The severity of the situation is staggering. And these photos emphasize that point well.
The state has had below-average rainfall for three straight years. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency in January of this year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lowered the chance of El Niño quenching the Northern Hemisphere this fall and winter to 65%. Below is a screenshot of today's NOAA Drought Monitor pdf.