Wet winter ends California drought after 376 straight weeks

Mail Online | 3/14/2019 | Rod Ardehali For Dailymail.com
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California is drought-free for the first time in nearly a decade, experts have said.

Heavy rainfall during the winter months has left just a small amount of territory abnormally dry, with 93 percent of the state free of drought or dryness, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported.

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Only parts of Oregon along its border and small parts of four other southern counties are still experiencing abnormal dryness, bringing an end to 376 consecutive weeks of drought in the vast state.

The conditions in the far south are because of very dry prior years, the monitor said, noting reservoirs in San Diego County are at only 65 percent of capacity.

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Abnormal dryness describes an area either entering drought or emerging from it, but below the four tiers of drought.

'The state had experienced some form of drought for 376 consecutive weeks,' the center tweeted.

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The state came close to being drought-free in soggy 2017 when it was whittled down to less than nine percent and then-Govenor Jerry Brown lifted an emergency declaration intended to conserve water.

But since then paltry precipitation had raised concern about the water supply and a rethink of how it is used, especially for landscaping.

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