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Less Severe Wildfire Season Expected in 2016

The upcoming wildfire season across the U.S. isn’t expected to be as bad as last year’s infernos, when a record 15,800 square miles burned, the nation’s top wildland firefighting official said Wednesday. But parts of the nation should expect a …

Earthquake Risk High Along Sierra’s Eastern Front

Scientists say the Sierra’s eastern front is long overdue for a large earthquake along the California-Nevada line, where a magnitude-7 event expected on average every 30 years hasn’t occurred in six decades. Nevada Seismology Laboratory Director Graham Kent says the …

Ahead of Season, Oregon May Renew Wildfire Insurance

Oregon is considering another year of insurance coverage to help pay for catastrophic wildfire seasons. British insurance giant Lloyd’s of London is offering the state another year of coverage despite three consecutive years of expensive, drought-fueled wildfires. The policy could …

East Coast Warmth to Put a Garden Stake in Heart of U.S. Winter

If you live in the eastern U.S., it’s almost time to put that snow shovel away and get out the gardening tools. After a slight hiccup later this week – which could bring a little sleet and even a few …

Searching for El Nino, Heat Wave Sparks Drought Concerns

Where did El Nino go? Winter has suddenly switched off the rain and flipped on heat up to 95 degrees in California, raising jitters that the strong El Nino might not be the drought-buster the crispy state had hoped. “Forget …

Road to Recovery Long After Devastating California Wildfire

A real estate agent waits to rebuild her home on the same lot she fled in September, mourning the animals she couldn’t save and the family heirlooms she left behind as one of the most devastating wildfires to hit California …

Southwest Seeing Fewer Wet Weather Systems

The southwestern United States has already begun a long-predicted shift into a decidedly drier climate, a new study looking at the last 35 years of weather pattern concluded. What’s now considered a normal year of rain and snow in the …

Oklahoma Struggled With Floods, Drought Last Year

A year that bounced from drought to flooding, back to drought and then to flooding again finished as the wettest year on record in Oklahoma. State Climatologist Gary McManus said Saturday that 2015 ended with a statewide average of 53.88 …

Sinking of California Canal, Land Costing State Billions

A canal that delivers vital water supplies from Northern California to Southern California is sinking in places. So are stretches of a riverbed undergoing historic restoration. On farms, well casings pop up like mushrooms as the ground around them drops. …

California’s Continuous Fire Season Exhausts Firefighters

The damage from California’s fast-spreading wildfires is usually expressed in acres destroyed, homes razed or people killed. But for the firefighters, a mental and physical toll is mounting just as fast. Currently in the fourth year of a devastating drought, …