Going into February, California has already reached its "normal" level of rain (11 inches) and continues to grow. This is amazing considering the new rain year started at the end of November, meaning it has only been about 3 months and we have already reached "normal". According to Mr. Hollister, California would need around 21 inches to officially be out of the drought, however, even if we do not reach that amount, the total snow pack accumulating in the mountains will likely be enough to substantiate that amount. According to the CSM, snow packs in the Sierra have reached 173 percent of average for February 4th. It is expected that once Spring arrives, the current snow pack will deliver 5.7 trillion gallons of water, which is a lot of cubic feet. According to the University of Colorado-Boulder and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory the snowpack has filled more than a third of California’s “snow-water deficit", which is a substantial amount, however it is still debatable to whether we ought to be considered out of the drought. One thing is for sure, we are on the path to completion, however, it is still extremely important to conserve water in order to foster a healthy future and generate enough ground water to survive the next drought.