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As California’s wells dry up, residents rely on bottled water to survive

By Joshua Partlow Photo: Matt McClain, The Washington Post

Wes Harmon’s ringtone sounds like a steam whistle, and it goes off in the cab of his Ford Super Duty at such regularity and volume it practically shudders the rooster-in-a-hula-skirt affixed to his dash.

11/14/22
                                                               

Assessing the U.S. climate in October 2022

Photo: NOAA

The average temperature of the contiguous U.S. in October was 55.3°F, which is 1.2°F above average, ranking in the warmest third of the record.Generally temperatures were above average in New England and from parts of the central and northern Plains to the West Coast.

11/14/22
                                                               

October Was Bad News for the U.S. Drought

By Angely Mercado Photo: Reece Streufert, Paducah

Recent hot and dry conditions have only fueled the seemingly endless drought that’s pummeling the U.S. for months. October saw higher-than-average temperatures and lower-than-average precipitation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported this week.

11/10/22
                                                               

Along a withered Mississippi, a mixture of frustration, hope and awe

By Brady Dennis Photo: Tannen Maury, Shutterstock

Over several days this past week, Washington Post climate reporter Brady Dennis drove more than 400 miles in five states, from Memphis to Cairo, Ill., talking with people whose lives and livelihoods are inextricably linked to the Mississippi River and with people who had come to marvel at how drastically the ongoing drought has weakened it.

10/30/22
                                                               

What it looks like as drought strangles the mighty Mississippi

By Brady Dennis, Laris Karklis, Scott Dance and Tim Meko Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP

Sandra Nelson crouched at a spot of riverbed that would normally be deep underwater, gathering rocks and jars of soil as souvenirs. Nearby, a man with a metal detector roamed the barren ground for treasures at twilight. A father carried his daughter on his shoulders to witness a sight not seen for generations.

10/26/22
                                                               

High temperatures exacerbated by climate change made 2022 Northern Hemisphere droughts more likely

Photo: Markus Spiske, Unsplash

Western Central Europe, North America, China, and other parts of the Northern Hemisphere faced water shortages, extreme heat, and soil moisture drought conditions throughout the summer of 2022

10/05/22
                                                               

U.S. announces more water cuts as Colorado River hits dire lows

By Joshua Partlow and Others Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

As the historic drought in the U.S. Southwest pushes the nation’s largest reservoirs to record lows, the Biden administration Tuesday announced that water shortages along the Colorado River had passed a threshold for the first time that will require unprecedented water cuts in Arizona and Nevada.

08/16/22
                                                               

A Painful Deadline Nears as Colorado River Reservoirs Run Critically Low

By Henry Fountain Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

States in the Colorado River basin are scrambling to propose steep cuts in the water they’ll use from the river next year, in response to a call by the federal government for immediate, drastic efforts to keep the river’s main storage reservoirs from reaching critically low levels.

07/21/22
                                                               

A Painful Deadline Nears as Colorado River Reservoirs Run Critically Low

By Henry Fountain Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

States in the Colorado River basin are scrambling to propose steep cuts in the water they’ll use from the river next year, in response to a call by the federal government for immediate, drastic efforts to keep the river’s main storage reservoirs from reaching critically low levels.

07/21/22