The entire state of California is suffering drought conditions, and in more than three-quarters of the state the drought is characterized as "extreme" or "exceptional" -- as designated by the National Drought Mitigation Center.
It's the first time in 15 years that every portion of the state simultaneously suffered some level of drought.
Laber is one of several weather and climate scientists who contribute to NDMC's Drought Monitor weekly update. NDMC was established by the the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995.
Conditions are likely to only get worse, as the spring rainy season is coming to a close without having offered much relief.