LOS ANGELES - This season is shaping up to be one of the driest years the Los Angeles area has ever seen.
Since the start of the water year on Oct. 1, the downtown area has received less than an eighth of an inch of rain.
This puts it in a tie for the fourth driest start to a water year.
The last time it was this dry was in the early 1960s.
So far, the rainfall is nearly four inches below normal for October through December.