Area's drought classification drops one level

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
In addition to adding approximately 4,000 acre-feet (3,572,000 gallons) of water to Lake Casitas, last weekend's rains were enough to move the drought status of the Ojai Valley — from exceptional to extreme, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The change was posted on the Drought Monitor's website Jan. 26.
“After last week's rains, pretty much all of the state is at 150 percent to 200 percent normal precipitation for this season,” said Eric Boldt, of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “So a large part of the state changed by one category.”

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