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California Drought Tweets

Dwgplanner RT @WhollyH2o: The New #Tuolumne River Beach? Yup, that's a dry riverbed all right. #cadrought #saveourwater http://t.co/mIr8HQqSne
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mkbinsd RT @OtayMark: 'Drought pushes San Diego farmers to try vineyards, organic crops' via @UTsandiego http://t.co/I9Of64LYCA #CaDrought http://t…
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WhollyH2o The New #Tuolumne River Beach? Yup, that's a dry riverbed all right. #cadrought #saveourwater http://t.co/mIr8HQqSne
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aronro RT @GrnChristine: "Aquifers are natural savings accounts...... Exhaust them and......." http://t.co/h9aqICIDfT #cadrought #cawater #ag
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aronro RT @westcountytimes: Why doesn't California build big dams any more? #cawater #cadrought http://t.co/v9hngo3JWG
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aronro RT @nccwd: Alternative Solutions To California Water Woes http://t.co/yYuu7xOL50 #CAdrought #waterconservation #CAwater
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nccwd Alternative Solutions To California Water Woes http://t.co/yYuu7xOL50 #CAdrought #waterconservation #CAwater
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Xeno_lith RT @NWSCNRFC: With only 1 month remaining in the water year, 5 stn index driest 3-yr period ever. Check out more stats. #cadrought http://t…
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jackcushmanjr RT @NWSCNRFC: With only 1 month remaining in the water year, 5 stn index driest 3-yr period ever. Check out more stats. #cadrought http://t…
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billbonning RT @OtayMark: 'Drought pushes San Diego farmers to try vineyards, organic crops' via @UTsandiego http://t.co/I9Of64LYCA #CaDrought http://t…
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photowkb RT @FrankGirardot: #California's epic water wars. He with the biggest pump or deepest straw wins.” #CaDrought #CalDrought http://t.co/7booL
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TurfTerminators @NBCLA we've enjoyed browsing through your "Running Dry" section on the website. Would be great to work together sometime soon. #cadrought
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westcountytimes Why doesn't California build big dams any more? #cawater #cadrought http://t.co/v9hngo3JWG
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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 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. 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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