"This is the first year that any part of California has seen that level of drought, let alone more than half of it, said Mark Svoboda, a climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center, which issued the report," Serna wrires. Svoboda told him, “You keep beating the record, which are still all from this year."
The report also found that the state is "more than a year’s worth of water short in its reservoirs and moisture in the state's topsoil and subsoil has nearly been depleted," Serna writes. The drought has gotten so bad that residents have been encouraged to tattle on neighbors that overuse water. (U.S. Drought Monitor graphic; click on image for larger version)