Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Long way to go

It's official: California rainstorm didn't cure the drought

Rings on the dam at Diamond Valley Lake show the dropping water levels. ALLEN J. SCHABEN/Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Despite a “respectable” amount of rain this week across all of California, it wasn’t enough for federal agencies to improve the state’s drought picture, new data released Thursday show. In a report that likely surprises very few, the U.S. Drought Monitor said of the storm that hovered over California since Monday: “More than this is needed to offset the accumulated deficits.”

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Rain soothes psyches, but reservoirs in bad shape

San Francisco Chronicle

The recent storms are doing wonders for the California psyche, but it will take more than a few days of rain to pull the state out of its precipitation doldrums. The water level in the primary reservoir for the State Water Project is lower than it has been in 37 years.

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