After more than seven years, California is officially drought-free.
The National Drought Mitigation Center declared the state’s drought over after 376 straight weeks, since December of 2011. From 2015-17, urban residents in the state were ordered to restrict water use.
Now, experts say an especially rainy winter helped restore water and snow pack levels. However, about 7 percent of the state is still considered ‘abnormally dry’, and drought-like conditions could easilyl return in the future, climatologists warn.