Drought

June 18, 2011--Engineer urges valley not to overdraft water (Pueblo Chieftain)

Drought conditions on the San Luis Valley floor have prompted the state engineer to urge farmers to conserve water while federal agricultural officials consider requesting a disaster designation for the area. State Engineer Dick Wolfe said in open letter to valley water users this week that any overdraft of the valley's aquifers will have to be repaid down the road.

June 16, 2011--Spring extreme weather events in 2011 in U.S.: historic and record setting (Washington Post)

Spring 2011 may well go down in the weather history books as the most extreme on record. From the massive April tornado swarm, to record Mississippi river levels, to extreme drought and wildfires in the Southwest, weather extremes were both violent and relentless, taking a terrible toll on human life and the economy.


June 15, 2011--Climate change and the west: A picture of the western United States in the coming decades (Environmental News Network)

Last week findings of a study by the U.S. Geological Survey show a sharp decline in the snowpack of the northern Rocky Mountains over the past 30 years.

June 10, 2011--Europeans act to stem drought damage (New York Times)

The period from March to May in France was the driest in the previous 50 years and the warmest since 1900, according to Météo France, the public weather service. Records have also fallen in England, where the spring has been the driest since 1910 and the warmest since 1659.


June 10, 2011--Colorado River users could face shortage in 2015 (Denver Post)

Deep spring snowpack in parts of the West has given states in the Colorado River basin some relief from drought, but water officials said Thursday there's still work to do to keep faucets running in the future. Before this year, there was a "serious possibility" that a water shortage would be declared next year for California, Arizona and Nevada, U.S.


June 9, 2011--Like water for hay (Durango Herald)

The hay on John Baughman’s ranch north of Elmore’s Corner is poking 6 to 8 inches out of the ground. But the hay, a perennial that sprouts anew on its own, was about as high as it was going to get last week from natural precipitation.


June 6, 2011--Virtual water cannot remedy freshwater shortage (Science Daily)

The implementation of virtual water into trading deals has been suggested as a realistic solution to solving the global inequality of renewable freshwater, but new research suggests that it may not be as revolutionary as first thought.


June 6, 2011--Climate scientists forecast permanently hotter summers (Science Daily)

The tropics and much of the Northern Hemisphere are likely to experience an irreversible rise in summer temperatures within the next 20 to 60 years if atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations continue to increase, according to a new climate study by Stanford University scientists. The results will be published later this month in the journal Climatic Change.


June 2, 2011--New Mexico drought spurs wildfires, hurts ranchers (Durango Herald)

Albuquerque and Roswell are on pace for their driest years on record, mirroring conditions across New Mexico that have bolstered large wildfires, hurt crops and forced ranchers to sell livestock they can’t afford to feed. Rain has been scarce throughout most of New Mexico, and weather reco


May 30, 2011--Colorado in for a long, hot summer, forecast says (Denver Post)

As temperatures heat up a snowpack that's two to three times its normal depth, flooding is "likely" in parts of the high country, according to the Intermountain West Climate Summary released by regional forecasters and climatologist last week.


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