Recent rains significantly improve drought conditions across California

The significant amount of rain California received this week may have been a blessing in disguise, as it significantly reduced the drought conditions across the state.

A new report released on Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor states that more than 34 percent of the state was free of all dryness and drought conditions. Just three months ago following the Woolsey and Camp Fires, 0 percent of the state was drought-free.

Coastal areas from Los Angeles northward through the Bay Area received three to six inches of precipitation, as did much of the Cascades and interior northwestern California, the report states.

The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center 6-10 day precipitation outlook states that chances for a wet five-day period are particularly high from the California coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco eastward into southwestern Nevada.

That heavy precipitation could continue to chip away at the dryness and drought across California.