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Drought across US: situation, trend and extend

on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 02:38

This year 2012, the U.S. is dealing with the most extensive and prolonged drought conditions in more than 50 years.

Drought situation and trend in U.S. 

The New York Times report Drought and Deluge in the Lower 48 published in August 10, 2012 illustrates the time series of drought and deluge in US from 1900 to present using a data visualization created by  Mike Bostock and Shan Carter. 

Click on above image to see the interactive data visualization.
 
This data visualization shows the proportion of the contiguous U.S. in various stages of drought over 118 years of record-keeping.