Latest Droughts News

California winter storms boost water allocations for cities

Jan. 26, 2023 21:48 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Weeks of historic rainfall in California won't be enough to end a severe drought, but it will provide public water agencies serving 27 million people with much more water than the suppliers had been told to expect a month ago, state officials announced Thursday. ...

Vermont organic dairy farmers seek help from state

Jan. 26, 2023 17:14 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — As more organic dairy farmers are forced out of business by an economic crisis facing them, Vermont advocates and farmers are seeking a one-time state appropriation of $9.2 million to help existing organic dairies survive. The money would be used to pay the...

Arizona judge won't compel Scottsdale to share water

Jan. 24, 2023 14:50 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge says she won't compel Scottsdale to resume an arrangement that allowed residents of a neighboring community to get their water from a city standpipe, saying the flap isn't the court's concern. Maricopa County Judge Joan Sinclair wrote in an order...

Toews, Blackhawks end long losing drought in Philadelphia

Jan. 19, 2023 23:16 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist, Petr Mrazek made 37 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks won for the first time in the regular season in Philadelphia in more than 26 years with a 4-1 victory over the Flyers on Thursday night. Before Thursday, Chicago...

Neighbors sue Arizona city to restore water cut in drought

Jan. 17, 2023 19:03 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Residents of a community just outside Scottsdale, Arizona are feuding with the city they long depended on for water now that the Phoenix suburb has cut off their supply, saying it needs to guarantee there is enough for its own residents amid a deep, long-lasting drought. ...

Newsom asks Californians to stay vigilant about more storms

Jan. 14, 2023 14:44 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With rain-soaked California expected to see more stormy weather over the weekend and into next week, Gov. Gavin Newsom, and other state and federal officials pleaded with residents Friday to stay alert to possibly more flooding and damage. A series of storms...

New Mexico wildfires prompt bill to ban burns during season

Jan. 14, 2023 12:01 PM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of acres burned in New Mexico last spring as its two biggest wildfires ever were allegedly lit purposefully, but got out of control. This year, New Mexico Sen. Ron Griggs of Alamogordo hopes to curb threats of devastating blazes during...

Series of drenching California storms put dent in drought

Jan. 12, 2023 16:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Atmospheric rivers pounding California since late last year have coated mountains with a full winter’s worth of snow and begun raising reservoir levels — but experts say it will take much more precipitation to reverse the effects of years of drought. The U.S....

2022 was fifth or sixth warmest on record as Earth heats up

Jan. 12, 2023 12:11 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Earth’s fever persisted last year, not quite spiking to a record high but still in the top five or six warmest on record, government agencies reported Thursday. But expect record-shattering hot years soon, likely in the next couple years because of “relentless”...

EXPLAINER: How much will the rain help California's drought?

Jan. 11, 2023 11:53 AM EST

California has experienced a devastating, multi-year drought that’s depleted reservoirs, forced officials to plead with residents to conserve water and constrained supplies to vital farmland. Suddenly, the state has been hit by a severe series of storms, with more expected in the...