California’s drought conditions in 2014 in flip book images

The maps created by the U.S. Drought Monitor show the severity of California’s drought for each week of 2014. Play the video to watch the changes over 50 weeks of the year.

The drought status peaked in August, when 100 percent of the state was in drought, and 58.41 percent in “exceptional drought.” After the rain in the week of Dec. 7, 65.49 percent of the state was in drought, 32.21 percent in exceptional drought.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a weekly map of drought conditions that is produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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