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Map shows drought conditions in California before and after storms

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The new version of the federal U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows some improvement in drought conditions across California after two atmospheric river events delivered much-needed soakings of rain. Extreme drought conditions went from 87.18% to 80.28%. Despite the improvements, the new map showed there is no part of California not in some level of drought and reservoirs statewide remain well below capacities.