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California isn't in a drought for the first time in more than seven years


In this photo from 2014, kids walk on rocks that are normally on the shore of Folsom Lake, Calif., a reservoir that at the time had receded more than 100 yards. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

For the first time in more than seven years, California is not in a drought.

The Golden State had been suffering from a water shortage thanks to low rainfall since Dec. 20, 2011, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.

“The state had experienced some form of drought for 376 consecutive weeks,” the Center tweeted Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the Drought Center posted that since the U.S. just experienced the wettest winter on record, there’s been widespread drought improvement.

Drought now covers less than 6.5 percent of the contiguous U.S., down from nearly 12 percent last week.

Thank record snowfall and precipitation totals in February in the western U.S. for the better conditions.