No, California's drought isn't over. But this week, the state came to terms with the fact that the series of El Niño-influenced storms has made a dent.
State officials say it's far too early to declare the drought over — especially given that the rains seem to have focused on Northern California, while Southern California has seen comparatively little rain. But reservoir levels are rising, along with the snowpack. Both are key sources of water for the state.
Here is a look at how Northern California's water situation has changed:
1. Lots of snow ...
2. ... and lots of rain ...
3. ... work to fill reservoirs
Shasta reservoir (California's largest) level has done an impressive hockey-stick higher in the last few weeks pic.twitter.com/ZDOEvpWoXO— Paul Kedrosky (@pkedrosky) March 15, 2016
Lake Oroville's amazing compback. Courtesy Mark Tamayo pic.twitter.com/jncME51EbA— Bill Martin (@BillMartinKTVU) March 17, 2016
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The Almaden Reservoir, near San Jose, was full of water on Monday after four straight days of rain. The downpour has replenished several key reservoirs in drought-stricken California. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
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