Because we are only occasional visitors, the browning of California was all the more noticeable. I recall returning to Arizona back in May and thinking after we crossed the Colorado River, "Wow, the desert here is so green!"
We have been blessed with rain and snow across the West this winter. The snowpack in Colorado bodes well for the recovery of Lakes Mead and Powell. Should be some good river rafting this year, too. Glad to hear SoCal and the Central Valley are also getting their share!