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California drought report: Thunderstorms bring slight relief to desert
California drought report: Thunderstorms bring slight relief to desert

Over the last week, the only spot in California to see improved drought conditions was -- of all places -- Mojave Desert, officials reported. The area benefited enough from recent showers and thunderstorms for it qualify for a one-category improvement from "extreme" to "severe" drought, according to the latest statewide assessment released Thursday. "Otherwise, conditions in California remained unchanged on the map," wrote David Simeral, author of the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report. According to the map, 95.4% of the state now falls under the "severe" drought category — the third-harshest on a five-level scale -- and slight...

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