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California Drought Tweets

MattsNewTwitt RT @DanAshleyABC7: California Needs 11 Trillion Gallons of Water To End Drought http://t.co/2Il6DFGTmQ via @CapRadioNews #CAdrought
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Stompy_0487 RT @saveourwater: Save gallons of water! Know where your master shut-off valve is if a pipe bursts.Quick how-to video http://t.co/F0Eu5G5OR
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USACESacramento RT @ReclamationCVP: Folsom Reservoir is 373 TAF (38% of capacity), up 6,400 AF since Monday #CADrought
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ReclamationCVP Folsom Reservoir is 373 TAF (38% of capacity), up 6,400 AF since Monday #CADrought
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ReclamationCVP Shasta Reservoir is 1.5 MAF (32% of capacity), up 36,600 AF since Monday. #cadrought
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WGComms Re-thinking how we talk about California's drought http://t.co/aI9ratRBuB #cawater #cadrought #almonds
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ETwater Will be years before this #cadrought hangover is gone. So much #groundwater has been pumped to compensate. http://t.co/ymNbHDKGV6
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LAWaterkeeper CA Water Board in LA discussing ways So Cal can better conserve. #cadrought is #newnormal @SD_Coastkeeper @OCCoastkeeper @CA_Waterkeepers
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PloudreMichelep RT @CapRadioNews: California Needs 11 Trillion Gallons of Water To End #cadrought http://t.co/kBr409SzNz
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wateratlas RT @WSPlanning: According to @NASA, it would take 11 trillion gallons of #water to replenish California drought losses. http://t.co/jZxgTBc
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GenevieveBook RT @BayNature: What happens when a good rainstorm follows drought-induced fires? Lots of mud #CAdrought http://t.co/pKUmbApF0O
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BayNature What happens when a good rainstorm follows drought-induced fires? Lots of mud #CAdrought http://t.co/pKUmbApF0O
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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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