Rain and Snow in SoCal Is Not Enough — We Need a Drenching Up North

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Clouds cover downtown Los Angeles on Friday, May 8, 2015. Though welcome, the rainfall may be the last before a long, dry summer. (Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

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Every drop counts.

So the mantra goes in drought-weary California, where long dry spells are interrupted by mostly minor rainstorms like the one we just experienced.

But do these light storms really make a difference?

The rain and snow that falls in Southern California does help recharge our local groundwater supply and fill small reservoirs. But the way California’s water system is set up, consistent heavy downpours must also drench Northern California to make a real dent in the drought.


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