Spring storms that included five consecutive days of rain last week knocked out drought in Southern California, according to this week American drought report.
The storms in late March and early April, including the system that flew over SoCal throughout the past week, provided a dramatic turnaround after a dry start until 2020. This meant an improved outlook for the year water, which runs from October 1 to Sept. 30.
“This drought we had (in southern California) has completely disappeared from the storms,” said Shanna Mendiola, NBC4 forecaster. “We’re going to look pretty good here as we head into September and the end of the water year.”
February is generally the wettest month of the year in Southern California, followed by January and February. But more than 75 percent of the state was considered unusually dry in late March, according to the United States’ weekly drought report.
That figure had dropped to 58% in this week’s report, which showed no drought conditions in Southern California.
“Record rains continued in southern California and Arizona,” said a statement in this week’s Drought Monitor report. “In the past six weeks, areas in and around Kern County, California have gone from significant precipitation deficits to much higher than normal values accompanied by flooding in the area.
“Most areas of southern California have recorded 800% of normal precipitation in the past week and 200 to 400% of normal in the past 30 days.”
Before last week’s slow storm brought rainy days to the area, parts of western Los Angeles County and Ventura County remained unusually dry.
A weak storm system expected to arrive on Friday could bring light rain in parts of southern California.
As with the rest of the state, a pocket in the far north of California remains in severe drought, according to this week’s report. The rest of central and northern California is unusually dry or experiencing moderate drought.