Our rainy season started off with a nice nearly 0.2" of rain that fell overnight
This was then followed by unseasonably hot temperatures for a few days.
Then a nice cool-down.
Current conditions for the drought are captured here: http://www.californiadrought.org/drought/current-conditions/, which mostly speaks to the water year(s) just ended:
...the 2012-2015 period encompasses the driest four consecutive water
years in California since 1895, with statewide precipitation at only
62.2 inches. The second driest four consecutive years was 1917-1920,
with 63.1 inches of precipitation, when California had a much smaller
population and far fewer acres of farmland.
The forecast for the 2017 water year is still uncertain. The weakened La Niña conditions offer the possibility of a wetter year ahead, but forecasters remain wary.
It will take a long time before the end of drought finally arrives as
the state needs multiple, consecutive wet winters, and ideally cooler
years, to increase soil moisture and allow the mountain snowpack to