Alex Breitler, Record

Even an extra day of February – and a rainy one, at that – could not salvage another dismally dry month in Stockton and the rest of California.

Stockton remains in danger of having its driest winter since 1975-76, depending on what March and April have to offer.

“It ain’t over yet,” said walnut farmer Tom McGurk, whose orchards may not have the soil moisture they need this summer if Mother Nature does not deliver.

In 20 years of farming east of Linden, the least amount of rain McGurk ever got was 10 inches. The most was 21 inches.

Right now he is at 4.5 inches, with time running out.

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