Before and After Photos of California’s Lakes Depleted By Drought

Weather Underground published some unbelievable photos of California’s Lakes. They say:

“As of Jan. 21, 2014, 67 percent of California was in extreme drought, the second worst category possible on the U.S. Drought Monitor. Folsom Lake [shown below] is just 17 percent capacity.”

Before:
FolsomLakeBefore

After:
FolsomLakeAfter

Shasta Lake from Google Earth in 2012:
ShastaLakeBefore

Shasta Lake now, at about 36% capacity:
ShastaLakeAfter

There are a few more at Weather Underground.

According to National Geographic, California is experiencing the worst drought since record-keeping began in the mid 19th century. That’s a problem for more than California. As “the salad bowl of the nation” it exports more produce than any other state, and:

“About 80 percent of California’s freshwater supply is used for agriculture. The cost of fruits and vegetables could soar.”

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