drought threatens supply in water, food production and electricity production. It has tanks drained at incredible rates and fed any of extreme wildfire seasons the region has ever experienced. In California, drought conditions this summer have been the most extremes across the 126- year record - a clear sign of the role climate change is playing in the perilous decline of the state's water resources. Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that drought months become the new normal, with rainy months becoming less and less frequent.Climatologists claim that two major factors contributed to the severe drought this summer: lack of precipitation and increased demand for evaporation, also known as thirst for the atmosphere. Warmer temperatures increase the amount of water the atmosphere can absorb, which in turn dries up the landscape and prepares the environment for forest fires. As we experience these very extreme heat waves, it only makes the drought worse, even though the drought is initially caused by the lack of rainfall, Julie Kalansky, climatologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at San Diego, target previously told CNN . But during the dry months of much of the West, these heat waves only continue this drying out through the summer and fall. According to the Palmer Drought Severity Index, jJuly 2021 was the driest month on record in California since records began in 1895. June, July and August were three of the five driest months on record in the states. Learn more The value of the Palmer Drought Severity Index, a measure ofdrought intensity, for each month from January 1895 to September 2021. A more negative value indicates more severe drought. The index, also called PDSI, takes into account precipitation, runoff and how much moisture evaporates from the soil. It is widely used by scientists and researchers and is a key factor informing the US Drought Monitor's weekly report. On the PDSI scale, anything below -4.0 is considered extreme drought. California's PDSI this summer ranged from -6.7 in June to -7.07 in July. The conditions of California drought this summer was the worst on record This summer equaled the Dust Bowl summer in 1936 for the hottest on record in the US It was also summer hottest ever recorded in California, where the lingering heat pushed nearly 50% of the state in what the US Drought Monitor classifies as exceptional drought.her ”- his most extreme classification. California's prolonged drought began in 2012. Since then, wet months have been rare, with only two notable wet months: winter 2016-2017 and spring 2019. Prior to this year, 2014 held the record for drought conditions. the most extreme, with June and July of that year facing similar circumstances to today. Scientists reported in August that as the planet warms, droughts that have only happened once every ten years or so occur 70% more frequently . In the southwest, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials predict drought is on the verge of worsening with La Nina on the horizon . Justin Mankin, Assistant Professor of Geography at Dartmouth College and Co-Head of the NOAA Drought Task Force, previously told CNN that the only way to replenish the atmospheric thirst that is fueling the West's historic drought is to drastically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. The long-term fate of this particular drought is murky, although we expect more droughts to look like this in the years to come, he said. -he declares. “The temperatures and evaporation demands associated with this drought were not possible without the global warming that has occurred.