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1-in-1000 Chance California’s Drought Will End This Spring

The National Weather Service says there's a slim chance of enough rainfall to bring the state back to normal precipitation levels, leading to concerns that California is in for another rough summer season for wildfires and other problems

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The National Weather Service has some discouraging news for anyone hoping California’s drought might end soon: the chance of enough rain falling in the next three months to bring the state back up to average precipitation levels is now 1-in-1000. That’s down from the 1-in-200 odds it estimated back in January.

California is experiencing the driest conditions in the state’s history, and Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Jan. 17, as reservoir levels approached disturbing lows.

MORE: California’s Farmers Need Water. Is Desalination the Answer?

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