Heavy rains make strides in parched Calif.
The second consecutive week of heavy rains in California did not solve the state's entrenched drought, but it did made a major dent in the hardest-hit parts of the state, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report released this morning.
Researchers say Calif.'s droughts are caused by absence of very large storms
SAN FRANCISCO -- Researchers believe they've found a link between California's recurrent droughts and the absence of very large storms, according to a study presented here at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
Massive High Plains Aquifer in steep decline -- USGS
The High Plains Aquifer that underlies parts of eight states from North Dakota to Texas has significantly declined in the past six decades, particularly since 2011, according to a new report that warns the aquifer could shrivel in the face of sustained drought.