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The drought forced many citrus farmers near Orange Cove, Calif., to mulch their trees because they couldn't afford to keep them alive. Recent rain and new groundwater regulations have eased the crisis, but only slightly. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Rain Eases California Drought Anxiety, If Not The Actual Drought

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Marina owner Mitzi Richards carries her granddaughter in September as they walk on their boat dock at the dried up lake bed of Huntington Lake in California, which was at only 30 percent capacity as a severe drought continued. The state was in the grip of its third year of severe drought, the worst in decades. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Yes, The Weather Is Polar. No, It's Not The Vortex

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A car is abandoned on a flooded street following heavy rains and flash flooding in Bay Shore, N.Y., on Wednesday. The South Shore of Long Island along with the tri-state region saw record-setting rain that caused roads to flood. Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images hide caption

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