Federal forecasters are the bearers of bad news to California, a state ready for a significant break in its oppressive drought.
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According to the latest Drought Monitor, 78 percent of the state is currently in extreme or worse drought, down from 82 percent reported three months before. Thirty-nine of the the state is in exceptional drought, up from 32 percent reported last week, and as David Miskus with the Climate Prediction Center explained in the latest Seasonal Drought Outlook, more degradation is likely through at least the end of April.