Monitor data published Thursday shows the central coast from Monterey Bay south to Ventura was reduced from moderate drought to the lesser condition of abnormally dry.
A swath northeastward across the Central Valley and into the Sierra Nevada was reduced from severe to moderate drought.
A strip of the far north coast also dropped out of moderate drought into abnormal dryness.
Overall, 85.9% of the state remains in some level of drought, down from more than 95% in the previous week's report.
California's Sierra snowpack lags despite recent big storms