OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU, AP) - The recent monster storms to hit California have pulled the state almost entirely out of the historic drought, or any level of drought of extreme dryness.
The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that almost 90 percent of California is now classified as having no drought conditions.
The news comes just three months after reports showed that more than 80 percent of the state was in moderate, severe or extreme drought, and the rest was abnoramlly dry.
A large part of the change has to do with the rain that's fallen in 2019 so far.
Downtown San Francisco, in fact, has seen more days of rain in the first 70 days of 2019 than the city of Seattle, which is reputed for its rain.
The city by the Bay has logged 38 days of rain so far this year, while Seattle has seen 37 days of rain in the first part of 2019, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Scott Rowe.
Seattle also lost the wet-weather race to Oakland. Rain days logged at the Oakland International Airport show it rained there 40 of the last 70 days of this year. Seattle and the city of San Jose are tied at 37 days of rain each so far this year, according to the weather service.
All the rain in California is in stark contrast to weather patterns in 2016, when California was in the height of its 5-year historic drought.
Almost all of California is now reporting surpluses for the water year, though small areas in the northern part of the state are still in "moderate drought,'' according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
This season's storms have brought flooding to the Bay Area, inundated parts of wine country and sent the Russian River to its highest peak in more than 20 years.
None of this was expected as recently as October, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center issued its outlook for December 2018 through February 2019.
In the Sierra Nevada, the storms have translated to snow. Blizzards have pounded the region, burying the towering mountain range in massive amounts of snow. While frequently disrupting travel, the storms stoked a big part of the state's water supply - the Sierra snowpack that melts and runs off into reservoirs during spring and summer.
The most recent Sierra snowpack reading from the California Department of Water Resources on Feb. 28, reported a measurement of 153 percent of average to date.
A manual measurement at Phillips Station off U.S. 50 near Sierra-at-Tahoe found a snow depth of 113 inches and a snow water equivalent of 43.5 inches, more than double what was recorded there in January.
It was at Phillips Station back in April 2015 where then-Gov. Jerry Brown attended a snowpack survey that found a field barren of any measurable snow. Brown later ordered Californians to use less water. During the last survey, the department was unable to livestream the measurement because stormy weather cut the cell connection.
"This winter's snowpack gets better each month, and it looks like California storms aren't done giving yet," Karla Nemeth, the department director, said in a statement. "This is shaping up to be an excellent water year."
But if you are tired of all the storms, the weather service in the Bay Area has some good news for the immediate future.
"It should remain dry through the weekend and some parts of the Bay Area may even crack 70 degrees,'' said weather service meteorologist Rowe.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.