Parched America: Satellite images reveal just how dry the ground has become across California, Oregon and Washington

  • Images reveal how water in mid September 2015 compares with averages for Septembers between 1948 and 2012
  • States near the coasts were much drier than normal, while the Southwest and Midwest regions was also affected
  • One map depicts moisture in the ‘root zone,’ or the top meter (39 inches) of soil, which another shows the state of groundwater in shallow aquifers
  • Large swathes of the US continue to suffer the impact of a deep, ongoing drought.Conditions have been particularly severe in California, Oregon, and Washington, where below-average precipitation has had a large, lasting effect on water supplies.Now Nasa has created a series of maps, which look beneath the crops and deep into the ground, to highlight the severity of the situation.

    The maps reveal how water in mid September 2015 compares with averages for Septembers between 1948 and 2012, with warmer colours showing drier-than-average conditions.…[read more]

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