Droughts

FILE - In this July 25, 2017, file photo, rafters float down the Colorado River near Moab, Utah. Rivers are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest. Climatologists and other experts are scheduled Wednesday, May 23, 2018, to provide an update on the situation in the Four Corners region - where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet. (AP photo/Dan Elliott, File).
May 23, 2018 - 1:04 am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rivers are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest. Climatologists and other experts are scheduled Wednesday to provide an update on...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2018, file photo, sandbars fill the Rio Grande north of Albuquerque, N.M. Forecasters said Monday, April 23, 2018, that drought conditions across southwestern states are contributing to a wildfire threat. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
April 23, 2018 - 4:07 pm
Dry weather will prolong the wildfire threat through summer in the southwestern United States, even though weekend showers temporarily relieved drought conditions in parts of the area, forecasters said Monday. The drought is rooted in a dry spell that began in October and is considered "extreme"...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2018, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Capt. John Pepper, Fresno Fire Department, and Rescue Squad Leader RTF-5 searches homes off East Valley Road in Montecito, Calif. Authorities are urging people living in an area devastated by mudslides to evacuate ahead of a strong Pacific storm that forecasters say is likely to bring an extended period of rain and the threat of flooding and debris flows. Santa Barbara County issued a mandatory evacuation order Monday, March 19, 2018, affecting about 30,000 people, including the community of Montecito, where 21 people were killed by a massive mudslide in January. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)
March 20, 2018 - 3:04 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities ordered tens of thousands of people to flee their homes as a powerful storm headed toward California, where many communities on Tuesday face the threat of flooding and destructive debris flows from areas burned bare by huge wildfires. An atmospheric river — a huge...
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March 07, 2018 - 6:37 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Authorities in South Africa say "Day Zero," the date when Cape Town would have to turn off most water taps because of a drought, might not happen at all this year because of water conservation efforts. The Democratic Alliance, the opposition party that runs the city of 4 million...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2018 file photo, Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, leaves a snow covered meadow after conducting the second snow survey of the season near Echo Summit, Calif. Welcome drifts of fresh snow await California's water managers on their late-winter survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack. California water officials were trooping into the mountains Monday, March 5, for the latest in their regular manual measurements of the year's snowfall. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
March 05, 2018 - 1:55 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Welcome snowdrifts await California's water managers on their late-winter survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack. California water officials are trooping into the mountains Monday for the latest regular manual measurements of the year's snowfall. The snowpack historically has...
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February 20, 2018 - 3:38 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's response to drought conditions (all times local): 1:35 p.m. State officials say California's winter so far is the third driest on record as much of the state heads back toward drought. Last year's unprecedented rainfall has left most reservoirs...
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A woman collects water in a settlement near Cape Town on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. South Africa's drought-hit city of Cape Town introduced new water restrictions in an attempt to avoid what it calls "Day Zero," the day in mid-April when it might have to turn off most taps. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
February 03, 2018 - 5:44 am
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — "Day Zero" is approaching as South Africa's showcase city of Cape Town prepares to turn off most water taps amid the worst drought in a century. Tensions among the four million residents are highlighting a class divide in a country with one of the world's highest...
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FILE - In this Wednesday Jan. 3, 2018 file photo, Grant Davis, director of the Dept. of Water Resources, center, discusses the results of the first snow survey of the season at the nearly snow barren Phillips Station snow course, near Echo Summit, Calif. California’s water managers are carrying out their mid-winter snowpack survey Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, as the winter’s dry spell persists. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
February 01, 2018 - 1:12 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amid record-setting heat in the state's south, California's water managers will measure the snowpack so far this winter in the Sierra Nevada mountains, which supplies water to millions. Department of Water Resources officials will trek to the mountains Thursday to check the...
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January 18, 2018 - 8:59 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African city of Cape Town has announced new water restrictions to combat drought, saying it is looking more likely that it will have to turn off most taps on "Day Zero," or April 21. Mayor Patricia de Lille said Thursday that 60 percent of residents are "callously"...
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Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, looks over a nearly snow barren meadow while conducting the first snow survey of the season at the Phillips Station snow course, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, near Echo Summit, Calif. The snow survey showed the snow pack at this location at 1.3 inches of depth with a water content of .4 inches. California's water managers are saying it's too early yet for fears that the state is sliding back into its historic five-year drought.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
January 03, 2018 - 7:03 pm
PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — The grassy brown Sierra meadow where California's water managers gave the results of the winter's first manual snowpack measurements Wednesday told the story — the drought-prone state is off to another unusually dry start in its vital winter rain and snow season. "We...
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