Latest Droughts News

Final Four a chance for SDSU to double its championships

Mar. 29, 2023 23:06 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of San Diego State teams that have won an NCAA Division I championship can be counted on one finger. Many Aztecs fans and alumni have no idea because it happened 50 years ago and the school dropped men’s volleyball in 2000. Brian Dutcher, who has been...

Officials warn of wildfire risk as Southwest US dries out

Mar. 29, 2023 20:05 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Snowcapped mountains in the Southwestern U.S. signal a possible delayed start to the wildfire season for some higher elevations, but officials in New Mexico and Arizona warned Wednesday that dry, windy conditions in other areas are increasing wildfire risks and prompting...

Fernández, Biden hold talks amid Argentina's economic strain

Mar. 29, 2023 16:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Alberto Fernández of Argentina used a White House meeting Wednesday to spotlight the economic strain his country faces as he looks for President Joe Biden to back Argentina's effort to renegotiate with the International Monetary Fund on terms of $44 billion debt. ...

Some in dry Somalia break Ramadan fast with little but water

Mar. 29, 2023 06:22 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — This year’s holy month of Ramadan coincides with the longest drought on record in Somalia. As the sun sets and Muslims around the world gather to break their daily fasts with generous dinners, Hadiiq Abdulle Mohamed and her family have just water and whatever food...

Another powerful Pacific storm hits soggy, snowy California

Mar. 28, 2023 20:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A powerful weather system from the Gulf of Alaska pushed into Northern California on Tuesday, bringing more wind, rain and snow to a state battered by months of storms. Forecasters warned of heavy snow in coastal mountains and the Sierra Nevada, where...

California farmers flood fields to boost groundwater basin

Mar. 28, 2023 05:21 AM EDT

A field that has long grown tomatoes, peppers and onions now looks like a wind-whipped ocean as farmer Don Cameron seeks to capture the runoff from a freakishly wet year in California to replenish the groundwater basin that is his only source to water his crops. Taking some tomatoes...

Pray for rain: Spanish farmers hold unique Mass amid drought

Mar. 26, 2023 15:49 PM EDT

L'ESPUNYOLA, Spain (AP) — When Josep Altarriba looks across his parched fields, the Spanish farmer can't remember a time of such widespread drought in Catalonia. If it doesn't rain in the next two weeks, he says there's little chance of saving the harvest. What can be done? For the...

California eases water restrictions, but drought isn't over

Mar. 24, 2023 19:23 PM EDT

DUNNIGAN, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom ended some of the state's water restrictions on Friday because a winter of relentless rain and snow has replenished the state's reservoirs and eased fears of a shortage after three years of severe drought. Newsom was careful not...

California governor ends some drought restrictions on lawn watering, call for 15% conservation after rainy, snowy winter

Mar. 24, 2023 13:17 PM EDT
DUNNIGAN, Calif. (AP) — California governor ends some drought restrictions on lawn watering, call for 15% conservation after rainy, snowy winter.

Scientists say mine plan claiming no swamp harm has errors

Mar. 23, 2023 15:41 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Scientists for the federal government say documents that Georgia state regulators relied upon to conclude a proposed mine won't harm the nearby Okefenokee Swamp and its vast wildlife refuge contain technical errors and “critical shortcomings” that render them unreliable....