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Despite Record Rainfall, California Drought Virtually Unchanged – Video From the Ground

I10 washoutThe monsoon machine was in full gear this weekend, but unfortunately for drought-weary California, the long-lasting impacts of helping the multi-year drought are unlikely to be drastically altered. Southern California and the desert Southwest were inundated with flooding rain, with San Diego’s 1.60″ of weekend rainfall more than 55 times what it typically sees in the entire month of July. Some locations in and around San Diego and Los Angeles, particularly in hillier terrain, saw rainfall totals of over two inches over the weekend.

The typical monsoon pattern over the Southwest tapped into moisture associated with the remnants of once-powerful Hurricane Dolores and transported it over the portions of California, Nevada, and Arizona. The flooding rain closed highways and washed out bridges, such as a destroyed one on Interstate 10 near Desert Center, CA. The highway, as of Monday afternoon, is closed in both directions and the detour will add over two hours to the drive between Phoenix and Riverside, CA.

Despite all the rain this weekend, many places in California are still more than a foot below expected rainfall totals dating back to 2012. Much of California is expected to remain in an exceptional to extreme drought in the next report by the U.S. Drought Monitor, set to be released on Thursday.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Jason Cerjak

Video From the Ground

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