drought

KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Geology Complicates Search for Groundwater in Williams

The view from the Sweetwater drilling platform, looking toward Interstate 40 and the City of Williams.
Credit Melissa Sevigny

The City of Williams west of Flagstaff is in the process of drilling a new well. Like many places in the Southwest, it’s facing drought and rising demand. But there’s another reason water supply is a challenge in Williams.  A fluke of geology has forced the city to take the lead in the hunt for groundwater on the Colorado Plateau.    

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:46 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Federal Water Managers To Release Water Level Projections At Lake Mead

Lake Mead from the Hoover Dam

Federal water managers are due to release a monthly projection of water levels at Lake Mead on Monday, and the rain in May might change what they say.

Last month, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reported that the Colorado River reservoir behind Hoover Dam could reach a low point in January 2017 that would force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada.

Officials heading water agencies in the two states and California took a wait-and-see approach, and pointed to fluctuations in regional precipitation since January.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:38 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Feds Project Lake Mead Below Drought Trigger Point In 2017

The thick white band ringing Lake Mead’s shoreline shows the drop in water levels.
Credit National Park Service, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Federal water managers are projecting Lake Mead will drop to levels in January 2017 that could force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada.

Arizona's water allocation could be cut 11.4 percent and Nevada's by about 4.3 percent.

A closely watched U.S. Bureau of Reclamation report released Monday predicts water levels will be just 2 feet above a trigger point next January on the Colorado River reservoir supplying much of the Southwest's drinking water.

The so-called interim guidelines chart a decline leading to a declaration of a shortage the following year.

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Earth Notes
7:33 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Measures of Drought

A scene of Southwestern drought
Credit University of Arizona Climate Assessment of the Southwest

Drought is a universally understood phenomenon — especially here in the arid Southwest. But what does drought really mean? To help define the term, and the concept, scientists use several commonly used drought indices. Each summarizes thousands of data points on rainfall and other information into a single handy number.

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Fronteras
4:27 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

A Drier Southwest Means More Bears Move To Town

The long drought and fire have killed off berries, acorns and other favorite foods in parts of the southwest. So bears have become resourceful.
Arizona Game and Fish

Across the Southwest more and more bears have shown up in people’s kitchens, garages and flower beds. Wildlife officials in Colorado say in that state alone they had to euthanize 133 “problem bears” last year. And in Arizona at least a dozen bears have been euthanized, and scores of sightings have many people rattled.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Southwest Likely to be Loser Thanks to Climate Change

Despite this year’s abundant monsoon season, researchers say climate change could be pushing the Southwest into a period of sustained drought. 

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Fronteras
4:34 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

As Heat Dries Land And Lake, Asthma Fears Rise In Imperial County

Effects of drought in Imperial County, Calif.
Adrian Florido

Imperial County, east of San Diego, has one of the worst childhood asthma problems in California.

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Fronteras
12:30 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

The Psychology Of Extreme Weather

The African Savanna at the Phoenix Zoo hosts a diverse array of noble and majestic wildlife. It's also hotter than a frying pan in the dead of summer.
Nick Blumberg

There are a lot of great things about living in Phoenix. Standing outside, the sky is a brilliant blue. Off in the distance, I can see beautiful mountains.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:38 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Despite Heavier Monsoons, Flagstaff's Water Supply is Still Low.

Monsoon Clouds in Arizona
RyanW124

Despite a wet monsoon season, Flagstaff is still in a drought.

The low water level has the city water department waiting for next spring.

Brad Hill, Director of Utilities for the City of Flagstaff reports that Upper Lake Mary is currently at 23% of its full capacity.

Hill says the 5-year-average at this time of year is 49%.

Lake Mary supplies about half of Flagstaff’s water supply, the other half coming from aquifers.

Hill says the lake isn’t filling because the forests soak up the water.  

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Fronteras
11:53 am
Tue August 14, 2012

A Drought So Severe, Even Cacti Can't Survive

Mike Corn is a lifelong rancher who's family has been in the Roswell, N.M. area for more than 100 years. The current drought is the worst he's ever seen.
Monica Ortiz Uribe

The historic nationwide drought has resulted in disaster declarations for more than half the counties in America. In the Southwest, parts of New Mexico and the Texas panhandle are in the worst shape.

Few feel the effects of the drought more strongly than cattle ranchers.

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