Precipitation

March 24, 2015--Drought to continue in West, forecasters predict (Republic Washington Bureau)

The spring weather outlook for the West issued last week by federal forecasters has a familiar ring to it: continuing drought conditions leading to greater wildfire risk. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast predicts drought will persist or worsen in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and western Colorado through June.


March 20, 2015--No, California won't run out of water in a year (Los Angeles Times)

California's water situation is troubling, but experts say decades worth of groundwater remain. Lawmakers are proposing emergency legislation, state officials are clamping down on watering lawns and, as California enters a fourth year of drought, some are worried that the state could run out of water. State water managers and other experts said Thursda

March 12, 2015--Could China & India's air pollution be behind our cold, snowy winters? (Environmental News Network)

Many scientists think that climate change might be one cause of this year's "snowpocalypse" in Boston and bitter cold snaps in New York and Washington. But physicists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been looking into another culprit: air pollution in China and India. "Over the past 30 years or so, man-made emission centers have shifted from tr


March 5, 2015--Rising temperatures are amplifying drought effects, study finds (Los Angeles Times)

Climate change is increasing the risk of severe drought in California by causing warm periods and dry periods to overlap more often, according to a new study. Rising temperatures resulting from increased greenhouse gas emissions mean warm and dry periods are coinciding more frequently, the study authors say. And that is amplifying the effects of low precipitation.


March 4, 2015--Outlook improves for water throughout Colorado (Denver Post)

Unsurprisingly, to anyone who has spent the past few weeks in or around Denver, the South Platte River Basin leads Colorado's snowpack statistics at 113 percent of average as of Tuesday.


February 28, 2015--Calif. farms to go without federal water again in 2015 (Capital Press)

Many farms in California’s Central Valley will have to do without federal water again this year unless big spring storms replenish the state’s woeful mountain snowpack. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s initial allocation, announced Feb.


February 26, 2015--Central Texas drought is worst on record (Circle of Blue)

On February 18, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) in Texas, a water supplier to power plants and farms, and to Austin, the fast-growing capital, announced that the deep drought that has gripped the state’s Colorado River watershed since 2008 is the worst on record.


February 26, 2015--California has entered fourth year of drought, water experts say (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

State water officials are preparing for the fourth straight year of drought and are readying more restrictive water conservation measures under an extension of the governor’s water emergency plan.


February 23, 2015--Snow causing headaches for some, free day for others (Durango Herald)

The Colorado Department of Transportation will be doing avalanche control on Coal Bank, Molas and Red Mountain passes throughout the day after a storm dumped as much as 24 inches of snow in the region. The work will require delays, which could be lengthy, said Nancy Shanks, CDOT spokeswoman in Durango.


February 21, 2015--Snowpack is no help to area drought (Arizona Journal)

While monsoon storms and rain throughout the year are important sources of moisture, snowpack accounts for approximately 70 percent of Arizona’s water supply, and once again snowpack levels are well below normal, including those in Navajo County. A report unveiled in early February by the U.S.


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