Latest Droughts News

Mexico sees jungle lakes evaporate amid lower rainfall

Aug. 23, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Some of the mystical blue-green lakes of the Lacandon jungle in southern Mexico are drying up this year, the result of what experts say is an extended drought and rising temperatures in the region. The Metzabok lake, which normally covers 220 acres (89 hectares), dried up completely this...

California sails toward biggest salmon harvest in years

Aug. 22, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Trolling off the California coast, Sarah Bates leans over the side of her boat and pulls out a long, silvery fish prized by anglers and seafood lovers: wild king salmon. Reeling in a fish "feels good every time," but this year has been surprisingly good, said Bates, a commercial...

Alaska's Kenai Peninsula experiencing drought conditions

Aug. 22, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's Kenai Peninsula has gone without rain for more than three weeks, although experts believe some precipitation could arrive this weekend, a report said. Kenai and the central peninsula have not received a measurable amount of rain since July, The Peninsula Clarion reported...

Arizona, Nevada cuts to Colorado River water negligible

Aug. 16, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Arizona and Nevada will face their first-ever cuts in Colorado River water next year, but the changes aren't expected to be overly burdensome for either state. The water is delivered through Lake Mead, one of the largest manmade reservoirs in the country that straddles the...

Climate change still threatens key US river after wet winter

Aug. 15, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Snow piled up in the mountains across the U.S. West last winter, leaving enough to thrill skiers into the summer, swelling rivers and streams when it melted, and largely making wildfire restrictions unnecessary. But the wet weather can be misleading. Climate change means the region...

Farmers use tech to squeeze every drop from Colorado River

Aug. 13, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much water they would give the crops the next day. After a brief, snaking flight above the field, the drone landed and the...

Fire risks rise in previously too-wet-to-burn US Northwest

Aug. 5, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — Nestled in the foothills of Washington's Cascade Mountains, the bustling Seattle suburb of Issaquah seems an unlikely candidate for anxiety over wildfires. The region, famous for its rainfall, has long escaped major burns even as global warming has driven an increase in the size and...

New Mexico farmers thankful for extra moisture

Jul. 21, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

RAMAH, N.M. (AP) — Parts of western New Mexico are benefiting from the extra moisture received over the winter and spring as a result of a favorable weather pattern. The Gallup Independent reports Ramah Lake was almost filled to capacity, allowing local farmers to irrigate with water from the lake. This...

Snowmelt pushes Lake Tahoe water level close to legal limit

Jul. 19, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lake Tahoe is the fullest it's been in nearly two decades. Officials say the alpine lake on the California-Nevada line is approaching the legal limit after snowmelt from a stormy winter left enough water to potentially last through three summers of drought. For three weeks, Tahoe has been...

A year after dealing with drought, farmers battle wet fields

Jul. 13, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ABERBEEN, S.D. (AP) — While some have told Lannie Mielke that it's better to deal with too much water than not enough, he disagrees. Mielke lives south of Aberdeen between Brentford and Mellette. That farmland is near the James River. It's handling the water well enough. His livestock operation near Conde,...