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California Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of August 17-23

No changes to the drought depiction were made in California, as the summer dry season continued. Still, long-term drought and a variety of weather factors contributed to the spread of the destructive Blue Cut fire, which scorched more than 36,000 acres of vegetation near Lytle Creek, California, northwest of San Bernardino. The fire destroyed at least 105 homes and more than 200 outbuildings.

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U.S. Drought Monitor - California DEWS

U.S. Drought Monitor - California DEWS
U.S. Drought Monitor - California DEWS
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
WeekNoneD0-D4D1-D4D2-D4D3-D4D4
Current
8/23/2016
0.00%100.00%83.59%59.02%42.80%21.04%
Last Week
8/16/2016
0.00%100.00%83.59%59.02%42.80%21.04%
Three Months Ago
5/24/2016
5.50%94.50%86.39%61.00%42.99%21.04%
Start of Calendar Year
12/29/2015
0.00%100.00%97.33%87.55%69.07%44.84%
One Year Ago
8/25/2015
0.14%99.86%97.35%92.36%71.08%46.00%

Drought Intensities

  •       None: No Drought
  •       D0: Abnormally Dry
  •       D1: Moderate Drought
  •       D2: Severe Drought
  •       D3: Extreme Drought
  •       D4: Exceptional Drought
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