What the six-year drought did to California in 93 maps and two charts

Quartz –

After six years, the California drought is officially over. The National Drought Mitigation Center has determined that just 9.3% of the state is considered to be in “moderate drought” or worse as of April 11. California governor Jerry Brown lifted the state of emergency (pdf) regarding the drought in all but four counties on April 7.

An influx of moisture over the last few months has caused growth in flora all over the state, even in the deserts where typically brown mountains have turned green with vegetation.

The drought caused tough times for industry and agriculture, which, facing local water-use restrictions, began having to truck in water from elsewhere or drill deeper wells. In other states these restrictions might only have local or regional effects, but in California the repercussions spread far and wide. The state produces 11% of the US’s agricultural output and grows 51% of the US’s fruits and vegetables by value, as of the most recent USDA agricultural census conducted in 2012.

Let’s take a look at the three factors scientists have been using to evaluate California’s drought and how they’ve changed over the last six years.

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