The Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, had gotten a second chance of ruling Iran after his fleeing Iran in 1953.
The high pressure system off of California that had maintained the drought conditions on the Pacific coast has broken down. An atmospheric river has hit central to northern California; how much of the region’s drought conditions will weaken in the west from this event–time will tell. In the south, the stronger drought conditions are slowly returning. The rest of the country is unchanged or improving.
For statistics for each region, see below.