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California Drought News: Rain + fire = good, beaches bad, pirates abysmal

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Hey, did you know that it rained last weekend?

Sorry, we know we've been talking about it a lot, but it's been happening so rarely lately that we may have forgotten what life is like after a downpour: 

  • Oftentimes, rain means flourishing grasses, which dry out and become great fuel for fire. That's not the case with the most recent storms, which actually decreased fire hazard risk. (KPCC)
  • Seasoned Southern Californians know to stay away from the beach after a heavy rainfall, but a new study says we should avoid the sand for at least five days. (LA Times)
  • Toddlers' minds can be blown by the simple task of washing hands, but they can also be taught to be responsible water users. (KPCC)
  • The U.S. and Mexico are teaming up this month to send 105,000 acre-feet of water from the Colorado River into Baja California. (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • The rain and snow capsized and sank a pirate tour ship that represented the only floating liquor license on Big Bear Lake. (Modesto Bee)

And finally, if you're curious about just how much rain fell in California over the weekend, Weather Underground has compiled the stats.

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