Drought

November 17, 2012--U.S., Mexico to share pain of Colorado River drought (Durango Herald)

Government officials from the United States and Mexico have set a Tuesday date in San Diego to sign a landmark agreement to share Colorado River water during times of drought and surplus. A time and place for the announcement weren’t immediately made public. But International Boundary and Water Commission official Gustavo Ramirez on Friday confirmed the day and place.


November 17, 2012--Warmer, drier winter predicted, says NOAA (Fairplay Flume)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a warmer- and drier-than-average winter for 2012-2013 after the El Niño weather pattern didn’t develop as predicted. When El Niño is present, warm water in the Pacific Ocean causes a shift in tropical weather patterns, which in turn affects the jet stream over the United States.


November 17, 2012--Global drought changed little last 60 years: a problem for global warming predictions? (Washington Post)

One of the worst droughts in U.S. history continues to plague about 60 percent of the country. Said drought may carry a $77 billion price tag according to a Purdue University estimate. An oft-referred to global warming projection is an increase in the frequency and intensity of droughts.


November 16, 2012--Train wreck coming on the Colorado River? (Grand Junction Free Press)

A heavy train is moving at 5 miles per hour toward… a cliff? A collision? And how far away might this unknown calamity be? These were the images and questions I was left with at the Upper Colorado River Basin Water Conference hosted by the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University Nov. 8-9. I deeply appreciate the fact that our presenters used such colorful language!


November 16, 2012--Lack of snow forces Monarch to delay opening (Colorado Springs Gazette)

Southern Colorado ski area Monarch Mountain announced Friday it won't open as planned Wednesday because of a lack of snow. The ski area, which relies on natural powder, has received little snowfall this fall, like most of the Colorado high country. It's the second year in a row the area, popular among Colorado Springs skiers, won't be able to open by Thanksgiving as planned.


November 11, 2012--U.S. endures near-record wildfire season (USA Today)

Nationally, the scorching heat and relentless drought this year helped spark a disastrous wildfire season. For only the third time on record, the total number of acres burned due to wildfires across the country so far this year has topped 9 million, according to data from the National Interagency Fire Center.


November 3, 2012--Denver cuts water use in drive to convert wasters to savers (Denver Post)

For population growth to continue, water managers warn, Westerners must use less — and probably spend billions on high-tech recycling and desalination plants.


October 30, 2012--Native seed shortage hampers wildfire recovery in the West (Durango Herald)

High demand has increased the price and hurt the supply of native seeds needed to replant areas devastated by drought in some areas of the West and wildfires that burned millions of acres of land nationally. Some agencies reported shortages of sagebrush seed as dry conditions hamper the ability of unburned plants to produce new seed for harvest.


October 27, 2012--How US drought damaged economy as well as crops (Denver Post)

The worst drought in decades didn't just shrivel corn and soybeans. It shrank economic growth too. The government said Friday that the U.S.

October 26, 2012--Winter moisture a must to help ease NM drought (Denver Post)

Nearly all of New Mexico continues to grapple with some level of drought, and federal forecasting models show those conditions are likely to persist through January.  State and federal officials reported during a drought monitoring meeting Thursday that there has been only one day of rain so far this month in the eastern half of New Mexico.

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