(Bloomberg) -- The record drought plaguing California isn’tlimited by lines on a map. Arid conditions caused by dwindlingrainfall and snowpack are stretching across the West.

In Washington’s Yakima Valley, popular for growing wine grapesand beer hops, officials are cutting off water to about 1,700farmers for three weeks starting today. At Lake Mead, east of LasVegas, a 130-foot white band lines canyon walls as water sinks tothe lowest since the reservoir was filled in 1937.

“California has gotten the attention, and rightly so,” saidRoger Pulwarty, director of the National Integrated DroughtInformation System at the National Oceanic & AtmosphericAdministration. “Across most of the West, dry conditions areexpected to persist.”

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