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Sacramento breaks 1884 record for low rainfall

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Updated: 1/24 9:03 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California's drought persists, Sacramento recorded its 47th continuous winter day without measurable rainfall, breaking a 130-year-old record.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1mQ3DnC ) the mark that stood since 1884 fell on Thursday.

Forecasters say it appears likely the city will go on to shatter the record, as there is no sign of rain for at least another week.

In response, municipal water agencies throughout the Sacramento region have called on customers to cut water use by 20 percent.

The newspaper says while the record applies only to downtown Sacramento, it exemplifies the dry conditions across California. Last week Gov. Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency.

Climatologist Kelly Redmond tells the Bee the 30 months ending in December 2013 were drier than any similar period ever recorded in the state.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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