It also marked the end of the wettest 12-month period in NOAA's 125 years of record-keeping.
More than 137,000 people have fled their homes.
Researchers say warming trends are responsible for as much as 20 percent of the drought.
Late last month, a stalled weather front dumped more than 13.5 inches of rain in a few hours on Long Island, flooding over 1,000 homes and businesses, opening massive sinkholes, and forcing hundreds to evacuate. That's almost as much rain as Long Island typically gets in an entire summer.
There are hundreds of pages of information, observations, projections, and conclusions to absorb -- almost all of it bad news.
Andy's drive to repair the smog-damaged woods of the local mountains became a 40-year passion for addressing pollution, drought, and global warming through systems that mimic natural forests.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated incorrectly that ancient Hawaiians had 2,000 names for rain. There
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