SoCal's Water Year Historically Dry So Far

Downtown LA has seen just 3 percent of its usual rainfall since Oct. 1.
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Los Angeles

This water year--which begins on October 1--is shaping up to be exceptionally dry in Southern California. Downtown LA has gotten only 0.12 of an inch of rain since the start, just 3 percent of the typical amount. The scant rain means this water year is tied for the fourth-driest start since records began in 1877.