Utah is Finally Drought Free!

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - It has been several years since we have been able to say this -- there are no droughts to report in Utah.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the declaration.

"We've had an exceptionally wet winter season which would be the December 1 through the end of February, with some places getting three or even 400 percent of normal precip {precipitation} over the north," said Michael Conger, Senior Forecaster, National Weather Service Salt Lake. "You put that all together and it knocked us out of a drought."

A map tweeted out from NOAA shows the drought conditions across the United States, with Utah coming in 100 percent drought free. That's a slight change from one week ago, with the Beehive state seeing dry conditions in parts of the Southern Wasatch Front and Central Utah.

"We have been coming out of an exceptionally dry stretch from the early 2010s and we finally got a good winter and got knocked out of the drought," explained Conger.

Many spots in the Western part of the U.S. are also either experiencing drought free conditions, or conditions that are at least better than years before.

"California for instance was an exceptional or severe drought, and almost all of that is gone because of the exceptional winter that they've had," Conger told Good4Utah's Brittany Johnson.

Although Utah is in the clear right now, Conger encourages everyone to still conserve their water usage.

"It's always a good idea not to waste water. I would say just because we're out of the drought, I would say we should continue -- at least our mindsets should continue." ... "Out here in Utah, the underlying climate is that we don't get a lot of precip and we need to conserve no matter what kind of a spring and winter we've had."

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