posted at 21:50
Author: Katie Sola
California rain causes chaos, but wont end drought
Although the rainfall's heavy enough to cause mudslides and flooding, it won't be enough to end the state's devastating drought. Over the past 24 hours, around 1.5 inches of rain fell in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Rainfall broke daily records in Southern California, according to the National Weather Service. Record warm ocean temperatures are supplying more water, and increasing rainfall. The state will need far more precipitation to plug its water deficit. As meteorologist Jan Null told the Washington Post: "The 3-season deficit for San Francisco at the beginning of the rainfall season was 26.07 inches." She went on to explain that "If you add that to the 23.65 inches needed for this season to ultimately reach normal we would need 49.73 inches to be at 'normal'." The summer's wildfires left Southern California more vulnerable to mudslides and flooding. While the storm delighted some Californians, others struggled to readjust to rainfall.

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