Articles tagged "us drought"

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Farmers in California abandoning their fields, U.S.

Farmers in California's San Joaquin Valley are abandoning their fields due to drought that resulted in water allotments cut by a third. Farmers in this region, reportedly the most productive agricultural region globally, grow 250 different crops on 17% of the...

October 16, 2021

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Lake Mead hits record low, triggering its first-ever shortage declaration, U.S.

Water levels at Lake Mead have fallen to record lows this summer, prompting officials to declare the reservoir's first-ever water shortage on August 16, 2021. Lake Mead is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River formed in the 1930s from damming the river at...

August 18, 2021

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Oroville Reservoir at record low level, California shuts down their second-largest hydroelectric plant

The Oroville Reservoir reached a record low level of 195.66 m (641.93 feet) above mean sea level on August 5, 2021, forcing authorities in California to shut down their second-largest hydroelectric plant. This is now the lowest level since the nation's tallest...

August 06, 2021

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Ahead of historic heatwave - 90 percent of U.S. West is in drought for the first time in Drought Monitor's history

More than 90% of the U.S. West is in drought for the first time in the history of Drought Monitor. The news comes as the region is prepping for an exceptionally dangerous and historic heat wave this weekend. The temperatures are expected to reach unprecedented...

June 25, 2021

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California - Oregon border faces 'catastrophic' water crisis, irrigation water to farmers shut off

The water crisis along the California - Oregon border has reached catastrophic levels, on course to becoming the worst in generations amid historic drought in the area. Federal regulators have shut off irrigation water to farmers, severely impacting the agricultural...

May 18, 2021

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Bay Area under extreme drought and wildfire risk as California dry spell worsens, U.S.

The latest version of the federal United States Drought Monitor map has put much of California's San Francisco Bay area under the extreme drought, as of Thursday, May 6, 2021. The dry conditions also placed almost 3.7 million ha (9.3 million acres) of land under...

May 10, 2021

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NOAA: 12-month precipitation record hits all-time high for the third month in a row, U.S.

Heavy rainfall during the month of June added to another record-breaking 12 months of precipitation for the contiguous U.S - the third consecutive time in 2019 (April, May and June) the past 12-month precipitation record has hit an all-time high. The June...

July 09, 2019

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Lake Powell drying out

Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Colorado river, situated on the border between Utah and Arizona is drying out. It is currently at 45 percent of its normal capacity and at a risk of falling below 1075 feet (327.6 m) above sea level by September 2015. If this happens, it

June 24, 2015

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15 percent of United States gripped by extreme to exceptional drought

As of May 6, 2014, nearly 15 percent of United States was gripped by extreme to exceptional drought, according to U.S. Drought Monitor. Half of the United States was experiencing at least some level of drought. The summer season is just beginning but

May 14, 2014

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Exceptional drought across the United States

More of the United States was in exceptional drought in July 2011 than in any other month in the past 12 years, according to the National Climatic Data Center. The worst of the drought is spread across Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and parts of Arizona, Colorado,

August 11, 2011

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Texas suffers from "exceptional" drought

A report released Thursday from a consortium of national climate experts said Texas saw the highest levels of drought over the last week — rated as "exceptional" — jump from 43.97 percent of the state to 50.65 percent of the state. Devastating drou

June 03, 2011

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US farmers threaten by worst drought since 1930's

Rainfall over the next six weeks or so will be extremely critical. A drier-than-normal forecast through May does not bode well. Any hits to U.S. agriculture amid rising food and gas prices will only add to the strain on the wallets of families and individuals across

April 15, 2011