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California Drought Tweets

AlexandraJKLC @NickMiller916 @claynutting but wait... Is the #CAdrought still a thing?
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ToddFitchette RT @RobMayeda: Hoping the HPC rain QPF holds: .25"-1" Fri eve-Sat PM, then .50"-2"+ for Sun-Mon, colder for +Sierra snow #CADrought http://…
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RobMayeda Hoping the HPC rain QPF holds: .25"-1" Fri eve-Sat PM, then .50"-2"+ for Sun-Mon, colder for +Sierra snow #CADrought http://t.co/WoDTeuORLL
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phaneritic RT @pauliniguez: .@NWS global wx model trending toward stronger storm Sun/Mon, meaning widespread good rain poss. #cadrought #cawx http://t…
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SFmeteorologist 6-10 day fcst: Above-normal precip for #California. Strong system possible Sunday w/ hvy rain & mtn snow #CAdrought http://t.co/reQ6fIXiya
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RuralCounties #RCRCBarbedWire - #Drought Bill Negotiations End; @SenFeinstein Vows to Work on Leg Next Year: http://t.co/r3cwy4IjFr #CaDrought #Water
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ASCE_SSJB RT @WaterFdn: #factfriday: In 119 years of recorded history, 2013 was the driest calendar year for the state of #California. #cadrought
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NWSHanford RT @pauliniguez: Join us Wed Dec 3 at 7 PM in #Bakersfield for an in-depth look at the #cadrought. #cawx http://t.co/v6feVK6c3D
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WaterWired .@MavensNotebook: CA ski resorts face brown future, small Placer dam big barrier to salmon & more http://t.co/iSHsJykpoH #cawater #CAdrought
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EnvPolicyCenter RT @JayFamiglietti: Nice visual on current #groundwater levels from Sierra Madre, CA #CAdrought http://t.co/3cvnLyuB5e
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pauliniguez Join us Wed Dec 3 at 7 PM in #Bakersfield for an in-depth look at the #cadrought. http://t.co/BL0QBG1RGz
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morphizm Nothing nice about well failure... “@JayFamiglietti: Nice visual on #groundwater levels from Sierra Madre #CAdrought http://t.co/UgptCmd3zo
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Infographic: California Drought In Motion — 10 Dry Years Animated GIF (2003-2014)

When layered, weekly images of the U.S. Drought Monitor for California show how much worse this drought is than any in the past decade.

california u.s. drought monitor infographic data map gif aubrey ann parker circle of blue

Animation © Aubrey Ann Parker / Circle of Blue. Images courtesy Drought Monitor.
Infographic: Animated GIF of the California drought from 2003 – 2014. Click image to enlarge.

This GIF map was created by Aubrey Ann Parker, news editor and data analyst for Circle of Blue. Contributors include Brett Walton and Codi Yeager-Kozacke of Circle of Blue, with images pulled from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Author: Aubrey Ann Parker is a Traverse City-based assistant editor for Circle of Blue. She specializes in data visualization. Interests: Latin America, Social Media, Science, Health, Indigenous Peoples

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  1. This map is truly amazing. I didn’t realize until now just how about California’s drought is until I saw the current day map in comparison to previous years, especially 2005, 2006 and 2010 when the drought was nowhere near as severe.

    The only good news is that this isn’t the first extremely severe drought California has gone through and it certainly won’t be the last. Back in the early 1990s, I had a sister living in Palo Alto and I remember her telling me that the scuttlebutt among Californians was that what they had wasn’t a drought but rather a permanent condition which they would have to accept. Low and behold, a few years went by and the El Niño effect took place and in about six months, the severe drought was over.

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