How The Drought Completely Enveloped California In Just Over 3 Years

We’re constantly reminded of how bad the historic drought is in California, but what we don’t always realise is just how quickly the dryness took over the state.

The Los Angeles Times published a great infographic that gives a very detailed view of the drought levels in California from the past three years. The maps come from the U.S. Drought Monitor’s archives, which contain hundreds of maps going back to the early 2000s.

We’ve published some of the maps below. They show how rapidly the severe drought progressed in the state, starting in 2011:

Jan 11 California drought map
Feb 15 California drought map
Jul 5 California drought map
Dec 6 California drought map
Jan 3 California drought map
April 3 California drought map
Aug 28 California drought map
Dec 11 California drought map
Feb 19 California drought map
June 25 California drought map
Sept 3 California drought map
Dec 17 California drought map
Jan 28 California drought map
March 25 California drought map

July 8 California drought map
Aug 5 California drought map

More than half of California is currently seeing “exceptional drought” conditions. Wildfires have been ravaging the state and water is running low. The drought is “the greatest water loss ever seen” in California, and has already cost the state $US2.2 billion.

The drought is expected to last at least through 2015.

Head over to the Los Angeles Times for a more detailed view >