Final Day of Water Year Brings Rain

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SACRAMENTO --

The official water year, defined as the period between Oct. 1 and Sept. 30, ended with measurable rain in Northern California.

Wednesday's rainfall added up a few hundredths of an inch in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, and about one-tenth of an inch on the west slope of the Sierra near Blue Canyon.

Not surprisingly, rainfall totals fell short of average all over Northern California for the water year. Sacramento received about 13 inches, 68 percent of normal.

Meteorologists are hopeful the El Nino weather pattern will produce a comeback year.

"Finally we're starting to see some changes happen in the weather," said Meteorologist Robert Baruffaldi of the National Weather Service in Sacramento. "So it's kind of exciting to see the beginning of perhaps winter starting to arrive here."

To pull out of drought this season, Baruffaldi said the region would need rainfall amounting to 150 percent of normal.

But, he cautioned, El Nino offers no guarantee of that much rain.