The latest Drought Monitor report released this morning shows no changes in our ranking from last week, meaning portions of south Kern County, including Taft and Frazier Park, remain in the lowest category of Abnormally Dry.
The report, which you can read in full here, cites: "In southern California, severe drought was eliminated in the Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles county region as the response from recent rains has improved long-term impacts to groundwater. Improvements were also made in the Imperial Valley in response to recent rains where abnormally dry, moderate drought and severe drought were all improved... Some abnormally dry conditions were left in place because of the low snow totals from this current water year."
The extended forecast keeps us dry for at least the next two weeks here in Kern County, so expect drought conditions to continue. Though Bakersfield has officially recovered from the drought, the State Drought Emergency issued by Governor Jerry Brown several years ago will remain in place due to portions of far Southern California remaining in Severe Drought. Therefore water conservation efforts should continue.
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