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172 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become

It doesn't take much to understand why California is so worried about drought. Reservoirs are ever-dwindling. Rainfall is sporadic at best. It's so bad, Governor Jerry Brown imposed mandatory water restrictions throughout the state.

The majority of California is experiencing extreme to exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and the state's condition isn't expected to improve in the near future.

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.

Watch the 6-second snap-shot here.

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
Abnormally Dry
Moderate Drought
Severe Drought
Extreme Drought
Exceptional Drought

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