More than two-third of the state is in extreme or worse drought.
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Though drought-plagued California is in line for some much-needed precipitation, it likely won’t be enough to stop the intense drought that now dominates the state. In a graphic seen here, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed just how much Monday’s storm will affect the California drought.
According to the latest “Drought Monitor” report, more than two-third of the state is in extreme or worse drought, marking the worst drought some in the state have ever seen.
“During the four-week period ending Feb. 4, California’s coverage of extreme to exceptional drought surged from 27.59 to 67.13 percent,” Brad Rippey, a meteorologist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Chief Economist, said in an analysis here. “California also experienced its first-ever coverage of exceptional drought (D4) in the nearly 15-year history of the U.S. Drought Monitor, beginning on Jan. 28. By Feb. 4, nearly one-tenth (9.81 percent) of California was considered to be in D4.”