California remains in drought despite winter storms

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The U.S. Drought Monitor report for Thursday, Jan. 6, shows Riverside County as mostly being in a moderate drought. Valley News/Courtesy photo
The state of California remains in a drought despite December’s winter storms which dumped more than 130 inches of snow in the Sierra Nevadas, a key component of California Department of Water Resources’ water supply forecast. “We could not have asked for a better December in terms of Sierra snow and rain,” Karla Nemeth, director of the DWR, said. The Department of Water Resources conducted the first snow survey of the season at Phillips Station, Thursday, Dec. 30, which showed that early winter storms in December provided a strong start to the season and some drought relief, but California still remains in a drought, DWR said in a news release. The manual survey recorded 78.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 20 inches, which is 202% of average for this
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