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Sacramento Region Sees One of Wettest Octobers on Record

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SACRAMENTO -- Rainfall totals in October in the Sacramento area have reached 4 and one-third inches, a whopping 493 percent above normal. But that doesn't mean California's five year drought is over.

"One good wet month does not a drought buster make," said Doug Carlson, spokesperson for the Department of Water Resources.

Although in the past a wet October is followed by a wet winter, long-range forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration aren't betting on it.

All that rain isn't affecting California reservoirs much since the ground is so dry that it is absorbing most of the rain.

"The reservoirs are still only at about 80 to 82 percent of normal," said Carlson.

But the rains are a good beginning because the ground has been saturated by a month of above average rains.

“Now that the grounds has gotten pretty wet, we’re going to see a lot more response in the rivers, in the reservoirs," said Erick Kurth, NOAA Meterologist.