By Mariamne Beuscher, communications intern

Record amounts of rain soaked the west during recent heavy storms, but has the drought ended?

Back-to-back storms have dumped the most rain in decade over California, which has stirred excitement among many individuals who claim the drought is over. Although storms have brought snowpack in the Sierras to above average and triggered flooding, we are not out of the woods just yet.

Nearly 1,500 wells remain dry in Tulare County, the epicenter of the drought. Reservoirs and groundwater supply remains critically low. Experts warn that weather patterns can be unpredictable and that one year of adequate rain will do little to relieve years of drought conditions. The good news is that as the Sierra snowpack melts it will help recharge groundwater supply and feed reservoirs.

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