drought

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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Fronteras
2:29 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Forecast For Phoenix: Hotter And Hotter

John Larsala struggles to keep his family cool during the Phoenix summer. The shade trees in his front yard have died because he cannot afford to water them.
Peter O'Dowd

A place with one of the harshest climates in the Southwest –- Phoenix -- records more days over 100 degrees than any other major city in the country. But climate models predict metro Phoenix, with its population of four million, will get hotter.

Here in John Larsala’s driveway, the view is bleak.

“You see our tree is dead,” Larsala said. “All these trees are dying because I can’t put water on it.”

The grass is dead too. In fact, there is no grass anymore.

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