In the Clear For Now: What California farmers can expect weather-wise as drought conditions end

After years of drought, farmers and ranchers in California are finally in the clear, for now. But what does the future hold? Here are some expert predictions.

On the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, you can see the state is free of all dryness. An abnormally wet winter season alleviated precipitation deficits and replenished reservoirs. Water levels on the Cachuma Lake are not only at capacity but are sitting at current levels 136% above average.

AccuWeather predicts Golden State farmers will not experience any drought conditions again until at least 2025. Our weather team says farmers look to be heading into the warm season in pretty good shape, which would be great for ag production, but of course, there is no guarantee.

On the other hand, some fear the anticipated switch from El Niño and La Niña conditions in the fall of 2024, which could bring about new and unexpected drought concerns in the region, especially if that shift occurs during key harvest time.

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