More of California removed from the drought as atmospheric river takes aim at Bay Area

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Thursday, March 9, 2023
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ABC7 News meteorologist Drew Tuma has the latest on the atmospheric river moving into the Bay Area.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The latest drought monitor arrived Thursday and it showed an improvement in drought conditions in part of the state.

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Along the central coast and in the San Joaquin Valley, drought conditions were completely removed.

Now just 43% of the state is in some sort of drought category, down from 49% last week. At the start of our winter nearly 100% of the state was in some category of drought.

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The Bay Area remained unchanged this week. Our region continues to be in the dry or moderate drought category, the 2 lowest on the drought monitor.

With an atmospheric river arriving across California and more rain next week, drought conditions are expected to improve with the next drought monitor update.

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