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California Drought Tweets

agatha1099 City water restrictions went into effect this month. My water bill increased by 25%. #CADrought
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ExplorerDale RT @EdJoyce: Topsoil decline in #California; 'Extreme Drought' expands in western U.S. #CAdrought http://t.co/yWQiDbeoyI http://t.co/XYXSV9
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OeFaustina RT @CBSSacramento: This wasn't taken last fall; it was last week http://t.co/sh3gAVz8lF #CADrought http://t.co/LWpjj6L8Ta
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ChristinasTable RT @AquaiWater: Using recycling technology for conserving water: CM to Delhiites http://t.co/OcgR2wqfbF #CAdrought #saveourwater
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gregmroscoe RT @SerenaIngre: The #CAdrought is serious, @BlueBizCouncil #DroughtNotDrab shows solutions for biz, join 'em! http://t.co/BG8J2OkeIC http:…
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queen_elizabet RT @NRDC: Scientist believe climate change has intensified the drought in California by 15 to 20% via @nytimes http://t.co/cU0i623FIk #CAdr
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KenWayneKTVU Rainfall totals. Not much but we'll take it for August. #CADrought http://t.co/B9qtcSpLYt
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OmearaDee RT @SerenaIngre: The #CAdrought is serious, @BlueBizCouncil #DroughtNotDrab shows solutions for biz, join 'em! http://t.co/BG8J2OkeIC http:…
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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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