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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Animated Drought Map Reveals Just How Thirsty California Has Become

Source: Los Angeles Times
Author: Kyle Kim

Note: Kyle also created a series of 156 maps, which you can view here.

A video posted by Los Angeles Times (@latimes) on


Best Practices:
  • The animated version is very dramatic.
  • The color scheme is a perfect way to represent the drought.
  • I like how the dot moves along the timeline.
Recommended Enhancements:
  • Slow the animation down
  • Stop the animation on the final map (as seen below)

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