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California is behind a whole year's worth of rain

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LOS ANGELES, July 30 (UPI) -- It would take a whole year's worth of precipitation to replenish the drought-ridden soils of California and erase the state's so-called "rain debt."

That's the takeaway from a new study by researchers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The scientists used decades of satellite data and ground-based precipitation measurements to analyze average rain and snow totals.

The data was used to calculate how far recent precipitation totals have fallen short of expected averages.

Averages aren't necessarily the norm, but the middle point between fluctuations. In non-drought periods, wet and dry years balance each other out. But according to the new study -- published in the Journal of Geophysical Research -- California has experienced a string of dry years between 2012 and 2014, building up a rain deficit of 13 inches.


that map...looking at california..looks so sad


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They better hope they don't get a heavy rain fall . The mud slides and flash floods will be overwhelming .

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There are quite a few patriots here from Cali, hope everyone stays safe.

we live right on the bay water's edge. we have heavy concrete barriers supposed to keep back the tide in event of rising waters due to storms. no flooding damage. NORCAL -woot!


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