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Yellowstone Floods Reveal Forecasting Flaws as World Warms

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Yellowstone National Park area’s weather forecast the morning of June 12 seemed fairly tame: warmer temperatures and rain showers would accelerate mountain snow melt and could produce “minor flooding.” A National Weather Service bulletin recommended …

Yellowstone Park Reopens After Changes Wrought by Flood

WAPITI, Wyo. (AP) — Visitors returned Wednesday morning to a changed landscape in Yellowstone National Park as it partially reopened following record floods that reshaped the park’s rivers and canyons, wiped out numerous roads and left some areas famous for …

Yellowstone Flooding Rebuild Could Take Years, Cost Billions

Created in 1872 as the United States was recovering from the Civil War, Yellowstone was the first of the national parks that came to be referred to as America’s best idea. Now, the home to gushing geysers, thundering waterfalls and …

Yellowstone Floodwaters Threaten Water Supplies in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Damaging floodwaters that tore through Yellowstone National Park menaced communities downstream where residents cleaned up from the mess and kept an eye on rising river levels while others braced for the economic fallout while the park …

Floods Leave Yellowstone Landscape ‘Dramatically Changed’

RED LODGE, Mont. (AP) — The forces of fire and ice shaped Yellowstone National Park over thousands of years. It took decades longer for humans to tame it enough for tourists to visit, often from the comfort of their cars. …

Yellowstone Closed After Historic Floods; Some Areas Cut Off

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Communities bordering Yellowstone National Park were isolated and tourists stranded Tuesday after record floodwaters knocked out roads and bridges in Montana and Wyoming and forced the closure of all entrances to the park. The flooding followed …

Alaska River Flooding from Snowmelt Sweeps Away One Home

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One home was swept away by a raging river, with several other homes and cabins lining the Copper River in eastern Alaska also in danger of being lost because of the eroding riverbank, officials said Wednesday. …

California Gives Rivers More Room to Flow to Stem Flood Risk

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Between vast almond orchards and dairy pastures in the heart of California’s farm country sits a property being redesigned to look like it did 150 years ago, before levees restricted the flow of rivers that weave …

Dirty Snow and Warm Temps Aid Red River Valley Snowmelt

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Any fears of an extended spring flooding season in the Red River Valley have been virtually eliminated thanks in large part to the soil-stained snow that helped absorb warmth from the sun, the National Weather Service …

Snow, Rain, Brings Flood Concerns to Pacific Northwest

SEATTLE (AP)–The latest storm to hit the Pacific Northwest brought flood warnings, the shutdown of a major mountain pass, school closures and icy roads Thursday. Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state’s Cascade mountains was closed Thursday due to …