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    Recent California Rain and Snow Too Little, Too Late

    By By Kristen Rodman, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    March 10, 2014, 1:11:30 AM EDT

    Following one of the driest years on record for the Golden State, recent rain and snow were welcomed with open arms. However, despite improving conditions, 2014 is not off to a better start, as nearly 91 percent of the state still remains in a severe drought as of Tuesday, March 4, 2014, according to the United States Drought Monitor.

    "The storm has had an impact and the numbers are better then they were before; however, when you take the whole picture into view, it hasn't really helped a great deal," AccuWeather U.S. Western Weather Expert Ken Clark said.

    Thanks to the most recent rounds of rain and snow throughout California, Los Angeles and San Francisco both received at least 86 percent of their normal rainfall for the month of February. However, farther south, San Diego only received 44 percent of the city's normal precipitation for February.

    "This was a decent storm but it was a fairly typical winter storm. It's not unusual but it's been the only we've had this year," Clark said.

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    As the storm that spanned from the end of February to the beginning of March was the only significant storm that the state received so far in 2014, the overall impact on the drought proved to be minimal.

    "The Sierra snowpack is still only about one-third of normal," Clark said. "If you look at the amount of snow cover there is and then look at the reservoir sites, most of them are at below or near all-time record low levels."

    Perhaps one of the most alarming actualities are the comparisons between 2013 and 2014, farther showing the severity of the drought in California.


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