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Spring Temperature Trends

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Spring Temperature Trends

Nationwide, spring has been getting warmer at a rate of 0.45°F per decade since 1970.

How Much Precipitation is Needed to End the Drought?

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How Much Precipitation is Needed to End the Drought?

A striking look at how much precipitation the Southwest would need over the next month to end the drought.

Winter Precipitation Trends

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Winter Precipitation Trends

While every region of the country has seen a rise in winter temperatures since 1970, precipitation trends paint a more varied picture.

Winter Temperature Trends

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Winter Temperature Trends

Since 1970, winters in the continental U.S. have warmed by 0.61°F per decade on average.

Can Rain Cause More Fire?

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Can Rain Cause More Fire?

Volatile precipitation patterns, with heavy rains followed by drought, can lead to ideal conditions for wildfires in some states.

Colorado River Basin Supply vs. Use

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Colorado River Basin Supply vs. Use

With drought, increasing water consumption, and climate change, the Colorado River Basin — lifeblood of the Southwest — appears headed for a day of reckoning.

Southwest Drought Predictions

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Southwest Drought Predictions

Glen MacDonald, of UCLA, talks about the threat of drought in the Southwest and what it means for water supply.

Drought and Climate in the American West

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Drought and Climate in the American West

Lake Mead is at a record low level, a stark symbol of increased water demand and a stubborn drought in the West. Will conditions persist and the reservoir sink farther? Scientist David McGee reveals how he looks for the answers by studying past dry spells.