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California Drought News: Rain, lightning, snowpack measurement



Despite some recent rain, California is still behind in average rainfall so far for the year.
Despite some recent rain, California is still behind in average rainfall so far for the year.
Photo by IRRI Photos via Flickr Creative Commons

Why's the ground all wet out here? Who's been wasting water? Oh right, rain...

Well, let's freak out about it:

Ok, enough about the rain. Drought's still on.

Tuesday's public test takes place near Highway 50, near a log cabin belonging to the descendants of Joseph Phillips, who first settled the region in 1859. The area was a favorite route of early Gold Rush explorers seeking easier paths into California. (National Geographic)