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Drought in
Residents in drought: 23,824,000

13,430,000 more in abnormally dry areas.

This is: 64%

of the state’s population,
36% more in abnormally dry areas.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is a map that shows the location and intensity of drought across the country. The data is updated each Tuesday and released on Thursday. This map shows the drought conditions on November 13, 2018.

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D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Short-term dryness slowing planting, growth of crops
  • Some lingering water deficits
  • Pastures or crops not fully recovered
46.8% 100.0%
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Some damage to crops, pastures
  • Some water shortages developing
  • Voluntary water-use restrictions requested
34.9% 53.2%
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crop or pasture loss likely
  • Water shortages common
  • Water restrictions imposed
15.9% 18.3%
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Major crop/pasture losses
  • Widespread water shortages or restrictions
2.4% 2.4%
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Exceptional and widespread crop/pasture losses
  • Shortages of water creating water emergencies
0.0% 0.0%
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Drought in California
from 2000 - 2018

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, California is currently experiencing the longest duration of drought (D1-D4), which as of November 13th, 2018 has lasted 360 weeks beginning on December 27, 2011. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of October 28, 2014 where D4 affected 58.41% of California land.

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