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California Drought Tweets

805Weather RT @NWSLosAngeles: Feb. 2016 CA drought status. Improvements over northern CA during past month. #CAwx #CAdrought #LAweather #SoCal https:/…
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VitaSeptic RT https://t.co/Zc28LKOIDg Improvement in #CAdrought "will take quite a while" —DroughtCenter … https://t.co/6UWzmXKkuj
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NBCBayWeather RT @JeffRanieri: Interesting. Just saw this article: "Parched Earth soaks up water, slowing sea level rise" study: https://t.co/EUKJnvqgS
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JeffRanieri Interesting. Just saw this article: "Parched Earth soaks up water, slowing sea level rise" study: https://t.co/EUKJnvqgSi? #CAdrought
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Merced_Calif RT @Fresno_State: Who's proud that@Fresno_State is the "#Water University" w/international impact? https://t.co/geenTnb4HI #CADrought https…
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Merced_Calif Fresno ties record heat mark; rain, snow expected to return middle of next week https://t.co/hYs34bXyta #CAdrought https://t.co/vgbHDZ0mnG
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NBCBayWeather RT @JeffRanieri: Prediction:March above average rain chance. While I know "hope" doesn't make a forecast #cadrought needs everything. https…
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JeffRanieri Prediction:March above average rain chance. While I know "hope" doesn't make a forecast #cadrought needs everything. https://t.co/jRzADhcXM5
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VitaSeptic RT https://t.co/iZcYn9Omgl #DemDebate Q: What is your plan for an integrated U.S. water system? https://t.co/40SGCEcCLe #CAdrought #Flint
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VitaSeptic RT https://t.co/aNwvFZwqAO Amid #CAdrought, Torrance looks to double water treatment plant's output … https://t.co/RB7U7B9N9h
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MarcVegan RT @iamgreenbean: California #water policy killing salmon, threatening already endangered orcas https://t.co/jj0G7wzGUQ .@JerryBrownGov #B
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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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