A good late-winter stretch of rain means millions of your neighbors will get a lot more water than they expect this year because of another bump in the State Water Project allocation.
The State Water Project is that series of reservoirs, rivers and canals that moves water, generally from North to South in California.
That allocation is now up to 60 percent of the contracted amount for this year, an increase from 45 percent and the highest allocation since 2012.
That means about five million Californians and a million acres of farmland will get a much-needed boost, which Ted Thomas with the State Department of Water Resources says is possible because of what he calls a "miracle March."
"We had almost a bone-dry February, which made us uneasy," Thomas said. "Then March came in with a roar and went out with a roar, and really boosted the snow pack--significant precipitation overall."
Thomas says the northern reservoirs are nearly filled, including Folsom Lake, but the ones in central and southern California are not doing so well, so the warning remains, the drought is not over.