It's a different kind of disaster than what typically gets the billing, but it's a disaster nonetheless. Drought. Unfortunately, it has come to California in a big way - one that can be seen and defined from space. Articles below tell the story:
(New York Times, February 14, 2014)
(National Journal, February 4, 2014)
Comment: The slow moving nature of this kind of disaster tends to hide it's significance. However, given the "bread basket" position California has at the nation's grocery stores, the consequences of this event will be far reaching.
Graphic credit: NASA GRACE