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Drought

No federal water for California farms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal agency said Friday it will not release any water for Central Valley farms this year, forcing farmers to continue to scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.It will be the second year of no federal water for farmers in the...

Date: 02/28/2015 | Business Wire


California considers new drought rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Officials are considering new water restrictions as California's drought drags on, possibly forcing residents to ask for water at restaurants and for fresh towels and sheets at hotels.The State Water Resources Control Board floated the ideas at an...

Date: 02/19/2015 | Nation & World


Bigger, longer droughts expected in West

WASHINGTON — The long and severe drought in the U.S. Southwest pales in comparison with what's coming: a "megadrought" that will grip that region and the central plains later this century and probably stay there for decades, a new study says.Thirty-five...

Date: 02/13/2015 | Nation & World


California cleans up as storm moves on

CAMARILLO, Calif. — Californians cleaned up Saturday from a major storm that soaked the drought-stricken state before moving east to drop rain on the Southwest.

Date: 12/14/2014 | Nation & World


California cleans up as storm hits Southwest

CAMARILLO, Calif. — Californians are cleaning up Saturday from a major storm that soaked the drought-stricken state before moving east to drop rain on Arizona.

Date: 12/13/2014 | Nation & World


California storms won't end drought

LOS ANGELES — Heavy downpours took a parting shot Thursday at California, triggering flash floods that temporarily stranded more than three dozen people in their cars in inland Riverside County.Torrents also flooded freeways in Sacramento during the Wednesday evening...

Date: 12/05/2014 | Nation & World


Storms raise hope in California drought

SAN FRANCISCO — Hours of steady rain Saturday from northern California’s third winter storm in a week raised hopes that the state was moving out of its driest three years in history - while still deeply locked in drought.

Date: 11/23/2014 | Nation & World


City plans toilet-to-tap water system

SAN DIEGO — Acknowledging California's parched new reality, the city of San Diego has embraced a once-toxic idea: turning sewer water into drinking water.

Date: 11/20/2014 | Nation & World


High beef prices hit fast-food chains

NEW YORK — Rising beef prices might not mean the cost of a Whopper is going to skyrocket, but it could mean you’ll be encouraged to order a chicken sandwich instead.

Date: 11/07/2014 | Business Wire


U.S. expected to have record harvests

DES MOINES, Iowa — A mild summer across much of the nation's heartland has provided optimum growing conditions for the nation's corn and soybean crops. Pair that with high-yield seeds and other new farming technologies, and the U.S. is looking at busting records come harvest...

Date: 08/09/2014 | Business


Last year among hottest on record

BOSTON — Last year was one of the world’s 10 hottest in records going back to the 19th century as concentrations of climate-changing greenhouses gases rose, a study showed.

Date: 07/18/2014 | Nation & World


'Drought bears' invade Lake Tahoe area

RENO, Nev. — Long accustomed to dealing with bad news "garbage" bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada, wildlife officials say they're increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they've started...

Date: 07/12/2014 | Nation & World


Grillers will find hefty beef prices

CHICAGO — Cattle futures extended a rally to a record as Americans are gearing up to pay the most ever for beef served at barbecues over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.Prices for wholesale beef jumped 23 percent this year, reaching an all-time high of $2.4813 a...

Date: 07/04/2014 | Business


California drought to boost fruit, veggie prices

Fresh fruits and vegetable prices will go up an estimated 6 percent in the coming months, the federal government said Wednesday, as California’s ongoing drought continues to hit price tags in grocery stores across the country.

Date: 06/26/2014 | Business


Nation's NE and SW corners are warmest

WASHINGTON — The United States is warming fastest at two of its corners, in the Northeast and the Southwest, an analysis of federal temperature records shows.Northeastern states — led by Maine and Vermont — have gotten the hottest in the last 30 years in...

Date: 06/05/2014 | Nation & World


Winds whip Arizona wildfire

OAK CREEK CANYON, Ariz. — A wind-whipped wildfire in a canyon near Flagstaff dramatically increased in size Wednesday as it sent up choking plumes of smoke, threatened homes and scuttled Memorial Day weekend plans in the popular hiking and camping area.

Date: 05/22/2014 | Nation & World


Suspect charged in California wildfire

SAN DIEGO — A 57-year-old man was charged with arson Friday in one of at least 10 wildfires that erupted in Southern California this week, and investigators were working to determine whether other blazes in the unusually early and intense outbreak were ignited by something as...

Date: 05/17/2014 | Nation & World


As wildfires loom, air tanker fleet is thin

LOS ANGELES — With a vast swath of the West primed for wildfires, federal foresters are preparing for the worst with a budget that might run dry and a fleet of air tankers that in some cases aren't ready for takeoff.A combination of extended drought, warming weather...

Date: 05/04/2014 | Nation & World


Chance of El Nino is increasing

LOS ANGELES — A weather-altering El Nino is increasingly likely to develop in the Pacific Ocean later this year, according to a U.S. government forecast issued Thursday.

Date: 04/11/2014 | Nation & World


Spring forecast: Cool in North, still dry in West

The first day of spring? Some people in Maine were shoveling 6 inches of new snow. And in Michigan, college students couldn’t even burn a snowman.OK, so it was a fake snowman. But it was real snow that got in the way.For many Americans, it feels like winter is hanging on like a bad cold.

Date: 03/21/2014 | Nation & World


Here comes El Nino; good news for U.S. weather woes

WASHINGTON — Relief may be on the way for a weather-weary United States with the predicted warming of the central Pacific Ocean brewing this year that will likely change weather worldwide. But it won't be for the better everywhere.The...

Date: 03/06/2014 | Nation & World


Evacuation orders lifted after Calif. storm

LOS ANGELES — Residents in three California foothill communities headed home Sunday after a powerful storm that threatened to unleash mud on neighborhoods beneath unstable hills scarred by recent wildfires.With the storm reduced to sprinkles,...

Date: 03/02/2014 | Nation & World




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