Charts show vividly how winter storms have eased — but not erased — California drought
After a strong start to the water year, all of the Bay Area and California have moved out of the exceptional drought category, with most of the state now in the lesser extreme or severe drought categories, according to U.S. Drought Monitor data posted Thursday. The national Drought Monitor uses a number of drought measurements, including precipitation, soil moisture and streamflow, to determine which category an area is in. Exceptional drought is the worst category — indicating a water emergency. The next category is extreme drought, which brings with it widespread water shortages and restrictions.
- NBC Los Angeles: Winter storms wipe out worst of California drought
- ABC 7 – San Francisco: Strong start to rain year greatly improved Bay Area drought conditions, data shows