The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC.
The water year that ended September 30 was the second driest on record, due to extreme heat and lack of rain and snow. All 58 counties in California are now under a drought emergency proclamation.
Most rain and snow falls in California from November through April. It fills the reservoirs and aquifers that we use to supply homes, businesses, and farms. It also supports fish and wildlife that depend on our rivers and wetlands.
Warm temperatures in California this April and early May have made 2021 a critically dry year. Snow melted and runoff evaporated at a faster rate in the Sacramento, Feather, and American River watersheds.
The state continues to track drought conditions. It’s committed to tackling the drought emergency while addressing long-standing water challenges.
Read more in Water Year 2021: An Extreme Year.
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