DroughtWatch: Storms bring dramatic relief

The major rain storms hitting California over the past week have brought the most dramatic relief yet to a parched Golden State, with reductions at all levels, according to the latest map from the United States Drought Monitor.

The most telling dropoff was in the worst category, Exceptional Drought, which fell from 18.31 percent of California’s land area to 2.13 percent in the course of seven days.

More than a third of California [34.62 percent] is now drought-free, compared to 18.07 percent last week:



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