Parched US Southwest gets reprieve as snowmelt fills rivers

U.S. 06/12/19, 23:57

A welcome surge of melting snow is pouring out of the Rocky Mountains and into the drought-stricken rivers of the southwestern United States, fending off a water shortage but threatening to push rivers over their banks. Last winter brought above-average snowfall to much of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, so an abundance ...

California snowpack 202% of average for this time of year

U.S. 06/02/19, 14:33

The amount of snow blanketing the Sierra Nevada is even larger than the 2017 snowpack that pulled the state out of a five-year drought, California water officials said.As of Thursday, the snowpack measured 202% of average after a barrage of storms throughout winter and spring, according to the Department of ...

Texas struggles to keep pace as thirst for water intensifies

U.S. 06/01/19, 09:01

About 1,000 people arrive in Texas each day, drawn by jobs, newly built homes and other opportunities. But in a state where prolonged drought is a regular occurrence, officials are struggling to ensure they can sate everyone's thirst.Water experts are trying to determine how "resilient" the state's water infrastructure is ...

Hoover Dam ceremony marks Colorado River drought plan

U.S. 05/21/19, 02:13

Federal, state and tribal water managers are marking completion of a long-negotiated plan for 40 million people and vast irrigated farms to share crucial Colorado River water despite ongoing drought in the arid U.S. Southwest. Interior Department official Tim Petty, Bureau of Reclamation chief Brenda Burman and representatives from seven states ...

South Korea vows to send aid to North quickly, may send food

Asia & Pacific 05/20/19, 03:44

South Korea vowed Monday to move quickly on its plans to provide $8 million worth of humanitarian aid to North Korea while it also considers sending food to the country that says it's suffering its worst drought in decades. Lee Sang-min, spokesman of Seoul's Unification Ministry, said the government will discuss ...

North Korea says it is suffering worst drought in decades

Asia & Pacific 05/15/19, 21:26

North Korea said Wednesday it is suffering its worst drought in nearly four decades amid reports of severe food shortages. The official Korean Central News Agency said an average of 54.4 millimeters (2.1 inches) of rain fell throughout the country in the first five months of this year. It said that ...

Rains like no other: Iraq is tested in era of climate change

Asia & Pacific 05/02/19, 01:14

After years of meager rains and scorching summers, the wettest winter in a generation has revived Iraq's famous rivers and filled its lakes, bringing welcome relief to a country facing severe water challenges in the era of climate change.The rains have restored freshwater marshes of southern Iraq — a region ...

Drought hits Panama Canal shipping, highlights climate fears

World 04/29/19, 23:00

An intense drought related to this year's El Nino phenomenon has precipitously lowered the level of Panama's Gatun Lake, forcing the country's Canal Authority to impose draft limits this week on ships moving through the waterway's recently expanded locks.The restrictions on how deep the vessels can reach below the surface ...

Germany: Dry weather raises fears of forest fires, drought

Europe 04/24/19, 11:16

Meteorologists in Germany say rain forecast for the next few days is unlikely to provide much relief to parched fields and forests, raising fears of a repeat of last year's drought and serious wildfires.Udo Busch of the German meteorological agency DWD said if dry conditions prevail, the drought that caused ...

US Congress approves Colorado River drought plan

U.S. 04/08/19, 19:37

A plan to address a shrinking supply of water on a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West is headed to President Donald Trump. The U.S. House and Senate approved the Colorado River drought contingency plan on Monday. Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming spent years ...

UN report: Extreme weather hit 62 million people in 2018

Science 03/28/19, 13:01

The United Nations' weather agency says extreme weather last year hit 62 million people worldwide and forced 2 million people to relocate, as man-made climate change worsened.The World Meteorological Organization's annual state of global climate report says Earth is nearly 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) warmer than when the ...

Update: Irrigation district opposes draft drought bill

Enviroment 03/27/19, 17:06

The Latest on a Colorado River drought plan (all times local):3 p.m.A California irrigation district that has the largest entitlement to Colorado River water says it doesn't support proposed federal legislation to implement a multi-state drought plan.FILE - In this July 16, 2014 file photo, what was once a marina ...

Arizona Sen. McSally promises swift action on drought plan

U.S. 03/27/19, 16:23

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally vowed Wednesday to take quick action on a plan to preserve a drought-stricken Colorado River, which serves about 40 million people in the U.S. West and Mexico.Seven states are looking to Congress to pass legislation to implement drought contingency plans that would mean voluntary cuts to ...

Update: California water agency to store extra water

U.S. 03/12/19, 15:28

The Latest on a drought plan for the Colorado River (all times local):1:25 p.m.A major Southern California water agency has agreed to store extra water in a key reservoir in an effort to preserve a multistate drought plan for the Colorado River.FILE - This March 23, 2012, file photo shows ...

Plan to protect Colorado River still isn’t done. Now what?

U.S. 03/04/19, 18:29

Another federal deadline passed Monday for seven states in the U.S. West to wrap up work on a plan to ensure the drought-stricken Colorado River can deliver water to the 40 million people and farms that depend on it.The states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming ...

Winter storms wash away California drought, burnish snowpack

U.S. 02/28/19, 18:33

California is drenched and its mountains are piled high with snow amid a still-unfolding winter of storms that was unimaginable just a few months ago. Drought conditions have almost been eliminated, hills blackened by huge wildfires are sporting lush coats of green, and snow has fallen in the usually temperate suburbs ...

Storm brings snow to low levels in Southern California

U.S. 02/21/19, 17:52

Snow fell at low levels in Southern California on Thursday with the arrival of a very cold storm that added even more precipitation in a wet winter that has almost eliminated drought conditions statewide.Snow fell in the Santa Monica Mountains above the Malibu coast, the Los Angeles County Fire Department ...

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