The southern portion of the Great Salt Lake in Utah has dropped to its lowest level ever, according to the U.S Geological Survey. Lake levels have been declining for some time, but the record-breaking drought hitting the West has accelerated its fall in recent months. Average daily water levels dropped about an inch below the previous record of 4,194 feet, set in 1963, with records dating back to 1847. The drought numbers in Utah this year illustrate how dire the situation is there. The latest U.S Drought Monitor report released on Thursday shows nearly 100% of the state is experiencing extreme drought conditions -- level 3 out of 4. And more than two-thirds of the state is now in an exceptional drought -- the highest drought level. Just one year ago, there were no exceptional drought conditions reported in Utah. Drought conditions are only expected to get worse in the coming weeks with limited chances for widespread, significant rainfall. (MSN)
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