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California Drought Tweets

SFmeteorologist RT @Weather_West: Despite recent rainfall, most of California remains below average for the season to date. #cawx #cadrought #cawater http:…
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jonsagara RT @Weather_West: Despite recent rainfall, most of California remains below average for the season to date. #cawx #cadrought #cawater http:…
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Weather_West Despite recent rainfall, most of California remains below average for the season to date. #cawx #cadrought #cawater http://t.co/naONhtobcb
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CaliTenkey RT @RobMayeda: Rain vs. average: NorCal sees a boost, Bay Area lagging behind, still very dry in SoCal #cawx #CADrought @nbcbayarea http://…
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SalmonAID RT “@Wilderness: Famous annual salmon migration delayed by heat & drought http://t.co/66FmHW74mV http://t.co/ncnsY6x3Cx#CAwater #cadrought
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Tyler_Ferrari RT @RobMayeda: Rain vs. average: NorCal sees a boost, Bay Area lagging behind, still very dry in SoCal #cawx #CADrought @nbcbayarea http://…
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nbcbayarea RT @RobMayeda: Rain vs. average: NorCal sees a boost, Bay Area lagging behind, still very dry in SoCal #cawx #CADrought @nbcbayarea http://…
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RobMayeda Rain vs. average: NorCal sees a boost, Bay Area lagging behind, still very dry in SoCal #cawx #CADrought @nbcbayarea http://t.co/kiDUmreNnG
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dcoffin Finally someone is saying “Reservoir storage does not equate to water supply” #CAwater #CAdrought http://t.co/XuW4QaUUu0
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marcyagent RT @JeffRanieri: I do have a rain stick somewhere in the office desk @marcyagent Hmmmm.... #cadrought @nbcbayarea
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GrowerCitrusVeg Not surprising, Water dominates California Food & Ag Summit discussion in Modesto http://t.co/grQLtTlJvr #CAdrought
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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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