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California Drought Tweets

lynne3kaiser RT @saveourwater: October begins water year with prospect of tighter restrictions: http://t.co/ho5UaowFTk @latimes #CADrought #SaveOurWater
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alexskunz One burger patty = ~600 gallons of water. #WorldVegetarianDay #cadrought
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Bradley_ 12 #CA communities now at risk of running out of water within 60 days: http://t.co/NxEngWGGnQ #drought #CADrought
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stuartpalley Napping for a few hours, checking the Wx at 3 a.m,, then a couple more hours rest before sunrise tomorrow. #cadrought
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sixto70 RT @saveourwater: October begins water year with prospect of tighter restrictions: http://t.co/ho5UaowFTk @latimes #CADrought #SaveOurWater
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Merced_Calif Valley growers take fight against water cutbacks to Supreme Court | http://t.co/ONB8ysuth4 http://t.co/7JvGFo8tlJ #agriculture #CAdrought
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JemWilson84 Just walked into a rain storm. I have not felt falling water in the sky in almost a year!! #gabf #denver #cadrought
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Queenjess32 RT @saveourwater: October begins water year with prospect of tighter restrictions: http://t.co/ho5UaowFTk @latimes #CADrought #SaveOurWater
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honeyl1mbs RT @saveourwater: October begins water year with prospect of tighter restrictions: http://t.co/ho5UaowFTk @latimes #CADrought #SaveOurWater
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jaureguidelrey When ur mom doesnt realize that red band society is a FAMILY friendly show #relatable #5sos #CADrought
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stand4justice78 RT @NWSSacramento: How much below normal are the Northern Sierra for precipitation for the past 3 water years 2012-14? #cawx #CaDrought ht…
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BCayenneBird RT @NWSSacramento: How much below normal are the Northern Sierra for precipitation for the past 3 water years 2012-14? #cawx #CaDrought ht…
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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 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. 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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