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California Drought Over in Some Areas Thanks to Heavy Rain, Snow

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A view of Lake Hollywood in Los Angeles during a rain storm in Hollywood, California on January 12, 2017. (Konrad Fiedler/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 02:27 PM

The California drought appears to be over, at least in the north, as recent rain flooded some areas and snow blanketed the Sierra Nevada. Other parts of the state remain parched.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, storms rolling through California have helped drop the share of California that is experiencing abnormally dry or in drought conditions from 82 percent to 65 percent, Bloomberg reported.

KXTV reported one positive sign can been at Sacramento's Folsom Lake, where the water level has increased from lower than 200,000 acre-feet in 2015 to more than 560,000 acre-feet this month. SFGate.com reported the lake rose 44 feet over the last month.

The television station also pointed out the Lake Oroville reservoir in Butte County, which was "virtually bone dry" in 2014, is now at 80 percent of its capacity, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

SFGate.com said the elevation of Lake Oroville increased 20 feet in six days.

"This isn't entirely unusual, but it doesn't happen every day," said Kevin Wright, the California Department of Water Resources' Oroville Field Division's water services supervisor, according to SFGate.com. "We haven't seen the water level rise like this since we've had the drought over the past approximately four years."

California's weather is an important concern for the nation's economy with the state being the biggest U.S. agricultural producer, noted Bloomberg. More than 400 crops are grown there, including more than one-third of the nation's production and two-thirds of its fruit and nut output.

Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis, Jay Lund wrote on his blog Sunday that state officials should use this time to prepare better for future droughts.

"California must now deal with the aftermath of the drought and preparing for the next one, even as some parts of California still suffer from the drought and some areas worry about flooding," Lund wrote. "Hopefully southern California, especially poor Lake Cachuma, benefits from storms in the weeks to come. We live in a complex place. But it works better if we work at it."

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