The desert is colored in colors during a rare super flowering near Palm Springs.
California is completely drought-free for the first time since 2011, when a wet winter drops, scientists said.
The abnormally dry conditions lingered in less than 7% of California, the US Drought Monitor said today, as storms filled the reservoirs, raised the snow pack and improved soil moisture . The state had experienced some form of drought for 376 consecutive weeks according to the National Center for Drought Mitigation.
Some parts of southern California are drier than normal, the drought monitor said in its weekly report, due to previous years of low rainfall, but none have drought conditions. Tanks in San Diego County are only 65% of capacity.
While Newsha Ajami, director of Stanford University Urban Water Policy, described the report on winter drought and rain and snow as exciting, he said they were not signs of a wet future.
"If we still have a few more years, then maybe our groundwater conditions will be in a much better shape and we could be in better shape to face another potential drought, which will come," said Ajami . "California has a Mediterranean climate, so we experience many ups and downs in our weather conditions."
Several years of drought on one side, Ajami said, can cause drought conditions. The year in which the drought began in December 2011, Ajami said that California had rainy, snowy and cold conditions similar to those of this year
. Records of hot and dry years have since brought Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency drought. Between 2010 and 2016, over 102 million state trees died on 7.7 million acres of forest, the US forestry service said.
The state has only closed executive orders for water restrictions in 2017, when less than 9 percent of the state experienced drought conditions. But at the beginning of 2019, more than 75% of the state suffered a certain level of drought.
Amount of snow and snow above average since they increased water reserves and snow cover in the mountain ranges including the Sierra Nevada, where state levels recorded 153 percent of the average at the end of February. Wild flowers have also blossomed in southern California due to rain.
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But downpours have also triggered landslides and floods, including in areas burned by recent fires. The rain turned the wine town of Sonoma County of Guerneville into an island and caused millions of damage to motorways in the San Jacinto Mountains, east of Los Angeles.
While the capital reports 126% of normal rainfall levels, according to the Sacramento office of the National Weather Service, the situation is very different from when state campaigns encouraged residents to let the their lawns "faded in gold for the summer."
Regardless of the current drought conditions, Ajami said, conserving water and using the resource efficiently and consciously should be a daily practice.
"The reality is that we will enter and exit drought over time," said Ajami. "We cannot waste water for purposes that are not necessary."
Contribute: The Associated Press
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