One Weekend Of Storms Ended Northern California’s 6-Year Drought


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Andrew Follett Energy and Science Reporter
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Heavy rain and snow pelted Northern California last weekend and largely ended a drought that plagued the region for 6 years.

Roughly 42 percent of the state is officially out of the drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Before the storms, just 34 percent of the state was drought-free, with only 7 percent considered “abnormally dry.”

Roughly 84 percent of the state was considered in a drought three months ago, with 16 percent labelled abnormally dry.

“In southern California, we’ve had the highest rainfall in at least five years and in northern California it’s the highest rainfall in at least 10 years,” Tom Fisher, a meteorology specialist for the National Weather Service, said in a press statement. “For example, if you go up to Santa Rosa, which is up in Sonoma County, normally they would have about three inches (7.5 centimeters) of rain for the month so far, and they’ve had 11 inches.”

California’s snow-packs, which are major sources of water in the state, are at 158 to 187 percent of normal capacity, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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