Speed Reads

This is a big deal

This is what the drought of the century looks like


The NASA photographs in this jarring GIF show how the California drought has affected Folsom Lake in just three years. Last month Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the region, and President Obama has pledged $183 million for drought relief programs.

B. Lynn Ingram, a professor of earth and planetary sciences at the University of California, Berkeley told The New York Times, "We are on track for having the worst drought in 500 years."