January 8, 2013--Drought Takes Head Start Into 2013 (Northern Colorado Business Report)

2012 was a drought year for the record books. It was the warmest year ever recorded in Des Moines, Iowa, Topeka, Kan., and Columbia, Mo. and the driest ever in Grand Island, Neb. The question is whether 2013 will be any different. With a crop in the ground, winter wheat farmers need things to change in a hurry. But climatologists aren’t so sure that will happen.

January 8, 2013--2012 was warmest and second most extreme year on record for the contiguous U.S. (Science Daily)

According to NOAA scientists, 2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States with the year consisting of a record warm spring, second warmest summer, fourth warmest winter and a warmer-than-average autumn. The average temperature for 2012 was 55.3°F, 3.2°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above 1998, the previous warmest year.

January 7, 2013--New doubt cast on link between global warming and increased drought (Environmental News Network)

There have been devastating droughts in the past few years in places like Africa, Australia, and the United States. Last summer, the drought in the central US caused the loss of massive crops, causing a major economic hit for the country. The seemingly increasing prevalence of droughts has some announcing the effects of climate change coming to fruition.

January 3, 2013--It can’t get too deep (Durango Herald)

Despite getting some big storms last month, much of the U.S. is still desperate for relief from the nation’s longest dry spell in decades. And experts say it will take an absurd amount of snow to ease the woes of farmers and ranchers. The same fears haunt firefighters, water utilities and many communities across the country.

December 31, 2012--11 Billion-bollar weather, climate disasters hit U.S. in 2012 (Environmental News Service)

In 2012, the United States experienced 11 extreme weather and climate events that cost more than $1 billion in losses, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climactic Data Center.

December 31, 2012--More snow needed to relieve Four Corners drought (Denver Post)

Winter storms have started dropping snow in northern New Mexico's parched San Juan County but significantly more snowfall is needed to relieve drought conditions. The Farmington Daily Times reports that the water level behind Navajo Dam was 57 percent of capacity as of Dec. 26. Hydrologic engineer Susan Behery of the U.S.

December 29, 2012--Senate balks on wildfire preparedness funding (Summit Voice)

Along with budget gridlock, the U.S. Senate this week rejected an effort by two western senators to fully fund the U.S. Forest Service’s wildfire budget for 2013. Sens.

December 27, 2012--Despite snow, Colorado's drought outlook uncertain (Aspen Times)

The outlook for a major change in Colorado's drought is uncertain even though holiday storms have improved the mountain snowpack, a climate researcher said Thursday. "It's not quite good enough to pull us out of the 'drought,' but at least (it's) bringing temporary relief and optimism," State Climatologist Nolan Doesken said.

December 26, 2012--Western states eye continued drought (Summit Voice)

Without a surplus moisture this winter, drought conditions are likely to linger, and potentially even worsen, across parts of the West in 2013, according to the Western Governors’ Association, which last week released its new Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook. Publication of the latest edition of the outlook came shortly after Dec.

December 24, 2012--Drought in Colorado: Uncertainty is the only certainty (Coloradoan)

There is little indication that Colorado’s drought is nearing an end. The federal government, in a report released last week by the U.S.

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