daniel swain in nbc news: some parts of california had no rain in february — and are already seeing wildfires

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Daniel Swain in NBC News: Some parts of California had no rain in February — and are already seeing wildfires

Huge swaths of California experienced its driest February on record, with some northern areas of the state recording zero precipitation for the entire month, according to the National Weather Service.  “California has a fairly restricted rainy season in the winter — between December and March — so we’re highly dependent on what falls during these few core rainy months,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles. “This year, it literally could not have been any drier.”