[LA FEATURE]Running Dry

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Drought-stricken California communities face a third-consecutive dry year with no relief in sight

LA Rain Season Ends With Dismal Total, Seventh-Driest on Record

The calendar rain season extends from July 1, 2013 to June 30, but the drought-stricken region has little to show for it

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    Los Angeles' rain season ended with the seventh-driest rainfall total for the period in more than 130 years as the state enters a hot, dry summer under a drought emergency.

    Just 6.08 inches of rain was recorded in downtown Los Angeles for the rain season, between July 1, 2013 and June 30. That goes down as the seventh-driest rain season since record-keeping began in downtown LA in 1877, but slightly better than the previous rain season total of just 5.85 inches.

    The two seasons are the driest back-to-back seasons on record, according to the National Weather Service. Over the past three rain seasons, downtown LA is running about 2 feet below normal.

    The average for the rain season is 14.93 inches -- a distant aspiration in a drought-stricken state that just completed its warmest and third-driest winter on record. Significant rainfall deficits for the past season were also recorded in San Francisco to the Central Valley and south to San Diego,

    About 33 percent of the state faces "Exceptional Drought" conditions, including a large swath of the Central Valley region, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. "Exceptional" is the most severe of the Monitor's drought levels, which include Abnormally Dry (D0), Moderate (D1), Severe (D2), Extreme (D3) and Exceptional (D4).

    Nearly 77 percent of the state is categorized in Extreme/Exceptional drought, which brings the threat of rapid wildfire spread this summer, stressed crops and water supply issues.

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