Satellite Photos Highlight Extreme California DroughtThe state looks dramatically different from 2013 to 2014
New satellite images of California reveal just how abnormally dry the state is for this time of year. The two images were taken on the same day, one year apart, yet the difference is glaring. The stark contrast in snow and water levels is evident in the amount of white snow and greenery visible in the 2013 shot that is noticeably absent in 2014.
Precipitation is currently less than 20 percent of normal in the state, and the forecast isn't improving any time soon.
California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency on Friday. According to Brown, the state is "facing perhaps the worst drought California has ever seen since records began being kept 100 years ago."
On Jan. 15, 2014, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials designated portions of 11 states, including Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Kansas, Texas, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Oklahoma and California, as primary disaster areas because severe drought is likely to cause financial strain on farmers in those regions.
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