U.S. drought level drops to 2-year low
The level of drought in the continental United States has reached a nearly two-year low, according to last week's U.S. Drought Monitor. Recent rains in the Southwest and the South led to improvements in Arizona, Utah and Colorado and from Texas to Tennessee, resulting in a 1.88-percentage-point drop in the overall drought level.
Knowledge of droughts is improving, but there's still much to learn -- scientists
Ever since the 1930s, the specter of long-term drought has hung over much of the Great Plains and western United States. Historical climate records show that in centuries past, drought in this part of the world has lasted for many years at a time. With this knowledge, U.S. drought researchers are still working to find ways to better predict the onset of big droughts, when such droughts may end and how humans can better adapt to them.
Climatologists warn of dry winter for U.S. Southwest and Calif.
The Southwest's prayers for snow may not be answered this winter. It is doubtful that the parched region will get the moisture it needs before next spring, federal climatologists said yesterday, quashing hopes that the record-breaking deluge in Colorado and New Mexico this September signaled the beginning of the end of the Southwest's three-year drought
Texas rice industry vows to fight decision on third-year water cutoff
Texas rice farmers plan to fight a recent water curtailment decision that they say will further devastate the $374 million industry in their state.