The relentless storms that have hit California in recent weeks have helped to nearly eliminate extreme drought in the state, the US Drought Monitor shows Thursday.
The Golden State is facing extreme drought, the second highest level, which had forced several water management authorities such as the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of southern California to declare an emergency and ask users to cut consumption of the liquid.
The extreme drought in the state fell from 27.1% last week to 0.32% in the figures published by the Drought Monitor this Thursday.
The “serious” drought, the third highest level on record, also made progress in the Golden State, decreasing from 71% to 46%.
The storms that have hit California since Christmas, and have already left 19 dead according to the count of state authorities, have left more than 3 feet of rain accumulation in a good part of the counties (91 centimeters).
The Sierra Nevada mountains, which is one of the state’s main sources of water, have seen record snowfall, already exceeding seasonal averages.
The possibility of getting out of the extreme drought is almost certain since the data released today only includes rain collected in California through January 9.
The precipitations of the last three days are not included. Also, California expects a new storm for the weekend.
However, there are concerns that the rain and snow have not sufficiently helped the Colorado River basin, the region that needs help the most, including Lake Mead and Lake Powell, which are experiencing acute drought, ABC reported. .