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California is drought-free for the first time since 2011, as a wet winter winds, scientists said.

Abnormally dry conditions are maintained in less than 7 percent of California, said the US Dürrmonitor on Thursday, as storms filled reservoirs, built snowpacks and improved soil moisture. The state has experienced some form of drought for the last 376 consecutive weeks (19459025), according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Parts of southern California are drier than normal, the drought monitor said in its weekly report, as there had been little rainfall in recent years, but none is suitable for drought conditions. Reservoirs in San Diego County only have a capacity of 65 percent.

While Newsha Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy at Stanford University, described the drought report and the rain and snow this winter as exciting, she said that they are not a sign of a damp future.

"If we have a few years left, our groundwater conditions may be in much better shape and we could be in better shape to deal with another possible drought that is coming," Ajami said , "California has a Mediterranean climate, so we experience many ups and downs in our weather conditions."

Several years of dry spells back to back, according to Ajami, can cause drought conditions. The water year before the drought started in December 2011, Ajami said it had rainy, snowy and cool conditions in a similar way as this year.

Record hot and dry years after then led Gov. Jerry Brown explains the state of emergency of the drought. Between 2010 and 2016, more than 102 million state trees died on 7.7 million hectares of forest, according to the US Forest Service.

The state terminated the executive order only in 2017, when less than 9 percent of the state's drought conditions were recorded. At the beginning of 2019, however, more than 75 percent of the state had a certain period of drought.

Above-average rainfall and snowfall have increased water supplies and snow cover in mountain ranges including the Sierra Nevada, where the state is located, at the end of February, 153 percent of the average. Wildflowers also flourished in Southern California because of the rain.

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But rains have also triggered mudslides and floods. including in areas burned by recent forest fires. Rain turned the wine city of Guerneville, Sonoma County, into an island, causing millions of dollars of damage to highways in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles.

With the capital reporting 126 percent of its normal rainfall, the situation is far from over by Wednesday's National Weather Service on Wednesday when state campaigns encouraged residents to clear their lawns Gold to convert the summer. "

Regardless of the current drought conditions, Ajami said, water should be used sparingly and the resource should be used efficiently and consciously.

"The reality is that over time we will go into and out of the drought." Ajami said. "We can not waste water for unnecessary purposes."

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