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See Fort Lauderdale Underwater Following This Week’s Torrential Downpour

By Angely Mercado

A Miami National Weather Service meteorologist called the especially heavy rain from Wednesday to Thursday a…


Years of drought force shutdown of salmon fishing season off California

By Dino Grandoni

Regulators are canceling next year’s Chinook salmon catch to allow the population to recover. It comes after years of drought in California….


Amid soaking storms, California turns to farmland to funnel water into depleted aquifers

By Ian James

As storms have drenched Northern California, water diverted from the swollen Sacramento River has been flowing from a canal and pouring onto 200 acres of farmland.


California was hit with 12 feet of snow. Is it enough to ease the drought?

By Joshua Partlow

More than 12 feet of snow has fallen in the Sierra Nevada, shutting down national parks and burying neighborhoods. But the flakes have also felt miraculous, dramatically improving the outlook for California's historic drought….


How do you fight a drought when it’s flooding?

By Farhad Manjoo

California is built upon the great gamble of irrigation. Left alone, much of the land in the Western United States would be inhospitable to teeming cities. But we’re Americans — we couldn’t let the desert stand in our way. More than a century ago, the United States Bureau of Land Reclamation began taming the water in the West. It’s been a remarkably successful project.


Assessing the U.S. climate in October 2022

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.


October Was Bad News for the U.S. Drought

By Angely Mercado

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.


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

By Brady Dennis

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.


What it looks like as drought strangles the mighty Mississippi

By Brady Dennis, Laris Karklis, Scott Dance and Tim Meko

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.


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

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