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Much of California Listed as ‘Abnormally Dry': Drought Monitor

California is slipping back into drought.

According to the United States Drought Monitor's weekly report, roughly 81% of the state is currently listed as "abnormally dry." A sliver of land in the southeastern portion of California — about 3.5% of the state — is experiencing "moderate drought" conditions.

Just last week, only about 18% of the state was listed as being "abnormally dry," according to the Drought Monitor. Three months ago, that number was at roughly 6%.

NBC Bay Area Meteorologist Kari Hall said Thursday a storm system could soak parts of the Sierra Nevada and Southern California during the middle portion of next week, but it's not expected to bring rain to the Bay Area.

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