California Is Officially Drought-Free

California Is Officially Drought-Free

California Is Officially Drought-Free

California is drought-free for the first time in seven years after a winter of heavy rain and snow, scientists announced Thursday.

According to the National Drought Mitigation Center and the U.S. Drought Monitor, at least part of the state experienced a drought for 376 straight weeks. On Thursday, 7 percent of the state was still facing abnormally dry conditions, but not dry enough to constitute a drought.

In contrast, only 11 percent of California was experiencing normal conditions (meaning no “abnormally dry” weather or drought conditions) a year ago, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“The reservoirs are full, lakes are full, the streams are flowing, there’s tons of snow,” Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s National Climate Data Center told the Times. “All the drought is officially gone.”

In January alone, storms added more than 580 billion gallons of water to reservoirs across the state.

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