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California Drought Tweets

OtayRanchTweets “@10News: Water main break prompts Sig Alert in Escondido:” Another water main break! #CAdrought
markl_water A good start perhaps, but they have a long way to go to make it rational #cadrought #groundwater
ZankuArmenian RT @EdJoyce: #CAdrought 191 drought maps reveal just how thirsty #California has become. #cawater
KathrynHC People dismayed by the drought in California decide to color their lawn.... North America crazy obsession #CAdrought
metamattj @MirelaGTulbure @ajpelu #OSS2014 Nice visualization -- was just discussing #cadrought tonight with @mpsaloha and @clenhardt
linistit RT @350: Drilling for groundwater is a pretty shortsighted solution to the #CAdrought: Incidentally, so is drilling…
MirelaGTulbure Great work by @ajpelu as part of the @NCEAS #cadrought group at #OSS2014
1151Nancy RT @PaulRogersSJMN: Why doesn't California build big dams any more? #cawater #cadrought
alfencl Reading: Q&A: Does Sacramento face a future of water shortages? #cadrought
alfencl RT @circleofblue: Dry wells in California's San Joaquin Valley lead to a water supply crisis for the state's poorest
alfencl RT @JayFamiglietti: Great piece from @FelicityBarr @NYTimes on CA farmers coming around to realities of #groundwater depletion
ddimick Painting Away #Drought: Seeing Discolored Lawns, California Businesses Apply Dab of Green via @nytimes #cadrought
nadia_pearl_ RT @bvaccari10: "There's a lot of water that's being wasted." #scannerchatter #cadrought
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 Parker is a Traverse City-based assistant editor for Circle of Blue. She specializes in data visualization. Interests: Latin America, Social Media, Science, Health

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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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