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California Drought Tweets

MichaelMulvihi2 RT @Weather_West: Nice piece in @WashingtonPost on impacts of intensifying #CAdrought. Huge groundwater losses in 2014. #cawater #cawx http…
riverpurewater RT @Waterkeeper: RT @CA_Waterkeepers: #CAdrought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water @SalmonAID @ggsalm
DaleF3 When Will We Ever Recover? Shocking photos: This is what #CAdrought looks like via @dailykos
pinkyracr Finally! all the info on #CAdrought I've been looking for: @USDA doesn't want us to know how thirsty #cows are...
meterhero RT @WaterWired: RT @AmWaterJournal Drought Said to Claim Trillions of Gallons via @nytimes #drought #CAdrought
EnvPolicyCenter RT @leafwarbler: Drought in California – in pictures via @guardian #CADrought #Water
johncblack #Carlsbad City Council approves drought-related watering restrictions #SanDiego #CAdrought
yggdrasil13751 “@leafwarbler: Drought in California – in pictures via @guardian #CADrought #Water” ...stark comparisons!
paggie000416 RT @ashley_hinshaw: I'm only drinking alcohol until this drought is over. Just doing my part. #CAdrought
RoyalPhoto_ #CAdrought !“@LATimesGraphics: Another side effect of drought: land deformations” @NWSBayArea
Gomba13 RT @motherboard: Without the weight of water keeping the ground in place, it's creeping upward “like an uncoiled spring.”
Kibbylyn @GreatDayKMPH Hey Great Day! Here's a story, Ask Clovis High why pressure washing the campus with 1000's of gals of H2O was ok? #CAdrought
CalAgToday RT @DroughtWatch: If #cadrought is so bad why don't utilities embrace mandatory water rationing? An explanation from @UCDavisWater http://t…
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 Comment
  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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