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231 drought maps show just how thirsty California has become

While drought conditions have improved across Northern California in mid-May, Southern California is still experiencing below-average precipitation, according to theU.S. Drought Monitor.

The Drought Monitor, which collects data from 50 different weather indicators, have shown an increasingly red California since 2011, the last time the drought map was clear.

This article was originally published on Aug. 7, 2014 and is updated periodically.

Abnormally Dry
Moderate Drought
Severe Drought
Extreme Drought
Exceptional Drought
2011
Dec. 20
Drought starts
Dec. 27
2012
Jan. 03
Jan. 10
Jan. 17
Jan. 24
Jan. 31
Feb. 07
Feb. 14
Feb. 21
Feb. 28
Mar. 06
Mar. 13
Mar. 20
Mar. 27
Apr. 03
Apr. 10
Apr. 17
Apr. 24
May 01
May 08
May 15
May 22
May 29
June 05
June 12
June 19
June 26
July 03
July 10
July 17
July 24
July 31
Aug. 07
Aug. 14
Aug. 21
Aug. 28
Sep. 04
Sep. 11
Sep. 18
Sep. 25
Oct. 02
Oct. 09
Oct. 16
Oct. 23
Oct. 30
Nov. 06
Nov. 13
Nov. 20
Nov. 27
Dec. 04
Dec. 11
Dec. 18
Dec. 25
2013
Jan. 01
Jan. 08
Jan. 15
Jan. 22
Jan. 29
Feb. 05
Feb. 12
Feb. 19
Feb. 26
Mar. 05
Mar. 12
Mar. 19
Mar. 26
Apr. 02
Apr. 09
Apr. 16
Apr. 23
Apr. 30
May 07
May 14
May 21
May 28
June 04
June 11
June 18
June 25
July 02
July 09
July 16
July 23
July 30
Aug. 06
Aug. 13
Aug. 20
Aug. 27
Sep. 03
Sep. 10
Sep. 17
Sep. 24
Oct. 01
Oct. 08
Oct. 15
Oct. 22
Oct. 29
Nov. 05
Nov. 12
Nov. 19
Nov. 26
Dec. 03
Dec. 10
Dec. 17
Dec. 24
Dec. 31
2014
Jan. 07
Jan. 14
Jan. 21
Jan. 28
Feb. 04
Feb. 11
Feb. 18
Feb. 25
Mar. 04
Mar. 11
Mar. 18
Mar. 25
Apr. 01
Apr. 08
Apr. 15
Apr. 22
Apr. 29
May 06
May 13
May 20
May 27
June 03
June 10
June 17
June 24
July 01
July 08
July 15
July 22
July 29
Aug. 5
Aug. 12
Aug. 19
Aug. 26
Sept. 2
Sept. 09
Sept. 16
Sept. 23
Sept. 30
Oct. 07
Oct. 14
Oct. 21
Oct. 28
Nov. 4
Nov. 11
Nov. 18
Nov. 25
Dec. 02
Dec. 09
Dec. 16
Dec. 23
2015
Jan. 06
Jan. 15
Jan. 20
Jan. 27
Feb. 3
Feb. 10
Feb. 17
Feb. 24
March 3
March 10
March 17
March 24
March 31
April 7
April 7
April 14
April 21
April 28
May 5
May 12
May 19
May 26
June 2
June 9
June 16
June 23
June 30
July 7
July 14
July 21
July 28
Aug. 4
Aug. 11
Aug. 18
Aug. 25
Sept. 1
Sept. 8
Sept. 15
Sept. 22
Sept. 29
Oct. 6
Oct. 13
Oct. 20
Oct. 27
Nov. 3
Nov. 10
Nov. 17
Nov. 24
Dec. 1
Dec. 8
Dec. 15
Dec. 22
Dec. 29
2016
Jan. 5
Jan. 12
Jan. 19
Jan. 26
Feb. 02
Feb. 09
Feb. 16
Feb. 23
Mar. 01
Mar. 08
Mar. 15
Mar. 22
Mar. 29
April 05
April 12
April 19
April 26
May 03
May 10
May 17
Abnormally Dry
Moderate Drought
Severe Drought
Extreme Drought
Exceptional Drought

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