Latest Droughts News

Dry California may get some rain next week

Dec. 03, 2021 12:09 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Parts of drought-stricken California may get some rain next week, forecasters said Friday. A weak weather system passing through Monday and early Tuesday will bring chances of rain to the northern end of the Central Valley and over the...

Dry weather has SC firefighters worried about outdoor fires

Dec. 03, 2021 11:58 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Firefighters are urging people in South Carolina to be extra careful if they burn yard debris or set other fires over the weekend. The state Forestry Commission did not issue any red flag alerts as of Friday because winds aren't expected to be high...

Wildfire destroys 24 houses in central Montana town

Dec. 02, 2021 18:59 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A late-season wildfire that came amid unseasonably warm weather and was pushed by strong winds ripped through a tiny central Montana farming town overnight, burning 24 homes and four grain elevators that had stood for more than a century. Fire crews...

Christmas tree buyers face reduced supplies, higher prices

Dec. 02, 2021 13:12 PM EST

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Even Christmas trees aren’t immune to the pandemic-induced shortages and inflation plaguing the economy. Extreme weather and supply chain disruptions have reduced supplies of both real and artificial trees this season. American shoppers should...

Aid official: Afghanistan's crises get 'progressively worse'

Dec. 02, 2021 12:10 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is being hit by multiple crises that are “progressively getting worse,” with drought, economic collapse and displacement all pushing the population into catastrophic hunger, a senior international aid official said Thursday. The...

California water districts to get 0% of requested supplies

Dec. 01, 2021 18:49 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Water agencies in drought-stricken California that serve 27 million residents and 750,000 acres of farmland won’t get any of the water they've requested from the state heading into 2022 other than what's needed for critical health and safety, state officials...

Study: Climate change not causing Madagascar drought, famine

Dec. 01, 2021 18:21 PM EST

Don’t blame climate change for the devastating Madagascar drought and famine, scientists said in a new analysis Wednesday. World Weather Attribution, which does real time studies of extreme weather throughout the world, examined the drought, which...

Corn meal, whiskey help save Ute Mountain Ute Farm and Ranch

Nov. 27, 2021 10:18 AM EST

TOWAOC, Colo. (AP) — Drought in much of the West, 22 years running, has struck Colorado’s Four Corners tribal lands with bitter force. This year, the Ute Mountain Ute’s celebrated 7,700 acre farm and ranch operation had to lay off half its workers as thousands of acres lay fallow. ...

San Francisco officials call for 10% reduction of water use

Nov. 24, 2021 12:42 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials have declared a water shortage emergency and are asking customers in four counties to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10% due to California’s lengthening drought. The request made Tuesday took effect immediately and...

Utah farmers try to adapt to drought in a changing climate

Nov. 20, 2021 08:05 AM EST

BEAVER COUNTY, Utah (AP) — Climate change is making droughts more frequent and intense. This summer, the southwestern U.S. had the worst drought on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That has limited Utah farmers’ ability to grow...