Staying in Southern California: What to do if you’re planning to stay in the desert

L.A. County remains dry, most of Southern California avoids Northern California storm system. The latest NOAA precipitation map for the entire Los Angeles area shows only a smattering of rain falling from the big storm system moving east across the region.

Even in the Los Angeles area, there was not enough rain to provide much relief for the recent drought, according to the current NOAA precipitation map. The map shows rainfall totals in the Los Angeles area are now below 20 inches, and only 18 inches in parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The current drought is so grave that Southern California will be forced to seek refuge under the dryer, but still parched Central Valley region, according to the NOAA. That will put a lot of area residents in danger, especially in the Central Valley.

As the new NOAA precipitation map shows, Southern California remains dry, and the drought is worsening.

So what should you do if you’re planning to stay in Southern California?

“If you do not have a lot of plans for getting out to the desert, it may be tempting to cancel your plan and stay put,” says Chris Hagerty, chief oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “But the reality is that we are already having the impacts of the drought, and people are already responding by cutting back on their water use, reducing their use of electricity and using their car less.”

“The drought is happening in Southern California, but not in the desert,” says Hagerty. “And it is so great to see that everyone is looking at water use, and they are putting into place conservation measures so they are prepared for this drought, rather than waiting for it to go away.”

“People may be used to having a lot of water in Southern California, but now the reality of what is at hand is that we need to put in place changes immediately for us to be prepared for this,” H

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