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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.

Drought Comparison: 2012 vs. 2013

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Drought Comparison: 2012 vs. 2013

Sixty two percent of the country was in some level of drought last August, but that number has been reduced to 45 percent this August.

Extreme Precipitation Events are on the Rise

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Extreme Precipitation Events are on the Rise

Heavy downpours have increased in every region of the contiguous states since 1950.

Changing Rainfall Patterns in the U.S.

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Changing Rainfall Patterns in the U.S.

Since 1900, the average annual precipitation is up 5 percent for the continental U.S.

Rising Seas

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Rising Seas

Global sea level rise since 1880.

Slim Odds of Ending the Drought this Year

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Slim Odds of Ending the Drought this Year

For most areas of the U.S., the worst drought in more than 50 years is likely to persist well into the winter.

Global Warming Coastal Flood Risk

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Global Warming Coastal Flood Risk

The odds of extreme coastal floods nationally by 2030.