What Five Years of Drought Have Done to the United States
We're in the midst of a long, sustained
John Nelson over at
Adventures in Mapping
drew the map using over five years of combined weekly
Seen in one shot like this, it's easy to see that the drought has, unsurprisingly, hit the lower Pacific Coast and the Southwest the hardest. But the Midwest and lower East Coast are also feeling the dryness of the last five years, both in terms of lack of water and in how long it's lasted.
Of course, in addition to measuring drought, this map also measures the places that have managed to avoid that drought. So Nelson drew an accompanying map, using the same data, that shows drought resilience: