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California Drought Comes to an End in Parts of the State

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Floods are seen in Paradise Park in Santa Cruz County, Calif., Sunday morning, Jan. 22, 2017. (Ryan Masters/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)

By    |   Friday, 27 Jan 2017 10:38 AM

California isn’t drought-free just yet, but half of the state is there thanks to recent storms and heavy rain.

According to the government’s Drought Monitor, as of Thursday, 49 percent of California was said to be free of drought conditions, compared with 5 percent a year ago. A series of winter storms that have caused flooding and avalanches improved California’s drought condition, according to SFGate, the sister site of the San Francisco Chronicle.

“In terms of the things that most people can see on the ground, literally, in Northern California, it’s fair to say that the drought is essentially over,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA, according to SFGate.

According to CNN, this is the first time in 36 months that the U.S Drought Monitor shows no indications of deep red on its map. The deep red indicates “Exceptional Drought.”

Just a month ago, the Drought Monitor showed that about 20 percent of California was still experiencing the worst of the drought.

January has been one of California’s snowiest months on record.

“Statewide average snowpack (snow water equivalent) is almost twice normal for late January, and somewhat more than twice normal in the southern Sierra Nevada,” said Richard Tinker, a drought expert with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, according to CNN. “Amounts actually exceed those typically recorded April 1 (snowpack climatological maximum).”

It’s still expected to be months before groundwater levels are high enough to provide residents with good water supply.

“To date, groundwater levels have not responded as one might expect, and remain critically low…water supply is dependent on groundwater,” Tinker said. “Thus potable water is still being trucked in to serve residents with dry wells in areas such as Tuolumne County, and the deepest wells may not respond to the recent inundation for many more months.”

This is the most drought-free California has been since April of 2013.

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