A ‘fourth dry year’ likely in California, officials say

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain California’s reservoirs will enter fall in a slightly better position than last year, but the Golden State should prepare for more dryness, extreme weather events and water quality hazards in 2023, officials say. The latest climate forecasting update from the Department of Water Resources came Wednesday, just days before the end … Read more

Not even soaking rain can ease fire risk in a California hit by record heat, dry landscape

by Hayley Smith and Alexandra E. Petri Credit: CC0 Public Domain A summer of drought, extreme heat and deadly wildfires will end with much-needed rain this week in parts of California, but it is unlikely to douse the threat of wind-driven fires this fall in a state scarred by record-setting heat waves and bone-dry landscapes. … Read more

African migratory birds threaten by hot, dry weather

Flamingoes feed in the popular Berg River estuary in Veldrif, South Africa, Monday Sept. 14, 2020. The alteration of weather patterns like the ongoing drought in east and central Africa chiefly driven by climate change is severely undermining natural water systems devastating livelihoods and now threatening the survival of most of the world’s famed migratory … Read more

Taps have run dry in a major Mexico city for months. A similar water crisis looms in the US, experts say

Credit: CC0 Public Domain About 300 miles southwest of San Antonio, water taps have run dry in a major Mexico city. Thousands of residents wake up at dawn to check their taps and fill up containers. Others line up with large jugs, bottles and buckets at cisterns around the city, where fights have broken out … Read more

Automation builds bigger, better ice tower reservoirs for high, dry farming

This artificial ice reservoir, or ice stupa, built by local farmers in Ladakh, India in 2019, is 30 meters (100 feet) tall and survived into early fall, releasing more than 8 million liters (2 million gallons) of meltwater. Credit: Suryanarayanan Balasubramanian Towering artificial ice reservoirs called “ice stupas” have emerged since 2014 as an accessible … Read more

From dry to deluge, how heavy snow, rain flooded Yellowstone

Rapids along the road between Yellowstone and Teton National Parks. Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Just three months ago, the Yellowstone region like most of the West was dragging through an extended drought with little snow in the mountains and wildfire scars in Red Lodge from a year ago when the area was hit by 105-degree … Read more

Why did Mars dry out? New study points to unusual answers

Billions of years ago, a river flowed across this scene in a Mars valley called Mawrth Vallis. A new study examines the tracks of Martian rivers to see what they can reveal about the history of the planet’s water and atmosphere. Credit: NASA/JPL Caltech/University of Arizona Mars once ran red with rivers. The telltale tracks … Read more

Surge of desert surf parks stirs questions in dry California

This artist rendering provided by REM Public Relations shows a rendering of a proposed Coral Mountain Resort with a large human-made surf lagoon that is proposed for the region around Palm Springs, Calif. Hours from the California coast, surfers are hoping one of the next spots where they can catch a wave is in the … Read more