LA only received 4 inches of rain last year

A pedestrian uses an umbrella while walking past City Hall in Los Angeles amid an ongoing heatwave on Aug. 29, 2017, generating triple-digit temperatures in some southern California communities.
A pedestrian uses an umbrella while walking past City Hall in Los Angeles amid an ongoing heatwave on Aug. 29, 2017, generating triple-digit temperatures in some southern California communities.
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The 12 month period from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018 was the third driest in LA's history. Climate scientists say both drought, and extremely heavy rainfall, are becoming more common in Southern California.

This story is part of Elemental: Covering Sustainability, a multimedia collaboration between Cronkite News, Arizona PBS, KJZZ, KPCC, Rocky Mountain PBS and PBS SoCal.