Category: Drought

Water WAR: Northern Arizona may see drinking water cutoff as Lake Powell continues to dry up

Arizona’s top water official says he never thought this day would come so soon. Federal officials are warning that the West’s escalating water crisis could put some Arizona communities’ “health and safety” at risk, by cutting off their supply of drinking water. “This is really getting to (be) a health and safety issue… the health and […] Read More

Water WARS: California’s water supplies are in big trouble; Powerful atmospheric river set to drench drought-stricken this weekend; China megacities on brink of water shortage

More than 80% of California is in one of the two most severe categories of drought, as shown by the darker colors on the above map. No region has escaped the drought. California is preparing for a third straight year of drought, and officials are tightening limits on water use to levels never seen so […] Read More

Extreme Drought as Iconic Great Salt Lake in Utah is completely drying out leaving livelihoods of millions of people and animals in suspense

The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper on Monday began using a new map of Utah that features a fresh depiction of the Great Salt Lake in response to the drastic shrinking the iconic body of water has undergone over the last 30 years. The change to the map came with the assistance of graphics artists at […] Read More

45 million people suffer hunger worldwide

The number of people on the edge of famine has almost doubled since the start of the pandemic, the UN World Food Programme said. The United Nations World Food Programme(WFP) has warned that three million more are now “teetering on the edge of famine” in 43 countries worldwide. By underlining the acute hunger spiking around […] Read More

California farm town lurches from no water to polluted water

TEVISTON, Calif., Nov 2 (The Remnants) – The San Joaquin Valley farm town of Teviston has two wells. One went dry and the other is contaminated. The one functioning well failed just at the start of summer, depriving the hot and dusty hamlet of running water for weeks. With temperatures routinely soaring above 90 degrees […] Read More

Mega Drought in California despite last week bomb cyclone and atmospheric river – Largest reservoirs very low

It’s going to take a lot more than one storm to erase the long-term drought across California, but the former bomb cyclone that marched into the West Coast sure did help. While another storm of that magnitude is not expected to slam into the West Coast this upcoming week, there will be multiple rounds of wet weather […] Read More

Apocalyptic mega-drought is hammering the US; In North Dakota, it’s worse than the Dust Bowl

Joey and Scott Bailey are sitting in their kitchen trying to figure out how they’ll get through these next few months. “Just your grass hay that we would spend $30 a bale on, people are spending $150 a bale, and they’re driving 250 miles to get it,” Scott says. The Baileys own a ranch on […] Read More

Water crisis is so bad in Mexico City that it is one of 11 cities predicted to reach Day Zero – the day the water runs dry

Mexico City’s water is quite literally disappearing. I have no doubt that in 2022 there will be a crisis, the reservoirs are completely depleted. What is happening in Mexico City? The ancient Aztecs originally engineered the origins of Mexico City on top of Lake Texcoco and left the surrounding natural freshwater lakes intact for use. […] Read More

The Colorado River irrigates farms, powers electric grids, provides drinking water to 40 million people… And IS DRYING UP!

For farmers in the deserts of central Arizona, success and failure is defined by who has water and who does not. At the moment, Dan Thelander is still among the haves. Inside a municipal building in Pinal County, Thelander rolls a map out across the board room table. On the patchwork of brown desert and […] Read More

Drought forces North American ranchers to sell off their future

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/CHICAGO, Sept 3 (Reuters) – When Canadian rancher Dianne Riding strides across her brown pasture, sidestepping cracks and popping grasshoppers, she has less company than usual. Record-setting heat and sparse rain left Riding with too little grass or hay to feed her cattle near Lake Francis, Manitoba. She sold 51 head at auction in […] Read More

US declares first-ever Colorado River water shortage – Arizona and Nevada affected

For the first time ever, the US federal government has declared a water shortage on the Colorado River. That’s because Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, is lower than it’s ever been. It provides water to 25 million people across Arizona, Nevada, California, and Mexico, but as of Monday it’s at just 1,067 feet above […] Read More

Starving Cows as Massive Drought hits Arizona

The cotton’s gone. The alfalfa barely exists. “Can you even call this a farm?” asked Nancy Caywood, standing on a rural stretch of land her Texas grandfather settled nearly a century ago, drawn by cheap prices and feats of engineering that brought water from afar to irrigate central Arizona’s arid soil. On the family’s 247 […] Read More

Devastating Drought destroy US Farmlands

In comparison to last week, a robust Southwestern monsoon circulation delivered drought-easing rainfall, sparking localized flash flooding across large sections of the Four Corners States, as well as the southern Great Basin. However, critically dry conditions persisted across northern California and the Northwest, where, in the driest areas, wildfires dotted the landscape, with containment of […] Read More

Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya face devastating drought as the next rainy season in East Africa is forecast to fail, jeopardizing food security for millions of people

Every five or so years, it rips me apart to watch the same tragedy: a La Niña weather cycle brings devastating drought and hunger to East Africa, threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Using climate models and Earth observations, we can now predict these droughts. And once […] Read More