Storms bring drought relief to Calif. desert

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click image to zoomCalifornia DroughtThe Drought Monitor map of California released on Aug. 28, 2014. California reported a slight drought improvement this week in the most unlikely of areas – the Mojave Desert.

According to the Drought Monitor report, 95 percent of California is in severe or worse drought, compared to 98 percent last week. David Simeral, Western Regional Climate Center, explained in this week’s report the only area in the state to benefit from the recent shower and thunderstorm activity was the Mojave Desert.

“Otherwise, conditions in California remained unchanged on the map,” he wrote.

The Los Angeles Times compiled 191 drought maps to show a timeline of drought progression in the Golden State.

No relief is expected soon for either short- or long-term drought recovery. The 6-10 day outlook calls for a dry weather pattern with above-normal temperatures in the state.

Through the end of November, the Climate Prediction Center forecasts drought to persist or intensify in the majority of California with the exception of the Mojave Desert and the extreme southeastern corner of the state. Click here for a full look at the Seasonal Drought Outlook.



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