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Major drought relief is observed in California as a round of storms comes to an end.

Since late December, at least nine major storms have socked California. At least 20 people have died in the three-week barrage of deluges and windstorms. Now the state welcomes a respite and the opportunity to repair roadways and infrastructure as floodwaters subside. Stagnant high pressure is in the process of building west of Vancouver Island. The dome of high pressure will deflect the jet stream northward.

That will lead to a lengthy stretch of dry weather as the high-pressure zone fends off any intrusions. California could see more active weather in early February.