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Farm foreman Munguia looks over a field of alfalfa at a farm near Cantua Creek
Farm foreman Andy Munguia looks over a field of alfalfa at a farm near Cantua Creek, California Feb. 14, 2014.  Robert Galbraith—Reuters

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

Feb 18, 2014

NOAA/NWS California Droughts

NOAA/NWS

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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