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Water Drought Could Last To November

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The US Seasonal Drought Outlook for Sep.-Nov. The brown indicates drought will persist or intensify | Image by U.S. Climate Prediction Center

A report released last week by the U.S. Climate Prediction Center said that Southern California's drought will continue or intensify through at least November.

That could mean more water restrictions down the road. Earlier this summer, Gov. Schwarzenegger declared a statewide water drought paving the road towards water rationing (this is the fourth driest year in 114 years).

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“This is one of those years where there’s not a strong signal from El Niño or La Niña; anything goes,” says Steve Vanderburg, a weather service forecaster, in the OC Register's Sciencedude blog by Gary Robbins. “We could get rain.” Both of the Spanish named weather anomalies can cause drought in the area.