Is the California drought over? What’s the current status after the latest rainstorms?

After weeks of atmospheric river storms, California’s excessive drought, the second-highest diploma, has just about ended.

The excessive precipitation was restricted West of the Sierra Nevada mountain vary, which did little to replenish Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the nation’s two greatest reservoirs. The U.S. Drought Monitor reported 0.32% excessive drought in California on Thursday, down from 27.1% final week. Severe drought, the third-highest, dropped from 71% to 46%.

Due to the further rainfall, California and Nevada’s excessive drought designation was downgraded the week earlier than. Since Christmas, California has gotten virtually 3 toes of rain, whereas the Sierra Nevada Mountains have skilled a document snowy begin to the season.

Experts say it’s going to take a number of seasons of 120%–200% rain and snowfall to finish drought in the West. However, the Sierra Nevada space has already acquired 87%–192% of its seasonal precipitation.

Nate Stephenson, a scientist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Western Ecological Research Center, informed ABC News that snowfall is best than rain as a result of it melts slowly and is best absorbed by the land, making a “water bank” for spring and summer season.

California is at 226% of its normal snowpack for this time of yr, surpassing the highest degree reported on April 1.

On Tuesday, California soil moisture was 100%, up from 2% on November 1. Experts informed ABC News that the moisture would possibly stop a state-wide tree die-off.

California’s greatest reservoirs are additionally recovering, though they’re nonetheless under regular for this time of yr. Shasta Lake in Shasta County, Northern California, is at 41% capability, in comparison with 67% for this time of yr.

Data reveals Lake Oroville and Folsom Lake are at 46% and 42% fullness, respectively, in comparison with normal storage capabilities of 85% and 100% for this time of yr.

The Colorado River Basin, together with Lake Mead and Lake Powell, is amid a 22-year megadrought, and the deluge to this point has not helped. After historic lows final summer season, Lake Mead is 28% full.

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