Drought conditions lift for almost a quarter of California

October rains have helped usher almost a quarter of California out of drought conditions, according to a national weather report released Thursday.

The U.S. Drought Monitor reported that about 12 percent of the state had no drought as of Tuesday, while almost 13 percent of the state — including San Francisco — was still abnormally dry but not in a drought.

San Francisco experienced higher than normal rains last month when almost 2.5 inches of rain fell downtown, according to meteorologist Brian Mejia from National Weather Service. It is normal for just 1.36 inches to fall in October.

“So that’s good,” Mejia said. “But essentially since we’ve been in this drought for five years now it’s still not enough.”

October was the first month San Francisco experienced significant rainfall since July, Mejia said.

Mejia said there is a 20 percent chance that rain could fall again late Saturday night and Sunday morning.

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