Latest Droughts News

Farmer fined $304K over alleged water theft during drought

Oct. 21, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A farm in southeastern Washington has been fined $304,000 by the Washington state Department of Ecology for irrigating 250 acres (101 hectares) without rights to the water. Frank Tiegs LLC in Franklin County has 30 days to appeal the decision to...

Climate change makes drought recovery tougher in U.S. West

Oct. 21, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians rejoiced this week when big drops of water started falling from the sky for the first time in any measurable way since the spring, an annual soaking that heralds the start of the rainy season following some of the hottest and driest months on record. ...

Storms head for fire-ravaged California amid drought

Oct. 20, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Showers drifted across the drought-stricken and fire-scarred landscape of Northern California on Wednesday, trailed by a series of progressively stronger storms that are expected to bring significant rain and snow into next week, forecasters said. ...

Hopeful storms in forecast for drought plagued US West

Oct. 19, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Mired in an historic drought, California is set to get its first significant soaking of the season this week, with storms forecasted to dump up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) of rain in parched parts of the state. But the rain, which comes after...

California to see 2nd storm of the week, with more to come

Oct. 19, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The second storm of the week was headed toward Northern California on Tuesday and more systems were lined up behind it, with potential to bring a long fire season to an end in that part of the drought-stricken state. Rain was expected to spread...

Harris argues for Biden climate agenda at sinking Lake Mead

Oct. 18, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris stood before the record-low water levels of Nevada’s Lake Mead on Monday and made the case for the Biden administration’s climate change agenda by warning that “this is where we’re headed.” “Look at where the...

Cold front brings snow, rain, showers to California

Oct. 18, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A cold front passing through drought-stricken California brought snow to the northern Sierra Nevada and rain, showers and drizzle elsewhere, the National Weather Service said Monday. The Sierra snowfall was significant enough to impact travel...

Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead

Oct. 17, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by Western drought as she visits Lake Mead in Nevada and makes the case for the Biden administration's infrastructure and climate change proposals that have stalled in Congress. ...

In South Texas, aging water system meets growing population

Oct. 16, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — On a scorching afternoon in South Texas, Sonia Lambert looked out at an open-air canal that carries mud-green water from the Rio Grande to nearby towns and farmland, losing much of it to evaporation and seepage along the way. “That will be...

More rain expected for Hawaii, but drought may persist

Oct. 15, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii can expect above average rainfall during the upcoming wet season and potentially have more floods like last winter, the National Weather Service said Friday. Even so, Maui County and the Big Island may remain in drought and at greater risk for wildfires because the...