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Ideologies clash as weather service realigns the annual rainfall calendar

Ideologies clash as weather service realigns the annual rainfall calendar

After using the so-called rain year — July to June — for more than 130 years to measure precipitation totals, National Weather Service stations in Southern California recently started using the "hydrological year" — October to September. While this may seem like inside baseball — or inside rainfall — to the general public, it's serious enough for those in the weather world to get hot and bothered about. "Some of the guys … a climate dude, he wasn't very happy that they switched it," said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the NWS in Oxnard. "Because of the records and stuff, they wanted to hang on to" the...

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