The drought that has plagued California for the last seven years is finally considered over. Dry conditions remain in only 7 percent of the state, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The state had experienced drought in some form for 376 consecutive weeks.
In its weekly summary, the USDM stated, “Normal conditions also returned to most of southwestern Arizona to the Salton Sea in southeastern California. The rest of the region in Southern California is still abnormally dry due to very dry previous years. Reservoirs in San Diego County are only at 65 percent capacity. Big Bear Lake was down 18 feet in early March, although expected to continue to rise.”
Above normal rain averages have also helped conditions in other western states. “Well-above-average precipitation continues in the West, improving long-term soil moisture deficits, building snow pack, and filling reservoirs, therefore leading to more widespread drought improvement. Areas of western Utah received up to double their typical precipitation in the last month, improving conditions across the region,” the report says.