Rainfall

September 30, 2014--Dogged rainfall soaks region (Durango Herald)

It seemed like there was a plumbing problem in the skies above La Plata County on Sunday and Monday, as storms wrung lightning, hail and reams of rain from the clouds in terrific, gloomy, spurting volumes. Snow, rain and icy conditions at Wolf Creek Pass felled one truck Monday, causing the pass to close.


March 6, 2014--America could soon face more days of 'extreme rainfall' (Atlantic Cities)

Squelch, squelch, squelch – that could be the sound of future America, if predictions about how climate change will ramp up "extreme rainfall" prove accurate. Say the world's nations do little to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases pouring into the atmosphere.


May 26, 2013--Climate researchers discover new rhythm for El Niño (Science Daily)

El Niño wreaks havoc across the globe, shifting weather patterns that spawn droughts in some regions and floods in others. The impacts of this tropical Pacific climate phenomenon are well known and documented. A mystery, however, has remained despite decades of research: Why does El Niño always peak around Christmas and end quickly by February to April?


May 3, 2013--NASA study projects warming-driven changes in global rainfall (Wall Street Journal)

A NASA-led modeling study provides new evidence that global warming may increase the risk for extreme rainfall and drought. The study shows for the first time how rising carbon dioxide concentrations could affect the entire range of rainfall types on Earth.


September 14, 2012--Drought nears record levels (USA Today)

The drought scorching the nation has reached a level surpassed only twice before in recorded weather history. The National Climatic Data Center reported this week that 57.2% of the contiguous USA is "moderately to extremely dry," a percentage topped only during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and during another drought in the mid-1950s.


June 2, 2012--Drought hits most of Colorado; outlook bleak (Denver Post)

Most of Colorado is in a moderate to extreme drought, and the outlook for June offers little hope for improvement. The U.S.

May 13, 2012--Colorado: Will the monsoon bring drought relief? (Summit Voice)

The biggest uncertainty for the course of this summer’s fire season is whether the monsoon will arrive on schedule — or perhaps even a bit early — to soak Colorado with beneficial rains, and for now, the answer is still uncertain. The larger Pacific weather patterns are in a transitional phase.

April 27, 2012--Study indicates a greater threat of extreme weather (New York Times)

New research suggests that global warming is causing the cycle of evaporation and rainfall over the oceans to intensify more than scientists had expected, an ominous finding that may indicate a higher potential for extreme weather in coming decades.


February 23, 2012--Colorado: Dead forests could affect the weather (Summit Voice)

Researchers who set out to study whether deforestation on the slopes of Kilimanjaro is affecting the mountain’s ice cap concluded that large-scale climate changes have much more of an impact on the glaciers. But they also documented that clear-cutting the mountain’s forests is having a distinct effect on precipitation at the mid-level elevations, where rainfall has been reduced.


December 4, 2011--North Mexico wilts under extreme drought (Pueblo Chieftain)

The sun-baked northern states of Mexico are suffering under the worst drought since the government began recording rainfall 70 years ago. Crops of corn, beans and oats are withering in the fields. About 1.7 million cattle have died of starvation and thirst.


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