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Stockton’s last-minute sprint — or was it more of a stagger? — toward the end of the rainy season paid off.

We squeezed just enough water out of this weird, muggy weather to hit 10 inches for the year. And I mean 10 inches on the nose, with not one-hundredth of an inch to spare.

A week ago, it looked certain that we’d be stuck on 9.92 inches at season’s close.

Is there any practical difference between the two numbers? No.

But 10 inches is a nice, round number, and it sure looks better. Besides, as I reported last Saturday, every time Stockton has had back-to-back years with precipitation in the single digits, that has portended significant statewide drought.

California is still in trouble. Check out these reservoir levels as we move into the hot summer months. In particular, take a look at San Luis Reservoir, a key place for south-of-Delta water storage.

But for the moment, at least, 10 inches feels better than 9.92. And I’ll take it.

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