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Snowfall from 67% to 161%: Huge shift in California drought

Posted 5:01 p.m. Thursday

— Recent storms bearing some of the heaviest snow and rain to hit Northern California in decades have helped bring a dramatic turnaround after more than five years of drought, which covered the state just a year ago.

Here are key numbers to know as the record dry spell eases:

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35 INCHES

Total rain in the last 10 days along California's central coast, according to the National Weather Service

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67 PERCENT

Snowfall in the Sierra Nevada as a percent of average on Jan. 3, according to the weather service

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161 PERCENT

Snowfall in the same mountains as a percent of average on Thursday

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-8 MILLION

Amount of water California's reservoirs were off the average, by acre-feet, or annual supplies for a household, in 2015

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+1.2 MILLION

Amount of water the reservoirs were off the average in January 2017, according to Jay Lund at the University of California, Davis

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2 YEARS

How many years' worth of normal rainfall was missing from the worst-hit parts of California ahead of January's storms, according to hydrologist Claudia Faunt of the U.S. Geological Survey

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174 MPH

Blizzard winds in Sierra Nevada on Jan. 8, measured at Squaw Valley, according to the weather service

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