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Up to 85% of California suffers ‘exceptional’ water shortages

The lack of much snow and rain this winter has set up the western US for another year of serious drought. Reservoirs are at very low levels, forcing water managers to make tough decisions about who gets water and who does not, since there is not enough to meet everyone’s needs. This article from the Daily Mail describes the dire straits they are in, with Lake Oroville in California holding only 42% of its usual volume and 85% of the area in exceptional (D4) drought at the start of the dry season. You can read it and see photos comparing the reservoir levels now to previous higher periods at