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January 2015

Mid-winter warmth dominated the western United States, accompanied in most areas by unfavorably dry conditions. California's spell without meaningful precipitation stretched to six weeks by the end of January, greatly increasing the odds that drought will continue through a fourth year. Among the most serious drought-related issues in California was the lack of snowpack in key watershed areas, including the Sierra Nevada. The snowpack concerns also extended northward into the Cascades, where season-to-date precipitation has been adequate, but persistent warmth has resulted in melting of existing snow or precipitation falling as rain.

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