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Downtown L.A.'s four-year rain total lowest ever recorded

Downtown L.A.'s four-year rain total lowest ever recorded

The last four years have been the driest such period in downtown Los Angeles for more than 140 years, the National Weather Service said. When the weather service’s traditional rain year, from July 1 to June 30, ended Tuesday, data showed that downtown L.A. received only 8.52 inches of rain this season, or 57% of average. When they combined that with data from the previous seasons starting in July 2011, they found that downtown received 29.14 inches of rain, or more than 30 inches short of where it should have been, the weather service said. The previous driest four-year stretch was from 1947 to 1951, when 34.02 inches of rain fell. Downtown’s parched landscape...

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