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Local farmers react to San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara County drought status

Karen Cruz Orduna // KEYT

SANTA MARIA, Calif. – The U.S. Drought Monitor reported both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties are improving with their drought status.

The improvement comes from the rainstorms that hit the Central Coast last month.

Local farmers said this will help their harvesting routine for at least one year.

This monitor is updated every Thursday.

There are a total of five drought categories:

  • D0- 'Abnormally Dry,'
  • D1- 'Moderate Drought'
  • D2- 'Severe Drought'
  • D3- 'Extreme Drought'
  • D4- 'Exceptional Drought'

On December 2021, the monitor showed both Santa Barbara and SLO counties in the extreme-to-exceptional drought category.

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