drought News

Better Late Than Never: El Nino Finally Arrives

A long anticipated El Nino has finally arrived. But for drought-struck California, it’s too little, too late, meteorologists say. The National Weather Service on Thursday proclaimed the phenomenon is now in place. It’s a warming of a certain patch of …

Cities Face Rising Flood, Drought Risk Even With No Climate Change

A heads-up to New York, Baltimore, Houston and Miami: a new study suggests that these metropolitan areas and others will increase their exposure to floods even in the absence of climate change, according to researchers from Texas A&M University. Published …

Drought Prompts Disaster Declaration for Most of Nevada

The U.S. Agriculture Department has declared most of Nevada a natural disaster area due to lingering drought. And state water officials say more trouble is brewing for ranchers and farmers in western Nevada where cutbacks have been ordered in irrigation …

Weather in U.S. in 2014 Not too Bad

On a day when much of the U.S. struggled with cold, U.S. meteorologists said America’s weather in 2014 wasn’t really that bad. They announced Thursday that the U.S. average temperature in 2014 was half a degree warmer than normal and …

Dry Southern California Weather Raises Fire Danger

Red flag warnings for fire danger are in effect for parts of Southern California due to gusty Santa Ana winds and low relative humidity levels. The National Weather Service says surface high pressure over the Great Basin is bringing warm …

Dry September Diminishes Oklahoma’s Drought Recovery

A drier than normal September has diminished drought recovery in Oklahoma, and weather experts say the dry pattern will continue through October. Preliminary figures from the Oklahoma Mesonet show the statewide average rainfall total was 2.6 inches – 1.3 inches …

Rapid City Lowers Fire Danger After Record-Setting Rainfall

September rainfall in western South Dakota broke a century-old Rapid City record, according to the National Weather Service. About 5.2 inches of rain was recorded by the National Weather Service’s downtown rain gauge during the month, the Rapid City Journal …

Drought Likely Cause of Mt. Shasta Mudslide

The largest mudslide on Northern California’s Mt. Shasta in two decades may be related to California’s prolonged drought, experts said Sunday. The mudslide began Saturday after a glacier holding pockets of water either shifted or melted, releasing water down the …

Record Amount of Retardant Used in Northern California Wildfire

Firefighters are dropping record-breaking amounts of retardants on a massive Northern California wildfire that is burning explosively because of the prolonged drought. California firefighters and the U.S. Forest Service together had bombarded the conflagration with more than a half-million gallons …

Researchers Developing Tool to Help Oklahoma Farmers Predict Drought

Weather researchers are developing a new tool they say could give Oklahoma farmers and ranchers as much as a month’s warning when drought conditions are on the way. The Evaporative Stress Index is a system being developed by the U.S. …