Record-Breaking Storm Douses Drought-Stricken California

The National Weather Service called preliminary rainfall totals 'staggering,' including 11 inches at the base of Mount Tamalpais and 4 inches in downtown San Francisco.

Despite the problems, the rain and mountain snow were welcome in Northern California, which is so dry that nearly all of it is classified as either experiencing extreme or exceptional drought. The wet weather also greatly reduces the chances of additional wildfires in a region that has borne the brunt of another devastating year of blazes in the state.

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