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Maps & Data
New images taken from NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory show that snowpack levels in the Tuolumne River Basin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains measure about 40 percent as much water as it did near this time a year ago. The measurement, taken on March 25, recorded the amount of water inRead More
As California caps what may be its driest January on record, Frank Gehrke will lead a bevy of surveyors on Thursday to a predetermined spot on Echo Summit in an exercise that has become a monthly downer in the documentation of the state’s historic drought. As a thirsty state anxiouslyRead More
For the first time ever, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento have recorded no rainfall for the month of January — nada drop. San Jose has receiveda record-low .02 inches, and no rain is forecast for at least a week. Adding more ominous news to California’s historic drought, the Bay Area’sRead More
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 percentRead More
PASADENA >> Although December storms have provided the Southland with above-average rainfall, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists said it will still take about 11 trillion gallons of water — about 1.5 times the volume of America’s largest reservoir — to recover from California’s long-standing drought. In other words, rain wouldRead More
What does the California drought look like through the lens of data? The U.S. Geological Survey’s Center for Integrated Data Analytics is taking open data about the drought from federal, state and local agencies and turning it into interactive visuals that show exactly where the lack of rainfall is hurtingRead More
Laurence Cramer produced this interactive map for MapStory.com. Using this visualization, you can view how drought conditions and the severity of California’s drought has changed since 2000.
When is water shortage a drought? California has no official definition, and a combination of factors are at play
What is a drought? There is no precise, universally accepted definition of what constitutes a “drought,” but it is generally seen as a prolonged period of below-average rainfall that results in impacts to people, agriculture or the environment. For example, the Los Angeles area gets an average 15 inches ofRead More