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Colorado Weather Program Seeks Volunteers to Monitor Drought, Climate

Weather watchers are needed to help Colorado State monitor the ongoing drought and longer-term climate conditions. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, known as CoCoRaHS, is hoping to have at least one person per square mile recording observations along the Front Range, and as many as possible elsewhere in the state.


May 15, 2014--Western water supply forecast tracks melting snowpack (Natural Resources Conservation Service)

April storms delivered a mix of rain and snow to the northern half of the West, but didn’t provide much relief for the dry southern half, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) May 2014 water supply forecast.


April 16, 2014--Weather throws a curve (Environmental News Network)

Apparently the intense curve of the jet stream can predict the variability of an entire season and it is part of a 4,000 year pattern. Last winter's curvy jet stream in North America resulted in mild western temperatures and harsher cold temperatures in the east.


April 10, 2014--El Niño likely later in year, could help Calif. drought (USA Today)

Relief for California's devastating drought could be on the way later this year because an El Niño climate pattern is likely to develop in the Pacific Ocean, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Thursday. El Niño, the planet's most important climate phenomenon, shakes up weather in the USA and around the world.


March 25, 2014--Top 3 threats to U.S. drinking water (Water Online)

A recent National Geographic report indicates the top three threats to U.S. drinking water are 1) energy plants, 2) weather, and 3) pharmaceuticals. "When you burn coal you leave behind metals and radioactivity," said Robert B. Jackson, an environmental scientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in the report. "The ash is quite toxic.


March 14, 2014--NASA-funded study: Industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'? (The Guardian)

A new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.


February 28, 2014--Drought watchers see mostly good news, bad here and there (Rocky Mountain PBS)

With the winter of 2013-14 winding its way toward the first day of spring on March 20, Colorado’s climatologists and wat


February 14, 2014--China’s polluted air is changing the weather (Texas A&M)

Air pollution over Asia, most of which is coming from China, is affecting the world’s weather. The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, are based on analysis of climate models and data collected about aerosols and meteorology over the past 30 years.


January 25, 2014--Early trends point to El Nino cycle (Montrose Daily Press)

Although it’s early to think about weather patterns toward the end of the year, models and trends show that Colorado could be headed for a southernly winter storm system. “We are still neutral in the cycle. The models are hinting at going toward an El Nino cycle next fall,” the National Weather Service’s Aldis Strautins said.


January 17, 2014--Last year's U.S. weather showed extremes in precipitation (Los Angeles Times)

Last year was marked by extremes in precipitation around the country, with unusually wet weather east of the Rockies and drought worsening in the West, particularly California, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


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