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Recent Rains Leave No ‘Lingering Dryness’ in SoCal

April 17, 2020 by Juliet Bennett Rylah
Photo: Ryan Vaarsi/Flickr

Thanks to rain in March and April, the US Drought Monitor Map shows no lingering dryness in Southern California, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service. 

The U.S. Drought Monitor releases a new map every Thursday using five classifications: abnormally dry (which may indicate an area either heading towards or coming out of drought) or moderate, severe, extreme, or exceptional drought. You can read more about how they determine these classifications here

In the image, the lower portion of the state is white, which signifies no dryness. But upper portions have patches of “abnormal” dryness to “moderate” drought, while one patch in the northwest corner displays signs of a “severe drought.” No parts of California are in an “extreme” or “exceptional” drought. 

According to ABC7, that comes out to 58% of the state experiencing some kind of dryness or drought. While down from 75% at the beginning of April, drought in the northern part of the state has worsened and our February was particularly dry.

If you’re just not in the mood for good news today, you can read about a potential looming megadrought in the Los Angeles Times. Or you can make yourself a nice cup of tea and enjoy the mild and cloudy weekend.

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