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California is completely drought free for the first time since 2011 as a wet winter winds down, scientists say.

Abnormally dry conditions lasted in less than 7 percent of California, the U.S. Drought Monitor said on Thursday, as a storm filled with reservoirs, built snow packs and improved soil moisture. The state experienced some form of drought for 376 consecutive weeks according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Parts of Southern California are stronger than normal, the drought tracker said in its weekly report, due to earlier years of small rainfall, but no qualifying conditions of drought. Reservoirs in San Diego County are only 65 percent capacity.

While Newsha Ajami, Stanford University's Urban Water Policy Director, described the drought and rainy weather this winter as exciting, he said they were not signs of future wetness.

"If we have a few years of it, then maybe our soil conditions will be in a better shape and we can in a better shape to deal with another potential drought , to come, "said Ajami. "California has a Mediterranean climate so we can experience a lot of ups and downs in our weather conditions."

Many years of dry period back to back, said Ajami, can cause drought conditions. The year before the drought began in December 2011, Ajami said California recorded rainy, snowy and cold conditions similar to what was done this year.

Record hot and dry years thereafter then-Gov. Jerry Brown declares an emergency drought. Between 2010 and 2016, more than 102 million state trees have died in 7.7 million hectares of forest, the U.S. said. Forest Service.

The state concluded only the executive orders for water restrictions in 2017, when less than 9 percent of the state recorded drought conditions. But at the start of 2019, more than 75 percent of the state experienced some degree of drought.

Above the average amount of rain and snow because water supplies and snowpack have been boosted in mountain ranges including the Sierra Nevada, where the state recorded the level of 153 percent of the average end of February. Wildflowers also bloom in Southern California due to rain. Related: Deadly California flood swamp 2,000 homes, turn 2 towns in & # 39; island & # 39 ;; record of snow hits Sierra

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Includes mudslides and flooding, including areas burned by recent wildfires. The Rain changed the wine town of Sonoma County of Guerneville to an island and caused millions of damage to the highways in the San Jacinto Mountains to the east of Los Angeles. According to the capital report of 126 percent of normal levels of rainfall, according to National Weather Service's Sacramento office Wednesday, the situation is different than when state campaigns encourages residents to inform their lawns "the summer."

Regardless of the current condition of drought, Ajami said, water storage and resource use of good and conscious should be a daily training.

"The truth is we are going and out of drought over time," says Ajami. "We will not waste water for unnecessary purposes."

Contributing: The Associated Press

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