NASA recently published above satellite images from California, one was taken on July 2, 2011, just as the latest dry period began (Before), and the other was acquired on June 25, 2014 (After). The state is becoming increasingly less green, because of the persistent drought conditions. Also notice how the land based water drys up.
Now in its third year, the drought in California grows worse with each month. 2013 was the driest calendar year in 119 years of records, and 2014 has not brought much relief, even as scientists and residents wait hopefully for El Niño moisture. From stream gauges and reservoir levels to ground-based photos and satellite images, the landscape seems to grow browner and drier with each month.
In a weekly report issued on July 17 by the U.S. Drought Monitor, the entire state of California was classified as being in severe drought. The situation was declared extreme for 79 percent of the state’s land area and exceptional in 36 percent.
Meanwhile epic fire rages in central Washington..
Teaser image obtained from Wikipedia.