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Recent storms push the dial on Southern California drought, but how much?

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The Hollywood sign is seen during a rain storm in Hollywood, California on January 12, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

We’re not out of the woods yet, but thanks to this series of storms, more than 40 percent of California is seeing an end to the drought.

That’s according to a recent article from the Los Angeles Times, which has been following the U.S. Drought Monitor. The rain has considerably quenched much of the state, showing that 35 percent of the California has no unusual dryness. That’s an almost double increase from last week. While Los Angeles is still in the dry category, Northern California and the Sierra Nevada have been experiencing snow and blizzards. Needless to say, mudslides and floods can be an unwelcome companion to more rain and less drought.

Larry speaks to a team of water and weather experts today, to talk about the good, bad and ugly conditions that come with storms and what it means for the state.

Guests: 

William Patzert, a climatologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Felicia Marcus, Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board

Jeff Kightlinger, general manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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