Latest Droughts News

Pumping Mississippi River water west: solution or dream?

Feb. 02, 2023 09:35 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Waves of torrential rainfall drenched California into the new year. Snowpacks in the Sierra Nevada Mountains have swelled to more than 200% their normal size, and snowfall across the rest of the Colorado River Basin is trending above average, too. While...

California has huge snowpack, but dry trend raises worries

Feb. 01, 2023 17:39 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mountain snowpack that supplies a significant amount of California's water got an incredible boost from recent powerful storms and is outpacing the state's wettest season on record, state water officials said Wednesday. But its too soon to know if the winter...

Regional heads plan joint push against al-Shabab in Somalia

Feb. 01, 2023 11:32 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The leaders of Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya have agreed on a joint “search and destroy” military campaign against the Somali al-Shabab Islamic militant group that has carried out attacks in the region — including firing mortars near the meeting venue in...

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...