Wet February almost eliminates drought in California • Long Beach Post

February storms have almost eliminated drought conditions from California.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday that just over 67 percent of the state is totally free of any level of dryness.

Just under 30 percent is classified as abnormally dry, and less than 4 percent remains in either moderate or severe drought.

Long Beach has received 15.03 inches of rain since Oct. 1, which is 179 percent of normal.

The drought conditions across the state are confined to a far northern area along the California-Oregon border.

Three months ago, more than three-quarters of the state was in moderate to extreme drought and the remainder was abnormally dry.

Precipitation is continuing to fall Thursday as a cold but not very moist system impacts Southern California and showers linger on the Central Coast. Chances of rain return to Northern California during the weekend and early next week.

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