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Researchers Warn of Heavy Rain, Droughts in Carolinas

Experts warn the Carolinas will face droughts and deluges in coming years. Scientists, farmers and water managers met in Charlotte this week to explore ways to deal with coming dry weather and the sudden flooding that the experts say will …

Northern California Wildfire Destroys More Than 100 Homes

A wind-whipped wildfire roared through a Northern California town threatened by a devastating blaze nearly a year ago, wiping out more than 100 homes and businesses and forcing thousands of people to flee, authorities said Monday. The fire seemed calm …

Researchers Say California Drought Recovery Could Take 4 Years

It could take California four years to recover from the most severe drought on record, even if the next several winters bring above-normal snowfall to the Sierra Nevada, researchers said Tuesday releasing a study. One winter of El Nino storms …

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 …