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How Dry Are We? Local Rainfall Was 18 Percent of Normal in 2013

This year was the driest on record, with Oakland breaking its previous record by nearly 6 inches.

A dry riverbed in California in 2009. Photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
A dry riverbed in California in 2009. Photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
If you're feeling a little parched as this year comes to a close, there's a reason.

On Tuesday, Oakland — and the rest of Northern California — finished 2013 with the driest rainfall year on record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported its Oakland rain gauges recorded 4.24 inches of precipitation in 2013.

That's 18 percent of the normal annual total of 23.96 inches.

It was also nearly 6 inches below the previous record of 10.02 inches, set in 1976.

Official Oakland rainfall records extend back 50 years.

For more about this year's record low precipitation, see "Bay Area Rainfall Lowest on Record – By Far."

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