California, Arizona, Nevada, and parts of Mexico may be left without one of their most important sources of drinking water as Lake Meade hits lowest water level in 90 years. NBC News meteorologist Bill Karins analyzes the ongoing drought and what its effects could be.
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(Bloomberg) -- Sarah Brunner opened the irrigation spigots on her farm in March, three months early. The rain should have still been falling in California. Now that summer is taking hold, she and her husband are considering shifting their meager water supplies into pastures so their animals will have enough to eat.Brunner’s worries don’t stop at the barnyard. The family’s fields of shallots, garlic and goats are surrounded by thick Northern California forests, dried out and primed to burn. An ea
- Miami Herald
The National Hurricane Center is now tracking two disturbances in the Atlantic, including a strong tropical wave that’s about to roll off the coast of Africa in the next few days.
A "historic" and potentially deadly heat wave is on tap for the Pacific Northwest into southwestern Canada this weekend into early next week, with never-before-seen temperatures possible in cities like Portland, Ore., and Spokane, Wash. Why it matters: The heat wave will affect a region where many people lack central air conditioning, raising the likelihood for public health impacts. In addition, power demand is likely to spike at a time when hydropower resources are running relatively low due t
A heat wave is bringing unprecedented high temperatures to the Pacific Northwest — a region of the country typically cooled by the ocean, rather than central air conditioning. The heat will begin Friday and last into early next week. Why it matters: The heat wave will shatter monthly and all-time temperature records in the Pacific Northwest. Some of the records could break the old milestones by several degrees. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Sub
Far out in Yemen's remote eastern desert landscape, a gaping hole in the ground believed to be "million and millions" years old fascinates and mystifies locals. Those who live near the hole, named the Well of Barhout, believe anything that comes close to the "Hell Pit" will be sucked in without escape. The hole looms large in the public's imagination. According to Yemeni legend, "extinct tongues fizz on cold nights" there, a reference to what might be lurking inside the hole. Shrouded in mystery
- The Guardian
Officials prepare to elevate streets despite financial shortfalls, amid recognition that not every home can be saved The neighborhood of Stillwright Point in Key Largo, Florida. Photograph: Saul Martinez/The Guardian Long famed for its spectacular fishing, sprawling coral reefs and literary residents such as Ernest Hemingway, the Florida Keys is now acknowledging a previously unthinkable reality: it faces being overwhelmed by the rising seas and not every home can be saved. Following a grueling
- The Daily Beast
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photo by Chesnot/GettyOn Friday, a showdown between two of the largest agricultural landowners in the United States—the Church of Latter-Day Saints and Bill Gates’ wealth management firm—came to a head when the Mormons beat out the mogul on a bid for 12,000 acres of Eastern Washington farmland that was once at the center of a $244 million “ghost cattle” fraud locals have dubbed “Cattlegate.”The land in question lies on the mighty Columbia River, the fourth-l
(Bloomberg) -- Christine Gemperle is about to do what almond farmers fear the most: rip out her trees early.Water is so scarce on her orchard in California’s Central Valley that she’s been forced to let a third of her acreage go dry. In the irrigated areas, the lush, supple trees are dewy in the early morning, providing some relief from the extreme heat. Walking over to the dry side, you can actually feel the temperature start to go up as you’re surrounded by the brittle, lifeless branches that
- USA TODAY
Following a heat wave in Arizona, images posted on social media falsely claimed to show traffic signals and other objects that had melted.
Location, location, location. Americans have heard that expression about real estate for years. But as we've learned over the past year, the phrase also applies to public health, particularly amid the...
Just a few days after Tropical Storm Dolores made landfall on Mexico's Pacific coast, a new tropical threat is building just to the southeast of where Dolores was first detected. The 2021 East Pacific hurricane season has been close to normal so far in terms of activity level since it began on May 15. AccuWeather forecasters are predicting what could become the fifth tropical system of the season will take shape just offshore of Mexico by the weekend. Meteorologists anticipate the system to form
- The Guardian
California’s diminishing water supply is cutting down hydropower, causing the state to rely more on fossil fuels Lake Oroville, California’s second largest reservoir, in Oroville, on 19 June 2021. Photograph: Terry Schmitt/UPI/Rex/Shutterstock Earlier this month, the water level in Lake Oroville – California’s second-largest reservoir – was so low that dozens of houseboats were hauled out. There wasn’t enough water to hold them. In a few weeks, officials say, the lake’s water levels are likely t
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Extreme heat has killed more than 11,000 people across the US since 1979, and heat waves are only getting worse.View Entire Post ›
- The Conversation
Yellowstone is losing its snow as the climate warms, and that means widespread problems for water and wildlife
Snow melts near the Continental Divide in the Bridger Wilderness Area in Wyoming, part of the Greater Yellowstone Area. Bryan Shuman/University of Wyoming, CC BY-NDWhen you picture Yellowstone National Park and its neighbor, Grand Teton, the snowcapped peaks and Old Faithful Geyser almost certainly come to mind. Climate change threatens all of these iconic scenes, and its impact reaches far beyond the parks’ borders. A new assessment of climate change in the two national parks and surrounding fo
Australia's mouse plague continues as a horde of mice infest a rural prison, forcing inmates and staff to evacuate
Swarms of mice have infiltrated a rural prison in the state of New South Wales, as Australia fights one of its worst mice plagues in recent history.
A historic heat wave scorched Moscow, Russia, with temperatures reaching a 120-year-old record at 94.5 degrees Fahrenheit on June 21. City residents try to stay cool in the sizzling heat.
- FTW Outdoors
A Florida diver set two records recently by spearing and removing a large lionfish from the Gulf of Mexico.
- The Telegraph
Farmers forced to install toilets and conduct social media campaigns to teach people how to use the countryside have cautioned against government plans to open up more public access on farmland. Payments will be available for farmers in national parks and areas of natural beauty to open up or improve public footpaths under new plans announced by the Government this week. But Sue Pritchard, the chief executive of the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, said there first needed to be a “natio
Land around the Florida condo that collapsed was showing signs of sinking, according to a 2020 study
Florida International University professor Shimon Wdowinski said the land subsidence in the 90s alone is not likely to be the cause of the accident.
- Idaho Statesman
The storm hit days before a major heat wave.