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The Totals Are In: Tri-City Rainfall Was 22 Percent of Normal in 2013

This year was the driest year on record with the region breaking its previous record by more than 3 inches.

By David Mills/Patch

If you're feeling a little parched as the new year begins, there's a reason.

On Tuesday, the Tri-Cities -- and the rest of Northern California -- finished 2013 with the driest rainfall year on record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported its rain gauges on in Newark recorded 3.36 inches of precipitation for 2013.

That's 22 percent of the average total of 15.09 inches for the area.

It was also more than 3 inches below the previous record of 6.90 set in 1976.

NOAA officials said there were record dry years at all 27 of its Bay Area stations. The agency has been keeping records since 1917.

The lowest on the NOAA list this year was Gilroy, which received 2.56 inches of rain this year. That's 12 percent of normal and more than 8 inches below its previous record of 11.18 inches.

Oakland received 4.24 inches of rain, 18 percent of normal and well below the previous record of 10.02 inches.

The only two areas with more than 10 inches were Muir Woods and Occidental in the North Bay.

Muir Woods received 12.69 inches, 33 percent of normal. Occidental got 15.45 inches, 27 percent below its normal of 56 inches per year.

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