Parts Of California Fall Into Drought

KCBS Radio Morning News
February 13, 2020 - 8:27 am
Snow covers San Gorgonio Mountain, the tallest mountain in Southern California, on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019.

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Drought has returned to parts of California.

The U.S. Drought Monitor's weekly report released Thursday said the central and southern Sierra Nevada and adjacent areas of the Central Valley are currently experiencing “moderate drought.”

Though California had been drought-free since the early December, the monitoring report now expanded a designation of "abnormally dry" into San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and parts of northeastern California.

A week earlier the abnormally dry status applied to the Central Valley and a swath from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Sierra, as well as parts of the California-Oregon border.

San Francisco has not experienced any rain in February, historically a wet month, and there is no rain in the forecast. The statewide snowpack, an important measure of water resources, was at 58% of normal for this point.