|Lake Mead. Bathtub ring! Get some Lysol and a brush!|
Meanwhile, where I am, it is usually dry, and this summer we have been getting rain - heavy rain usually - practically every day. Go figure.
We have made a bunch of posts about the California drought because hit has been a big topic in the animation field. Now, that might be because it is such a dire situation, or maybe because there are so many animators based in California... But no matter! The animations tell the story better than anything else can, so let's take a look.
|Pair of images above from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. (NASA).|
|The images shown were acquired on June 16, 2013, and July 21, 2014, by the Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite. More information. (NASA)|
|Animation of Lake Mead Marina in 2007 and 2014, when it was moved (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)|
|The drought as of August 1, 2014|
As of this writing on August 2, 2014, 58% of California is under the most severe drought classification and things are happening fast out there. In a week, the area of severe drought expanded by 22%.
Sine fine folks in California are starting to grumble about "those people" who have water when they don't because of "antiquated water laws." I don't know who "those people" are, but there's always some of "those people" out there to blame when you need them, I know that. And laws are "antiquated" when they prevent you from getting what you need, otherwise, they're just "quaint" and "historic."
That's how trouble starts.
Incidentally, California grows a goodly chunk of the food supply of the United States, so this will wind up affecting pretty much everyone, in big ways or little ones.
|The drought area - the dark brown area - is projected to expand for the rest of the year.|