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Mar 14, 2019 5:00 AM 1+ week ago

California Is Drought Free After Very Wet Winter -- a First in More Than 7 Years, Officials Say

Posted 8:29 AM, March 14, 2019, by Associated Press, Updated at 02:57PM, March 14, 2019

These maps from the U.S. Drought Monitor show California on March 13, 2018, right, and on March 12, 2019, left. These maps from the U.S. Drought Monitor show California on March 13, 2018, right, and on March 12, 2019, left.

California is free of drought for the first time in more than seven years and only a small amount of its territory remains abnormally dry as a very wet winter winds down, experts said Thursday.

More than 93 percent of the state is free of drought or dryness, and areas of abnormal dryness along the Oregon border and in parts of four southern counties amount to less than 7 percent of the state, the U.S. Drought Monitor said in its weekly update.

The conditions in the far south are because of very dry prior years, the monitor said, noting reservoirs ...

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