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April 29, 2014

April showers chase away one Fresno rainfall record

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Mark Grossi's dispatches from the Valley battle with air quality and water use

If you're still counting rain drops, Fresno won't set a record this year for lowest rainfall total, according to National Weather Service numbers.

The rain last weekend nudged the city to 4.77 inches for the season, which runs from July 1 through June 30. The driest on record is 1933-1934 with 4.43 inches.

Interesting note, there was measurable rain in both May and June of 1934.

Fresno still needs another tenth of an inch to move this miserably dry year into a tie for third with 1878-1879. And the Weather Service says there was measurable rain in May 1879.

One more interesting note, 2012-2013 was seventh-driest on this list until this year. It will move to eighth.

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Mark Grossi has the pulse of the San Joaquin Valley ecosystem, writing since 1993 about subjects such as the region's notorious air quality, the restoration of the San Joaquin River and unhealthy drinking water in rural towns. Twitter: @markgrossi Email Mark at mgrossi@fresnobee.com or call him at 559-441-6316.

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