Drought Conditions Nearly Eliminated From California Thanks to Wet February

An animation of maps from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the change in drought conditions in California from September 2018 to February 2019.

An animation of maps from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the change in drought conditions in California from September 2018 to February 2019.

February storms have almost eliminated drought conditions from California.

The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday that just over 67 percent of the state is totally free of any level of dryness.

Just under 30 percent is classified as abnormally dry, and less than 4 percent remains in either moderate or severe drought.

The drought conditions are confined to a far northern area along the California-Oregon border.

Three months ago, more than three-quarters of the state was in moderate to extreme drought and the remainder was abnormally dry.

Precipitation is continuing to fall Thursday as a cold but not very moist system impacts Southern California and showers linger on the Central Coast. Chances of rain return to Northern California during the weekend and early next week.

The U.S. Drought Monitor report for California released on Feb. 21, 2019.

The U.S. Drought Monitor report for California released on Feb. 21, 2019.

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