Is the drought over?

Al Jazeera chart showing how much water is needed in California reservoirs

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The recent storms have been what water scientists and meteorologists agree is a very nice start to the rainy season.  

"It's the middle of December, and we've had two good storm systems," said Jay Lund, director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. "This could be the end of the drought; we won't know until late March. But it is certainly an easing of the drought."

In other words, too early to tell. The betting line is that California needs at least five more significant storms to bust the drought.

Here's a sampling of what the experts are saying as covered in recent media accounts:

NASA analysis: 11 trillion gallons to replenish California drought losses (NASA)

California drought years from being over (KSFN TV)

Is California's drought over? (The Press Democrat

Reservoir levels rise after Pacific storm (News 10)

California drought: Storm gives bump to state water supplies (San Francisco Chronicle)

Flood-causing deluge amounts to just drops in California drought (The New York Times)

Finally, good news in the California drought (Huffington Post)