Friday November 3, 2023

The Sacramento Bee

California is drought-free ahead of a winter predicted to be plenty wet.

A state once gripped with arid conditions and water stress, has bounced back to conditions similar to what was monitored in March 2020. No one is living in a drought area — according to a Thursday update from the U.S. Drought Monitor — a significant decrease from roughly 3,000 people in October and roughly 9,800 people in September.

Approximately 903,000 people remained in drought areas in August.

The update showed 0% of California has “moderate drought,” down from 0.07% on Oct.10. Roughly 6% of the state — parts of Del Norte, Siskiyou, Modoc, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial counties — remains “abnormally dry” as of Oct. 31. Before that, conditions teetered between 25% and 32% from May to mid-August.

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