SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) – A new drought report says all but 10 percent of California is locked in drought – but that’s actually good news.
A weekly U.S. drought monitor released Thursday shows just under 90 percent of the state is locked in moderate to exceptional drought.READ MORE: Newsom Unveils State's COVID Recovery Plan; $75B Budget Surplus To Provide For Direct Payments
That’s the first time since early 2013 that even that small percentage of the state has been ranked drought-free.READ MORE: Asian American Attacks: San Francisco Police Investigate Two Separate Assaults Against Asian Victims on Muni Buses in Tenderloin
The four driest years on record for California have forced mandatory water conservation for cities and towns. Meteorologists credit a strong El Nino with bringing welcome snow and rain this winter. The U.S. Drought Monitor says Northern California is now slowly coming out of drought. The federal drought-service says Southern California is now entering a fifth year of drought, however.MORE NEWS: CHP Seeks Driverless Tesla With Man Riding In Back Seat Along Bay Area Roads
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