The latest drought report shows 58 percent of California remains in severe to exceptional drought conditions. Although the recent snapshot remains virtually identical to last week, the state experienced some of the most drastic overall improvements in recent years. California's most severe drought-stricken areas shrank from 43 percent a year ago to 2 percent this week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The Drought Monitor, which collects data from 50 different weather indicators, last showed a drought map that was clear in December 2011.
This article was originally published on Aug. 7, 2014 and is updated periodically. Changes have been made in the text to reflect the latest developments.
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