Latest Droughts News

New Mexico blasted by snow, wind and freezing temperatures

Oct. 26, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Blowing snow and slick roads were creating hazardous travel conditions Monday for northern and central New Mexico, as officials warned residents and travelers that the worst was still to come. Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque said the storm system was...

2 California wildfires last year blamed on electrical lines

Oct. 23, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigations found that damaged electrical equipment ignited two Southern California wildfires last year, including one that threatened the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, a fire agency said Thursday. The investigative results for two fires that broke out northwest of...

Smoke rises from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns south of Highway 34 Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, near Granby, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado wildfires drag on later than normal, break records

Oct. 22, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Orange skies, winds gusting up to 70 mph, smoke tornadoes and hazardous air. While it could be an apocalyptic scene out of a movie, it has become the reality of Colorado's wildfire season. The blazes have burned the second-most acreage since 2000 and included the state's two largest on...

Lawmakers: New Mexico farmers shortchanged on disaster aid

Oct. 14, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's congressional delegation is calling for more oversight of a federal agency after some farmers and ranchers were shortchanged on disaster aid and Hispanic farmers who rely on traditional acequias to irrigate their crops have been told they’re ineligible for...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 file photo, a firefighter is silhouetted against a fire burning outside the village of Roqueiro, near Oleiros, Portugal. In the wake of heat waves, global warming, forest fires, storms, droughts and a rising number of hurricanes, the U.N. weather agency in a new report released Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020, is warning that the number of people who need international humanitarian help could rise 50% by 2030 compared to the 108 million who needed it in 2018 (AP Photo/Sergio Azenha, File)

UN: Climate change means more weather disasters every year

Oct. 13, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — In the wake of heat waves, global warming, forest fires, storms, droughts and a rising number of hurricanes, the U.N. weather agency warned Tuesday that the number of people who need international humanitarian help could rise 50% by 2030 compared to the 108 million who needed it worldwide in...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020 file photo, a cornfield damaged in the derecho earlier this month is seen on the Rod Pierce farm near Woodward, Iowa.  Crop loss estimates from a rare wind storm that slammed Iowa in August have increased by more than 50%, a new report shows. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday, Oct. 10 that the number of crop acres that Iowa farmers are unable to harvest has grown to 850,000 from estimates last month that 550,000 acres were lost because of the storm, known as a derecho. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Report: Iowa’s derecho crop losses increase by more than 50%

Oct. 10, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Crop loss estimates from a rare wind storm that slammed Iowa in August have increased by more than 50%, a new report shows. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday that the number of crop acres that Iowa farmers are unable to harvest has grown to 850,000 (343,983 hectares)...

Drought stirs fears of Dust Bowl near Madras

Oct. 10, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

BEND, Oregon (AP) — Evan Thomas, a farmer in Jefferson County, is used to seeing the landscape around his farm covered in various shades of green. This year those colors have mostly turned to brown, with occasional clouds of dust filling the skies. “It’s a horrible, horrible mess,”...

Dry weather worsen in Colorado, 17% in 'exceptional drought'

Oct. 9, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The summer drought that lingered throughout Colorado has become worse. The entire state is currently experiencing abnormally dry conditions and nearly 17% of the land area is in exceptional drought, the most extreme category, the U.S. Drought Monitor said. The drought is happening just a year...

Cracked earth is exposed in the riverbed of the Paraguay River in Chaco-i near Asuncion city, Paraguay, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. The Paraguay River reached its lowest level in 50 years on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, following months of extreme drought that has exposed the nation’s economic dependence on the river and limited access to drinking water. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

Drought depletes Paraguay River, a country's lifeline

Oct. 9, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — The Paraguay River has reached its lowest level in half a century after months of extreme drought in the region, exposing the vulnerability of landlocked Paraguay’s economy. Some 85% percent of Paraguay’s foreign trade is conducted via the river, which has been...

Oahu water board asks residents to conserve due to drought

Oct. 9, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Board of Water Supply officials asked Oahu residents to conserve water through the fall because of ongoing drought conditions. Officials from the island's water utility said rainfall has been less than 50% of the normal average, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday. The...