Latest Droughts News

Storms nudge most of California out of dry category

Dec. 14, 2019 5:17 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Recent heavy storms in California have wiped out much of the state's abnormally dry conditions. Two months ago, the U.S. Drought Monitor categorized more 81% of the state as abnormally dry because of above-normal temperatures and a lack of precipitation six weeks into the water year...

US officials to review deal on sharing Colorado River water

Dec. 13, 2019 8:02 PM EST

Federal water managers are starting to review a crucial 2007 agreement for seven Western states to share drought-diminished water supplies from the Colorado River ahead of talks about revising and renewing it beginning in 2026, U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Friday. Bernhardt called for a report...

US water chief praises Colorado River deal, sees challenges

Dec. 12, 2019 7:11 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — States in the U.S. West that have agreed to begin taking less water next month from the drought-stricken Colorado River got praise and a push for more action Thursday from the nation’s top water official. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman told federal, state and...

California drenched or blanketed in snow after holiday storm

Nov. 29, 2019 3:06 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is drenched with rain or blanketed in snow after a powerful Thanksgiving storm that arrived just as a withering, fiery fall had left the state facing the prospect of a return to drought. Rain and snow showers continued in parts of the state Friday while skies elsewhere...

Autumn precipitation offers relief from long Alaska drought

Nov. 27, 2019 9:41 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A warm, wet autumn has helped relieve a long period of drought in Southeast Alaska, scientists said. Heavy rainfall pushed the region over its annual average by 13 inches (33 centimeters), The Juneau Empire reported Monday. There has been a dramatic increase in precipitation in the...

Soggy spring, summer drought hurt Christmas tree crop

Nov. 26, 2019 1:50 PM EST

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A soggy spring followed by a summer drought has hurt the Christmas tree crop on at least one Kentucky farm. Elizabeth Werkmeister Shafer told The Courier Journal she lost half of the 600 trees she planted this year at her Werkmeister Christmas Tree Farm in Bullitt County. After...

Southern Africa’s deadly drought leaving millions hungry

Nov. 21, 2019 8:54 AM EST

VOSBURG, South Africa (AP) — Residents call this drought-stricken community a “forgotten town.” The flat, dusty roads to Vosburg are surrounded by withered fields. The streams feeding the community of a few thousand people have gone dry. Signs warn drivers of wandering cattle and sheep but...

Drought recedes as rain waters parched areas of Southeast

Nov. 16, 2019 2:00 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Drought continues to recede in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. Almost one third of South Carolina and more than one third of Georgia recorded no drought as of Tuesday. Last week, only 9% of Georgia and 24% of South Carolina could make that claim. In Alabama, 70% of the state is now...

Kentucky officials remove drought declarations statewide

Nov. 9, 2019 11:19 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials have removed drought declarations for all 120 counties in the state. A Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet news release says recent rains have eliminated precipitation deficits and improved stream flows and soil moisture levels. Statewide drought declarations...

3 dead, dozens injured as Australia wildfires raze homes

Nov. 9, 2019 6:07 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Wildfires razing Australia's drought-stricken east coast have left three people dead, several missing and dozens injured, with over 150 homes destroyed, officials said Saturday. Around 1,500 firefighters were battling more than 70 fires across Australia's most populous state, New...