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No end to Southland drought seen in winter rain forecast
No end to Southland drought seen in winter rain forecast

Southern California could see above-average rainfall this winter, but it won't be enough to shake the drought that is likely to persist or intensify in large swaths of the state, federal forecasters said Thursday. "The drought has been so severe and so long-lasting that it's going to take more than one year to get you back to normal," said Mike Halpert, acting director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center. Scientists at the center said that there is about a 67% chance that an El Niño — a warming of the Pacific Ocean that, combined with shifts in the atmosphere, sometimes produces more rain — will...

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