Rain Barely Made a Dent in California Drought

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Fall has arrived, but in Southern California, warm, dry conditions remain. While the state has received some rain in recent weeks, the overall picture remains largely unchanged.

Q: How did we do in October?

Last month was the third-warmest October in California since officials began keeping records more than a century ago, according to government climatologists.

The average temperature statewide in October was 64.5 degrees, less than one degree below the all-time record set in 2003, the National Climatic Data Center reported.

Q: How warm has California been so far this year?

So warm, it's a record. In fact, 2014 is likely to be California's hottest year since 1895, when temperature record-keeping began. Between January and October, the average temperature across the state was 63.8 degrees. That's a record for that time period, and more than four degrees higher than the average — 59.6 degrees.

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