25% of California Is Drought-Free, Federal Officials Say in New Report

A rainy October pulled a quarter of the state out of drought. (Credit: U.S. Drought Monitor)

A rainy October pulled a quarter of the state out of drought. (Credit: U.S. Drought Monitor)

A rainy October in Northern California has lifted about a quarter of the state out of drought conditions, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday.

It’s the rosiest picture released by federal officials since the spring of 2013, when about 64% of the state was considered to be in “moderate drought” — or worse.

The rains so far this fall have given some weather watchers reason for optimism as California braces for a potential sixth year of drought.

But much of Central and Southern California remain locked in what the drought monitor calls “exceptional or extreme drought.” About 43% of the state has been classified as such for at least the last three months.

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