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California Drought Tweets

KenyaSFSUOL RT @GreenSFSU: Goodbye unused lawn, hello #CAdrought tolerant succulents! Nice work Morgan Kelley, #SFSU http://t.…
dc_man19xx RT @CA_Waterkeepers: Despite warning to stop taking water from rivers, agencies consider pumping anyway! #cadrought
WhitNBCLA Solid report tonight Jacob. And great to have @LesterHoltNBC in SoCal bringing attention to our #CAdrought
BradleySA Turning #Water into #Wine: Unregulated Growth of #California Wine Industry By Will Parrish @EastBayExpress #CAdrought
jflesko @Ladewig I'll tell ya' if you describe to me what a wet weekend is. #CAdrought
Imaryana29 RT @CA_Waterkeepers: Californians reduced #cawater consumption by 28.9% in May! Best #conservation since the beginning of the #CAdrought. h…
Imaryana29 RT @WaterFdn: From a single storm we could capture as much as 10 billion gallons of water. #CAdrought #Stormwater #CommonSense
alfencl RT @EdJoyce: #CAdrought Record heat, increased #wildfire risk as #drought expands in Western U.S. #cawater http://t.…
beth_weinman RT @CalRecycle: #NewportBeach company replaces 3,000 toilets with #waterefficient ones @ocregister #CAdrought http:/…
mmegrondin72 RT @WaterFdn: From a single storm we could capture as much as 10 billion gallons of water. #CAdrought #Stormwater #CommonSense
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 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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