Nearly 2 years’ worth of rainfall is possible in parts of Southern California over the next week

CNN

The historic run of dry weather has been one for the record books across the Western US, but now forecasts show some much needed relief is on the way.

Over 70% of the Southwest is in grip of extreme drought.

In Las Vegas, for example, rain has only fallen on two occasions over the past 273 days. And Phoenix has endured a historic run of heat and drought, recording its fewest annual number of rainy days on record in 2020 at just 15 days.

Now, a significant pattern change is expected to introduce much needed wet weather to the region.

On the heels of this week’s potent Santa Ana wind event, which brought hurricane force winds to the region and left 270,000 homes in the dark, the storm track that has long eluded the region is shifting south.