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Despite its lush, tropical garden appearance today, Los Angeles is actually semi-arid, closer to desert than oasis. Through the marvel of modern irrigation, we’ve been tricked into believing otherwise. Left to its natural state, LA gets next to no rain for six months out of the year, with its average of nearly 15 inches usually coming during the winter months. But in California, averages rarely tell the true story. More often, years

are either wet or dry, alternating in cycles of about a decade. As most everyone has heard by now, California has been in a severe drought for the last five years, and for several years LA has seen only 5 or 6 inches of rain. This winter was a different story. Relentless rains in January and Februrary dropped that much in a matter of weeks, and the landscape began to transform.

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