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19,763,000 more in abnormally dry areas.
of the state’s population,
53% more in abnormally dry areas.
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 February 12, 2019.Learn more about the US Drought Monitor
Drought in California
from 2000 - 2019
The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, California is currently experiencing the longest duration of drought (D1-D4), which as of February 12th, 2019 has lasted 373 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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