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NOAA — La Nina will give U.S. mild winter but intensify drought

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center released its winter outlook for 2020-2021 Thursday, forecasting that much of the South and Southwest of the U.S. will remain dry this winter, while the northern tier of states will have a wetter than average winter.

Puerto Rico under water rationing due to worsening drought

San Juan - Puerto Rico’s governor, Wanda Vazquez, on Monday declared a state of emergency as a worsening drought creeps across the U.S. territory amid the coronavirus crisis. On Thursday, almost 140,000 homes and businesses will begin water rationing.

Op-Ed: Trump's fireworks display over Mt. Rushmore another dumb idea

Abnormally dry conditions and a persistent risk of summer wildfires in the Black Hills of South Dakota make the fireworks display planned for July 3 at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial a totally unnecessary, and potentially dangerous event.

Survey of California snowpack shows its the biggest in 22 years

Sacramento - An atmospheric river of huge storms roared into California in January, reducing the state's water deficit by more than a third. And the snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas is the biggest in 22 years.

Winter forecast — worsening drought conditions for southern U.S.

While the next few months may bring some relief from one of the hottest summers on record for much of the U.S., there won't be any relief forthcoming for the 45 percent of the country suffering from "significant" drought conditions.

Brewers scrambling to get pumpkins for fall beers

The looming shortage of pumpkins this year can be looked at two ways, disastrous or a blessing, depending on if you love pumpkin beer or cringe at the thought of drinking a brewed concoction made with pumpkins.

Sierra Nevada snowpack not likely to recover until 2019

Los Angeles - Even though El Nino was pegged to bring some relief to California after four years of unrelenting drought, it hardly made a dent in the Sierra Nevada's snowpack deficit. One study says it will take another four years to return to pre-drought levels.

California turns water conservation over to communities

Sacramento - Though the drought still goes on, regulators in California have dropped the mandatory 25 percent water savings rules, turning control of water conservation over to communities.

British Columbia may be facing wildfires and drought this summer

Vancouver - The snowpack in British Columbia started melting early this year and because of the generally warm and dry conditions we had in April, the melting was quick.

Study shows southwestern U.S. on verge of a 'megadrought'

Due to human-caused climate change, the very real possibility of the southwestern region of the United States experiencing a prolonged drought has been estimated at 50 percent. The chance of the region having a "megadrought" lasting 30 years is also high.

Drought conditions worry producers in Central and Eastern Canada

Simcoe - As in parts of the United States drought conditions exacerbated by heat waves worry farmers in Canada. Producers in parts of Central Canada and Eastern Canada may see yields reduced because of drought.

Texas wildfires continue, with long recoveries expected

Caddo - Wildfires ravaging the state of Texas continue impacting its residents, with the Possum Kingdom Lake community that has lost 160 homes and two churches thus far to the fires likely taking “years” to recover.

Eleven new wildfires ravaging Texas Special

Midland - A recent rash of wildfires in Texas has worsened, with 11 new ones on Tuesday. With rising temperatures and little rain in the long-term forecast, conditions could worsen for resources already spread thin.
 

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