Cal­i­for­nia singing in the rain

Manila Bulletin - - World News -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AFP) — A se­ries of storms that have rolled across Cal­i­for­nia in the past week dump­ing heavy rain and snow could her­ald the end of a pun­ish­ing his­toric drought, of­fi­cials said Thurs­day.

“Bye bye Drought. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out,’’ tweeted the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in Reno, Ne­vada, which mon­i­tors parts of north­ern Cal­i­for­nia, the area hard­est hit by the storms.

Ac­cord­ing to the US Drought Mon­i­tor, the north­ern part of the state is out of drought con­di­tions, but much of south­ern Cal­i­for­nia re­mains in trou­ble, with some 30 per­cent still in ex­treme or ex­cep­tional drought con­di­tions.

“In south­ern Cal­i­for­nia, we’ve had the high­est rain­fall in at least five years and in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia it’s the high­est rain­fall in at least 10 years,’’ said Tom Fisher, weather spe­cial­ist for the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

“For ex­am­ple, if you go up to Santa Rosa, which is up in Sonoma County, nor­mally they would have about three inches (7.5 cen­time­ters) of rain for the month so far, and they’ve had 11 inches,’’ Fisher said, adding that the same sce­nario was play­ing out across much of the state.

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