For the first time in the 15-year history of the Drought Monitor, 100% of California is classified as in moderate to exceptional drought.
It’s a dramatic-sounding milestone, although the state has been lingering at the 99.8 percent mark since March 18.
Though it’s a first for California to be completely in drought, other states have been there before, including New Mexico in June 2013, and Texas from September through November in 2011.
Read more about the history of the Drought Monitor.
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