A great summary article from the Fountainhead of the 2011 drought by the State Climatologist (Nielsen-Gammon) can be found by clicking here. The Office of the State Climatologist also has an excellent summary of the 2011 drought. Click here for a link to the summary report. The figure below is from the Nielsen-Gammon article and shows just how unusually hot and dry the 2011 summer was. Note the average summer temperatures were >2 degrees hotter and about 1 inch drier than previous record-breaking summers.