drought News

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. …

Huge Water Loss Due to Western U.S. Drought

About 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 4 inches of water, according to a study published Thursday. Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at …

Hot, Dry Weather Encouraging Western Wildfires

A Southern Oregon wildfire that destroyed six homes and 14 other buildings spread during the cooler overnight hours Monday as crews worked to contain the flames. Fire spokeswoman Erica Hupp said a plane was up early Monday to estimate how …

Drought in Some Plains States Worse Than During Dust Bowl

The sky turns pink or brown as the dust clouds billow and swirl on the Southern Plains, leaving those caught outdoors with grit on their teeth and in their eyes, much like the days of the Dust Bowl. But due …

Drought-Linked Fire Season Could Cause $1B Damage in U.S.

U.S. states plagued by historic drought are bracing for an early wildfire season with a cost that may rise as high as $1.8 billion, or almost $500,000 more than what’s available to control the blazes. Oklahomans fought seven fires in …

Nearly 250 Days Since Oklahoma Has Seen a Tornado

Oklahoma hasn’t had a tornado or a tornado warning for more than eight months, though with bad storms expected in the state Sunday, it is doubtful Oklahoma will be able to match its longest streak ever without a twister. Things …

West Texas Gets 1,000-Foot Wall of Dust With Cold Front

A wall of dust as tall as 1,000 feet and 200 miles wide that roared across parts of West Texas and New Mexico is yet another sign of how rain-starved the region is. National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Aldrich in …

El Nino Expected to Bring Milder Weather to the U.S.

Federal forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific Ocean this year that will change weather worldwide. And that’s good news for a weather-weary United States. The warming, called an El Nino, is expected to lead to fewer Atlantic hurricanes …

Disaster Declarations in 11 States Due to Drought

Federal officials have designated portions of 11 drought-ridden western and central states as primary natural disaster areas, highlighting the financial strain the lack of rain is likely to bring to farmers in those regions. The announcement by the U.S. Department …