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California Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of Feb. 8-14

Storms continued to drop heavy precipitation over parts of California, leading to widespread improvements of the multi-year drought in the state, although some pockets have missed out on the precipitation and water restrictions remain due to low reservoir levels. A few large-scale improvements were made in central and southern California. Western Monterey and most of Santa Clara County are now drought free. Improvements were also made across the San Joaquin Valley, with snowpack well above 100% in the Sierras. Reservoirs are being replenished across most regions. At the foot of the Sequoia National Forest, Lake Isabella’s water level increased 20 percent. Further south, drought conditions broadly improved across San Bernardino and southern Inyo counties. However, Death Valley remains in moderate drought (D1) as the area has received just 35% of its normal precipitation for the Water Year to date (since Oct. 1).

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U.S. Drought Monitor - California DEWS

As of February 14, 2017

Author: Jessica Blunden,NCEI/NOAA

U.S. Drought Monitor - California DEWS
U.S. Drought Monitor - California DEWS
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
WeekNoneD0-D4D1-D4D2-D4D3-D4D4
Current
2/14/2017
43.94%56.06%24.19%7.41%0.73%0.00%
Last Week
2/07/2017
41.46%58.54%46.99%10.93%0.73%0.00%
Three Months Ago
11/15/2016
12.03%87.97%73.04%60.27%42.80%21.04%
Start of Calendar Year
1/03/2017
18.07%81.93%67.61%54.02%38.17%18.31%
One Year Ago
2/16/2016
0.29%99.71%94.69%81.82%61.40%38.48%

Drought Intensities

  •       None: No Drought
  •       D0: Abnormally Dry
  •       D1: Moderate Drought
  •       D2: Severe Drought
  •       D3: Extreme Drought
  •       D4: Exceptional Drought
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