Droughts

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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November 21, 2017 - 4:36 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Officials in Portugal say they may begin rationing the public water supply at night-time in response to the country's worst drought on record. Authorities say 94 percent of the Portuguese mainland is enduring what they classify as an "extreme" drought. Environment secretary...
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Sarah Boryszewski is helped by her father Gerald Peete as they dig for belongings in the remains of Boryszewski's home in Coffey Park, Friday Oct. 20, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif. Northern California residents who fled a wildfire in the dead of night with only minutes to spare returned to their neighborhoods Friday for the first time in nearly two weeks to see if anything was standing. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
October 23, 2017 - 10:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A non-partisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the coming decades. A Government Accountability...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2017 file photo, a worker carries red grapes in a burgundy vineyard during the grape harvest season, in Volnay, central France. The EU's Copa-Cogeca farm union announced Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 that spring hail and frost, combined with sustained drought during the summer, will force wine production down to 145 million hectoliters, a level not seen since 1981. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)
October 10, 2017 - 9:07 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Hail, frost and droughts have hit Europe's grape harvest hard, making it the smallest in 36 years. The quality of the wines, though, is expected to be excellent. The European Union's Copa-Cogeca farm union said Tuesday that the extreme weather means the harvest is expected to be...
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In this picture taken Sept. 4 2017, a tower stands nearly completely out of the water of the dam of the Vale do Gaio reservoir, near the village of Torrao, southern Portugal. A drought is tightening its grip on wide areas of Portugal. More than 80 percent of the country is officially classified as enduring "severe" or "extreme" drought conditions that are among the worst in more than 20 years. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
September 11, 2017 - 6:14 am
SANTA SUSANA, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's Pego do Altar reservoir looks like disused quarry now, its bare, exposed slopes rising up steeply on each side and shimmering in the sun as it holds barely 11 percent of the water it was designed for. The huge lake where people used to swim, boat and fish...
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