By Lauren Dulatre
Over the last 20 years, the Northern part of California has experienced significant drought conditions.
But in the past 3 weeks, California has experienced a major drought improvement due to multiple, powerful rain storms. Around December 30th, 2022, California started to experience small rain storms that gradually got worse. The rain storms so far have brought heavy rain, thunder, lightning and strong winds. The effects of the storms made multiple California schools extend their winter break or continue school online, made many families evacuate their homes to try and go somewhere else that is safer and made multiple cities get flooded.
The percentage of drought in California has fallen from 71% to 46%. During the storms, some parts of California have received over 3 feet of rain ever since Christmas–talk about a Christmas miracle.
But it was not just the drought that was fixed in California, but the soil moisture has also drastically improved. The soil moisture was first measured at 2% on November 1, 2022, but as of January 10, 2023 the soil moisture measured at 100%.
So far from the Pacific storm, California has been experiencing positive benefits, and is now recovering from its 20 year-long drought.