DISASTERS

Update shows 99.7 percent of California still in moderate drought or worse through November

  • A vehicle sits in mud up to its windows on Soboba Road near Gilman Springs Road in San Jacinto, Calif. on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Heavy rains triggered flash floods and stranded more than three dozen people in their cars in Southern California. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Frank Bellino)

    A vehicle sits in mud up to its windows on Soboba Road near Gilman Springs Road in San Jacinto, Calif. on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Heavy rains triggered flash floods and stranded more than three dozen people in their cars in Southern California. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Frank Bellino)  (The Associated Press)

  • A car sits partially submerged in flood waters on Hemet Street in Hemet, Calif., Thursday morning, Dec. 4, 2014, after overnight rains doused the area.  A second day of much-needed rain is falling across drought-stricken California. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Craig Shultz )  MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT ; LA TIMES OUT

    A car sits partially submerged in flood waters on Hemet Street in Hemet, Calif., Thursday morning, Dec. 4, 2014, after overnight rains doused the area. A second day of much-needed rain is falling across drought-stricken California. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Craig Shultz ) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT ; LA TIMES OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • A truck that had been stuck in the mud up to its running boards sits on Gilman Springs Road near San Jacinto, Calif. early Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.  A second day of much-needed rain is falling across drought-stricken California. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Darrell R. Santschi)  MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    A truck that had been stuck in the mud up to its running boards sits on Gilman Springs Road near San Jacinto, Calif. early Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. A second day of much-needed rain is falling across drought-stricken California. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Darrell R. Santschi) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

More than 99 percent of California remains in moderate or worse drought despite rains received through the end of November, national drought experts said Thursday.

The data cutoff for the update was Tuesday, meaning rain and snow Tuesday and Wednesday from the state's heaviest storms so far this season were not reflected, said climatologist Brian Fuchs at the National Drought Mitigation Center in Nebraska.

The update shows the state's drought status was unchanged from the previous week, meaning 55 percent of the state still is considered in the most extreme category of drought while 99.7 percent remains in moderate drought or worse.

The past two months have seen several back-to-back rain storms. The rain in recent days was among the heaviest that some areas had seen in years.

Fuchs and other climatologists stressed that California needs to see a consistent pattern of storms to move it out of what has been its driest three years on record.

"One event isn't going to take away three years of drought," Fuchs said.

Along with rain and snow, drought monitors consider the water levels in reservoirs, rivers and streams, soil moisture, and dozens of other factors.

The storm that moved through California this week dropped widely varying amounts of rain, ranging from trace amounts in parts of the state to 14.5 inches in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California.