Drought conditions have returned to at least some of California because of a drier than normal winter. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor's weekly report, the central and southern Sierra Nevada and adjacent areas of the Central Valley as being in moderate drought. California was declared completely drought-free in early December of last year.
The Drought Monitor has expanded a designation of "abnormally dry" into San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles counties, and parts of northeastern California. It was just a week ago that the abnormally dry status was applied to the Central Valley and an area running from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Sierra, as well as parts along the California-Oregon border.