NWNL Spotlight

California Drought Maps

Calif. drought 2016-2017

Left: Heavy rain and snow in February and March 2017 had a dramatic effect on California’s drought conditions. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL. View full-size.

For current and past maps, see the Map Archive on U.S. Drought Monitor’s website.

Below: The California Dept. of Water Resources issued these two maps in October 2017.

The first documents the changes NWNL witnessed in its 5 CA Drought Spotlight expeditions, 2013–2017. The second one shows the state’s groundwater recovery after the state’s 2nd wettest winter (Winter 2017).

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Groundwater Level Change,
Spring 2016 to Spring 2017

Groundwater Level Change,
Spring 2011 to Spring 2017