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Thursday, Jan 30 2014 06:21 PM

Thursday's rainfall much needed drop in the bucket

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    A couple and a child make their way across Chester Avenue as light rain falls Thursday morning.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Tadonisha Dukes uses her jacket to protect herself from the drizzle as she heads to lunch in downtown Bakersfield onThursday.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    With reflection of herself, a woman with her umbrella walks in the rain near jury services on Truxtun Avenue Thursday.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Rain sprinkles a windshield at the intersection of Truxtun Avenue and M Street in downtown Bakersfield as showers moved through the area Thursday.

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The 200ths of an inch of rain that Bakersfield got Thursday did not cost the area its dubious distinction of having its driest year since the National Weather Service began keeping records.

For the rain year that began July 1, the area around Meadows Field has had 1.09 inches of rain, the least since anyone started recording rainfall there in 1889.

Previously, the record had been set in the 1933-34 season, which by the end of January had 2.21 inches of rain.

"We've still got some time to make that up and at least be the second driest year on record, but we have our work cut out for us," said Jim Bagnall, a meteorologist in the weather service's Hanford office.

The rain brought with it powerful winds in and around Tehachapi, which was under a wind advisory through 7 p.m. Wind gusts at several stations in the area were measured at up to 45 mph.

There were some new systems headed for Kern County that could put a dent in the drought, with a slight chance of rain into Friday morning.

In a more typical rain year, there would have been 3.15 inches of rain by now, according to meteorologists.

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