The drought in California has added up to a 20" precipitation debt
A new NASA study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 20 inches of precipitation between 2012 and 2015, which is the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year.
The deficit was driven primarily by a lack of moisture-rich atmospheric rivers that move inland from the Pacific Ocean. A strong El Niño that lasts through the rainy months, from November to March, is more likely to increase the amount of rain that reaches California, but it will likely take several years of higher than normal rain and snowfall to recover from the current drought.
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