drought News

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, …

Study Predicts More Wildlife Deaths and Bigger Wildfires if Drought Lasts

The carcasses of salmon, trout and more than a dozen other newly extinct native species lie in dry streambeds around California. Exhausted firefighters in the Sierra Nevada battle some of the biggest wildfires they’ve ever seen. And in Central Valley …

Earth on Track to Beat 2014’s Record Hottest Year

With an El Nino growing in the Pacific Ocean and climate change spurring global temperatures ever higher, almost nothing can stop Earth from breaking 2014’s mark for the warmest year on record. The average annual temperature last year was about …

Massive Western U.S. Wildfires Drain Firefighting Resources

Wildfires are putting such a strain on the nation’s firefighting resources that authorities have activated the military and sought international help to beat back scores of blazes burning uncontrolled throughout the dry West. The situation is so urgent that the …

Strengthening El Nino Offers Benefits

In California, they’re counting on it to end an historic drought; in Peru, they’ve already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It’s both an economic stimulus and a recession-maker. And it’s likely to increase the price of …

Wildfire Season Being Felt Throughout California

Hot, dry California was beginning to feel the full brunt of fire season as blazes burned throughout the state, threatening hundreds of homes, although most areas dodged serious destruction. As firefighters knocked down dozens of small brush fires from north …

Odds Rise That El Nino Will Stay Until Winter

The odds that a weather-changing El Nino will last until the Northern Hemisphere’s next winter are increasing, though it’s too early to say if it will provide drought relief across California, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center said. There is an …

2015 Wildfire Report Identifies More Than 2M California Homes at Risk

A new report indicates there are 4.5 million U.S. homes at high or extreme risk of wildfire, with more than two million of them in California, according to the 2015 FireLine State Risk Reports issued by Verisk Insurance Solutions. The …