click image to zoomThe Drought Monitor map of California, released on Aug. 14, 2014. More than 80 percent of California is withering under extreme or worse drought, unchanged from last Drought Monitor report and nearly triple the percentage reported on Jan. 1. Not even torrential storms were able to make in the historic drought, though forecasters suggest the drought has leveled off…for now.
According a chart tweeted by the National Weather Service, high temperatures and dry conditions have produced a perfect storm for the worst drought the state has seen in more than a century:
Reuters adds in an article here the state's major reservoirs in aggregate were at 59 percent of the historical average-low, but not as low as the 41 percent recorded during the 1976-77 drought.
Only a handful of smaller Central Coast dams, he said, had fallen below those 1977 levels — a situation that lawmakers are seeking to address with the water bond proposed for the upcoming ballot.
Unfortunately, an end of the state’s drought doesn’t seem to be in the near future. The U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook shows drought persisting or intensifying across the entire state through the end of October. The outlook will be updated on Thursday.