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California Drought News: Waiting on the world to change



File: People walk in the rain downtown as a late-season Pacific storm brings rain and snow to Southern California April 20, 2007 in Los Angeles.
File: People walk in the rain downtown as a late-season Pacific storm brings rain and snow to Southern California April 20, 2007 in Los Angeles.
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It’s like waiting for the next Old 97s album! Calibrating expectations for rain is complicated. Do not be alarmed if moisture falls from the sky tonight after 7 p.m.; downtown Los Angeles may get half of its rainfall in the next several days. But don’t expect miracles, either.

Wednesday’s news is full of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan – the idea to spend $25 billion to shore up water supplies to central and southern California with tunnels, while investing in protections for the Sacramento San Joaquin Bay Delta.