After years of history drought levels and a steady recovery in 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown officially stated Friday that California's drought is over. For now at least.
Extreme to exceptional drought – the most severe levels – have lifted in the entire state since it first appeared on Jan. 28, 2014 , according to data from 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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