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Heavy Rain Will Soak California, Not Enough to Relieve Drought

It’s finally going to rain in California.

A pair of storms are expected to sock the drought-ravaged state beginning Wednesday night, delivering 2 to 3 inches of rain in San Francisco through Saturday and as much as 5 inches in San Diego and parts of Los Angeles.

Downtown Los Angeles has gotten only 1.2 inches of rain since July, and it hasn’t rained more than an inch on a single day there in almost two and a half years, weather historian Christopher Burt told The Weather Channel.

The soaking won’t come close to relieving California of its worst drought in modern history. Los Angeles is running a rainfall deficit of more than 17 inches since the beginning of last year.