Today, December 1st, begins meteorological winter; the three coldest months in the Northern Hemisphere. And for most locations in California it corresponds to the three wettest months.
After a much wetter than normal October (http://ggweather.com/calif/oct2016.htm) for Northern and Central California the November totals (http://ggweather.com/calif/nov2016.htm) were more of mixed bag, but still concentrated in the north. Consequently the totals for the first five months of the rainfall season (July 1 to November 30) have the northern half of California above normal (http://ggweather.com/seasonal_rain.htm).
Given the rainfall bias in the north the Drought Monitor is showing relief there but still 43% of Calif in Extreme or Exceptional Drought.
Jan Null, CCM
Golden Gate Weather Services