Latest Droughts News

Part of NH still in 'extreme drought' after recent rain

Dec. 3, 2020 12:28 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Recent rainstorms have helped to reduce drought conditions in New England, but part of New Hampshire continues to fall in the “extreme drought” category, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The areas of extreme drought in southeastern New Hampshire include parts of...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 file photo, Herman Termeer, 54, stands on the roof of his home as the Blue Ridge Fire burns along the hillside in Chino Hills, Calif. An overheating world obliterated weather records in 2020 — an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves, floods, droughts and ice melt — the United Nations’ weather agency reported Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

UN calls on humanity to end 'war on nature,' go carbon-free

Dec. 2, 2020 9:41 AM EST

As an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves comes to an end, the head of the United Nations challenged world leaders to make 2021 the year that humanity ends its “war on nature” and commits to a future free of planet-warming carbon pollution. With new reports highlighting...

Pumping aims to boost Pecos River amid drought losses

Nov. 27, 2020 11:28 AM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico water managers are pumping water from state reservoirs into the Pecos River to account for losses during a devastating drought. The move was meant to augment supplies for users and water rights holders along the river, while maintaining deliveries to Texas required as part...

Some snow expected as next storm moves over New Mexico

Nov. 26, 2020 10:08 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters with the National Weather Service in New Mexico say a storm is expected to cross over the state Friday through Saturday morning and could effect some post-holiday travel. The upper-level low pressure system will bring with it snow and strong winds for some areas....

Drought conditions improve in Massachusetts

Nov. 9, 2020 1:18 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Drought conditions improved across Massachusetts thanks to rainfall in October, state officials said Monday. Precipitation totals for last month were at or above normal levels, ranging from 5 to 6 inches, with higher totals in parts of the southern and northeastern regions. As a result, State...

Cold, wet weather heading to parched California

Nov. 5, 2020 2:05 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Warm and dry conditions Thursday across California will give way to distinctly cooler and wet weather heading into the weekend, the National Weather Service said. Showers, rain, mountain snow and gusty winds were predicted for many areas as a low pressure system moves down from the...

Winter in Arizona forecast to be drier, warmer than normal

Oct. 30, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — National Weather Service forecasters say the odds favor the coming winter in Arizona being drier and warmer than normal. A long-range outlook produced by NWS offices serving Arizona said the state will enter the winter after experiencing levels of precipitation that were mostly well below...

New Mexico offers drought sessions as dry conditions persist

Oct. 30, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A record-breaking winter storm brought much needed precipitation to most of New Mexico this week, but forecasters are warning that drought conditions are expected to persist at least through February as the odds are leaning toward a drier than normal winter. New Mexico State...

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...