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Crosscurrents

Will 18 trillion gallons of rain wash California's water troubles away?

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Snow on the Mount Diablo foothills

It’s official — El Nino has arrived. Even though this week we’re finally seeing some sunnier weather, it’s been rainy! Atmospheric rivers in the sky! So, what's the result?

Reservoirs are filling up and our snowpack is way above average. But does this mean our state’s chronic water troubles are almost over? How is all that water affecting our water supply?

"The vast majority of rainwater in cities flows right into storm drains and goes to the ocean..."

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