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California Drought Tweets

sunnygrl777 Best view in da house. Hoping it's applicable in the year to come. #HuntingtonLake vs. #CADrought 💧
temaden RT @circleofblue: #WaterNews: California’s record heat magnified drought woes in 2014. #water #CAdrought
EnvPolicyCenter RT @EdJoyce: #CAdrought An atmospheric river of sub-tropical moisture may bring rain to west coast.
wxmanvic January is wettest month for CA. When 2015 gets factored in, the 5 year rolling avg for Jan will nosedive. #CAdrought
wxmanvic January statewide precip avg. for CA shud be anywhere from #2 to #4 driest all-time, with ~0.50" statewide. ~12% of normal. #CAdrought
BigSexyDaniel Enjoying the last month of green grass and weeds before everything becomes brown and yellow. #cadrought #thatsracist
UnivOfSurf RT @MikeNiccoABC7: South Bay water users may need to double conservation #cadrought #bayarea
yaangkemnuch RT @EdJoyce: #CAdrought An atmospheric river of sub-tropical moisture may bring rain to west coast.
ErvinKeith9 RT @2015TopTechNews: RT @GulpClearWater To make "electric river grid" out of #toxic #waste. #cadrought @GetWaterSmart @VICE @UCDavisWater
ErvinKeith9 RT @GulpClearWater: #cadrought. It all comes down to how much #CA likes #pollution #drought & #JobLoss @GetWaterSmart @VICE @UCDavisWater h…
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 Comment
  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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