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It’s over: California drought ends after 7 years

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 15, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For the first time since 2011, California is completely drought free as the wet winter winds down. Abnormally dry conditions linger in less than 7 percent of California, the U.S. Drought Monitor said on Thursday, as storms have filled reservoirs, built snow pack and improved soil moisture. The state had experienced some form of drought for 376 consecutive weeks, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. …While Newsha Ajami, Stanford University’s Director of Urban Water Policy, described the drought report and this winter’s rain and snow as exciting, she said they are not signs for a wet future. …Above average amounts of rain and snow since have boosted water supplies. …But downpours have also triggered mudslides and flooding, including in areas burned by recent wildfires. 

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