For several years, drought conditions have been plaguing California. Finally, a significant dent has been made in the drought over the past month for the first time in six years. Meteorologist Karissa Klos has more details in our WeatherNation report below:
A steady worsening of the drought has occurred for 3 years. Extreme to exceptional conditions have been growing, encompassing most of California.
Significant rain and snow has made huge improvement in the drought. The exceptional drought has vanished, and less than 3% of the state is listed as extreme. Parts of Northern California are no longer suffering from any drought conditions.
Over the last month, much of the Western U.S. has seen significant rainfall. Many areas in California and Nevada have seen more than 300% of normal precipitation.
The snow depth in the state has been steadily been growing this Winter. Areas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains have more than 10 feet of snow on the ground. As this snow melts this Spring, that will help the water situation across the state.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels