Drought Monitor Designates Portions of Sonoma County - "Extreme Drought"
Portions of Sonoma County along the northern coast have been designated a state of “extreme” drought. The designation comes amid a prolonged dry spell during the early months of 2022 during what it typically the wettest part of the water year, according to the latest update of the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The remaining portion of Sonoma County falls within the Severe Drought designation according to the latest update from the U.S. Drought Monitor (see map below). The U.S. Drought Monitor calculates that about 6.7% of the state is now in extreme drought, and 68.77% is in severe drought. Lake Mendocino is about 62% of its storage target for this time of year while Lake Sonoma stands at about 61% full.
The U.S. Drought Monitor, updated weekly, is produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U. S. Department of Agriculture.