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The Great Californian Drought

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In 2007 The National Weather Service announced Los Angeles was undergoing its longest dry spell since records began 130 years ago, fueling wildfires that have plagued the US west coast in recent years.

While LA is not an agricultural community if rain doesn't fall on it rain doesn't fall on much of California.

The agency said the southern California city had received less than 2.5 inches of rain since July 1, 2006, far from the normal precipitation of nearly 14 inches in the same period. The record-holder is the 2001–2002 season which saw just under 4.5 inches of rain. The worst wildfire year in the US was 2006, when fires burned nearly 25,000 square miles.

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Main Source: Agence France-Presse