Map: Look at the Drought Difference in California From One Year Ago

Storms continued to pile on snowpack and fill California‘s water reservoirs over the past week, pulling even more of the state out of drought conditions.

Last week, a small sliver of extreme Northern California was the only part of the state in moderate drought. That area and a swath of California near its border with Mexico were listed as abnormally dry in this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor report.

One year ago, nearly 50 percent of California was in moderate to extreme drought. Part of Ventura County and a northwest Los Angeles County were in the extreme drought category — the second-most severe category in the drought monitor’s ranking system — at this time last year. 

Just three months ago, 75 percent of the state was in moderate to extreme drought.

Even the Salton Sea area, a southeastern California region the has consistently been among the driest parts of the state, returned to what the Monitor described as normal conditions.

“The rest of the region in Southern California is still abnormally dry due to very dry previous years,” the weekly report noted. “Reservoirs in San Diego County are only at 65 percent capacity.”

Big Bear Lake in the mountains east of Los Angeles was down 18 feet in early March, but it’s expected to continue to rise, according to the report.

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