Drought returns to California amid dry winter

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This Feb. 20 map shows the increasing areas of drought in California. Valley News/U.S. Drought Monitor photo
Drought has returned to California due to a significantly dry winter, the U.S. Drought Monitor said recently. The weekly report issued by the agency, designates nearly 60% of the state, including the central and southern Sierra Nevada and adjacent areas of the Central Valley, as being in some level of drought. While Riverside County remains drought-free, as of Feb. 21, Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District shows Temecula as receiving only 7.11 inches of rain so far this season, less than half of the annual average of 16 inches. Lake Elsinore, which has an annual average of 11 inches has received 6.59 inches of rain and Hemet, with an annual average of 13 inches only receiving 4.82 inches or 37% of its annual average. California had been drought-free since
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