U.S. Drought Monitor

September 18, 2015--U.S. has reached 52 percent drought (Water Online)

It’s official: Most of the U.S. is facing drought conditions. “The U.S.

July 22, 2015--El Niño ends La Plata's dry run (Mancos Times)

Above-average spring and summer rains have helped break a 3½-year drought in La Plata County. Higher-than-average precipitation in the region could continue into the winter if El Niño patterns persist, said Jim Pringle, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. "It looks highly likely La Plata County should stay out of any drought cla

May 15, 2015--Southwest reservoirs play catch-up (Durango Herald)

Colorado is slogging through a wetter-than-normal spring, with heavy rain restoring much-needed moisture to parched rangeland and sending some rivers over the banks. But the precipitation isn’t helping dry downstream states in the Southwest that rely on the Colorado River, which originates in western Colorado. The U.S.

April 18, 2015--Booming cities, taxed rivers, and tumbleweeds frame Colorado's water plans (Colorado Public Radio)

On a recent Friday, farmer Dale Mauch climbed down into a dry ditch of the Fort Lyon Canal, which feeds Arkansas River water to his farm. He explained that two days ago, this ditch in Prowers County was clear of weeds. Then a cold front moved in. “In 10 minutes, it can do this,” he said, standing near tumbleweeds that come up to his chest.

July 23, 2014--How droughts are like recessions (Washington Post)

Everybody knows what drought is, right? It’s when lawns start to brown, creeks dry up, and you get a water conservation notice from the local utility. For the Colorado farmers in Lydia DePillis’s story, drought is a threat to their livelihoods — and getting their counties recognized as drought disaster zones means access to emergency loans and grants.

May 25, 2014--Droughts affect 30% of the country; What it means for our food supply (Medical Daily)

The entire state of California is in a severe drought, and six other states are also at risk. As of now, more than 30 percent of the United States is experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent history.

May 24, 2014--Seven states running out of water (Thinkstock)

The United States is currently engulfed in one of the worst droughts in recent memory. More than 30% of the country experienced at least moderate drought as of last week’s data. In seven states drought conditions were so severe that each had more than half of its land area in severe drought.

May 23, 2014--Dust bowl days: Will we cut carbon pollution fast enough to prevent permanent droughts? (Climate Progress)

Large parts of the Southwest are drier than they were during the 1930s Dust Bowl. And the latest science says unrestricted carbon pollution will make this a near-permanent situation post-2050 in a growing portion of this country and around the world — for a thousand years or more! Earlier this month, the U.S.

May 15, 2014--All of Calif. in severe drought for 1st time this century (USA Today)

Today, for the first time this century, the entire state of California is in a severe (or worse) drought. This is according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a federal website that tracks drought across the country. It first began in 2000.

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