LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new drought report says all but 10 percent of California is locked in drought – but that’s actually good news.

A weekly U.S. drought monitor released Thursday shows just under 90 percent of the state is locked in moderate to exceptional drought.

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That’s the first time since early 2013 that even that small percentage of the state has been ranked drought-free.

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The four driest years on record for California have forced mandatory water conservation for cities and towns. Meteorologists credit a strong El Niño with bringing welcome snow and rain this winter.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says Northern California is now slowly coming out of drought. The federal drought-service says Southern California is now entering a fifth year of drought, however.

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