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El Niño Has Helped Fill California’s Biggest Reservoir

El Niño Has Helped Fill California’s Biggest Reservoir

Californians, say hello to an old friend. After four years of drought, the state’s largest reservoir is again a reservoir instead of a mudpit. Lake Shasta, located in the northern half of the state, was down to just 29 percent of normal storage capacity as recently as December. But one of the strongest El Niño’s on record has helped steer rain to … Read More

Meltdown: More Rain, Less Snow as the World Warms

Meltdown: More Rain, Less Snow as the World Warms

As the world warms, the meaning of winter is changing. In the U.S., a greater percentage of winter precipitation is falling as rain, with potentially severe consequences in western states where industries and cities depend on snowpack for water, and across the country wherever there is a winter sports economy. A Climate Central analysis of 65 … Read More

Climate Change Worsening Colorado River Droughts

Climate Change Worsening Colorado River Droughts

Even as the number of Americans relying on the Colorado River for household water swells to about 40 million, global warming appears to be taking a chunk out of the flows that feed their reservoirs. Winter storms over the Rocky Mountains provide much of the water that courses down the heavily-tapped waterway, which spills through deep gorges of … Read More

Shift to Dry Years May Bring More Drought to California

Shift to Dry Years May Bring More Drought to California

For three years, an area of atmospheric high pressure dubbed the “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” parked itself off the West Coast, keeping California hot and dry for month after month and helping to usher in one of the worst droughts in the state’s history. Patterns similar to the ridge are happening more often now than they used to, a new study… Read More

California Snowpack Returns, But Fears Held For Future

California Snowpack Returns, But Fears Held For Future

Climate change is projected to corrode California’s snowpack, forcing water officials to rethink how they store and distribute water in a state that’s prone to prolonged droughts. Efforts have begun to improve the management of water stored in the state’s underground aquifers, which could help compensate for its loss of snowpack storage. Despite … Read More

How a Monster El Niño Transforms the World’s Weather

How a Monster El Niño Transforms the World’s Weather

From crippling drought in southern Africa to a record number of February tornadoes in the U.S. Southeast, an exceptionally strong El Niño has been making headlines around the globe as it tampers with the world’s weather. While the event has begun its slow decline, those wide-ranging impacts will continue to be felt for weeks and months to come … Read More

As U.S. Coastal Cities Swell, Rising Seas Threaten Millions

As U.S. Coastal Cities Swell, Rising Seas Threaten Millions

That combination of rising populations and rising seas could see millions of Americans living in homes that flood regularly during the decades ahead, according to a nationwide analysis published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. That’s unless steps are taken to protect homes, relocate populations or redirect development into regions with… Read More

Winter Tops Charts As Warmest on Record For U.S.

Winter Tops Charts As Warmest on Record For U.S.

On the heels of a record warm autumn for the contiguous U.S., winter has also topped the temperature charts. The news, announced Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), may come as no surprise for those who experienced summer-like heat waves in Southern California or the often spring-like weather in the Northeast. It… Read More

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