Weather extremes wither LA, drown Texas

By JOHN ANTCZAK / Yahoo! News

Barring a surprise arrival of the kind of gully washers Texas is getting these days, Los Angeles’ driest year in 130 years of record-keeping will go into the books this weekend.

The nation’s second-largest city is missing nearly a foot of rain for the year counted from July 1 to June 30. Just 3.21 inches have fallen downtown in those 12 months, closer to Death Valley’s numbers than the normal average of 15.14 inches.

And it’s much the same all over the West, from the measly snow pack and fire-scarred Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada to Arizona’s shrinking Lake Powell and the withering Colorado River watershed.
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