California is no longer the Golden State.
That red swath you see in the map on the left represents “extreme drought” conditions, as designated by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
That category now covers 62 percent of the state, up from 27 percent last week and 11 percent three months ago.
“Extreme” drought is the second-worst category. Thankfully, we’ve so far been spared from any “exceptional drought” designations.
Drought’s on, people.