The latest Drought Monitor released for California is showing that despite the recent rain the north state has received, there has still not been any noticeable progress for the region's drought status. Some areas in Southern California have even regressed from the last survey. Most notably, the area designated under Exceptional Drought (also known as a D4 classification) has now expanded to include Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and parts of Ventura County. There is one area that did show signs of improvement, however. Del Norte County in Northern California received 12 inches of rain from last weekends storm, and has been upgraded from a D2 to a D1 classification. Although dry, and warm conditions are expected through the weekend, forecasters are holding out hope that a series of wet systems poised to return to the north state on Wednesday could have positive impacts for the status of the region. This update was released on Thursday, February 20th. Image courtesy of the National Weather Service Sacramento.