Hillsides that turned from brown to green are a cosmetic sign of rain in Southern California, but a statewide drought map released Thursday is another with more significance.
What it shows is a notable improvement for parts of the state that started 2019 in extreme drought.
Below, four stories we're following today on NBCLA.com
Local news from across Southern California
Mapping the Impact of February's Storms
Some parts of California were in extreme drought at the start of the year. Look at the difference after a conveyor belt of winter storms.
[LA GALLERY UPDATED 4/2019] California Snowpack Through the Years
Relatives Can't Find the Graves of Dead Family Members
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of graves at one of Southern California’s most famous cemeteries appear to have vanished. Here's what the NBC4 I-Team discovered after complaints from families.
All Los Angeles City Hall Carpets Might Be Ripped Out
The concern stems from a typhus outbreak in downtown Los Angeles. A council member says a city employee possibly contracted the infectious disease, typically spread by fleas that have been infected by rats, cats and opossums, at work.
Lawsuit Stemming From Fight Over Kurt Cobain's Guitar Moves Forward
A prized guitar that Nivana's Kurt Cobain used for a celebrated acoustic session is at the heart of a lawsuit that involves accusations of a bizarre kidnapping conspiracy. Here are the details.