California Is Officially Out of the Drought

Don’t Put the Umbrellas Away, Yet . . . .

         More rain is predicted midweek, which means Carol Leacock, the town’s County-certified rainmeister, will be back outside checking her rain gauge.

          A headline in a Daily News March 15 story (“Wet Winter Ends Drought”) should come as no surprise to Pacific Palisades residents. It states: “California is drought free for the first time since December 20, 2011.”

          Rainfall is measured from July 1 through June 30. The first rain recorded in Pacific Palisades fell in October and measured 0.6 of an inch.

          Normal seasonal rainfall through February is 8.5 inches of rain. So far this year through February, Leacock has measured 21.3 inches of rain.

         An additional 1.3 inches of rain fell February 28-March 3, and on March 6-7, 2.2 inches of rain fell. Year-to-date total is now 24.8 inches.

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