California drought-free for 1st time since 2011

The National Drought Mitigation Center says California is free of drought for the first time since Dec. 20, 2011.

Posted: Mar 14, 2019 11:21 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on California's extremely wet winter (all times local):

10:59 a.m.

The National Drought Mitigation Center says California is free of drought for the first time since Dec. 20, 2011.

The center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says Thursday that California experienced some form of drought for 376 consecutive weeks.

The center and federal agencies jointly produce the U.S. Drought Monitor, which reported Thursday that a very wet winter has eliminated drought from California and less than 7 percent of its territory remains in the lesser condition of abnormal dryness.

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6:52 a.m.

California is free of drought and only a small amount of territory remains in the lesser condition of abnormal dryness after a very wet winter.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says Thursday that more than 93 percent of the state is free of drought or dryness.

Tiny 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 Drought Monitor says the conditions in the far south are due to very dry prior years, noting that reservoirs in San Diego County are at only 65 percent of capacity.

After heavy snow early this week in Southern California mountains, weather is expected to warm under influence of Santa Ana winds before another storm approaches the state next week.

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Los Angeles118923221241
Riverside2894503767
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Orange2607213982
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1102371777
Kern102627811
Fresno950151422
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Contra Costa62164674
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Monterey42138327
San Mateo38872515
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Solano30024164
Merced28915395
Sonoma28004298
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Placer19763232
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15414209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12787185
Shasta10969174
Butte10922160
El Dorado9095100
Napa899869
Sutter884597
San Benito575259
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada394074
Mendocino379643
Amador344841
Humboldt318033
Lake314140
Glenn221923
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3957
Trinity3675
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Alpine810
Unassigned00
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