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June 2022: U.S. dominated by remarkable heat, dryness

June kicked off a very warm and dry start to meteorological summer for the U.S., according to experts from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

07/11/22

What aridification, the ‘great drying,’ means to California and the West

By James Rainey

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, June 30. I’m state enterprise reporter Jim Rainey, checking in from the San Gabriel Valley.

06/30/22

As the Great Salt Lake dries up, Utah faces an ‘environmental nuclear bomb’

By Christopher Flavelle

Climate change and rapid population growth are shrinking the lake, creating a bowl of toxic dust that could poison the air around Salt Lake City.

06/07/22
                                                               

California drought could cut state’s hydropower in half this summer

By Matt Egan

The severe drought in California threatens to significantly undermine the state’s ability to generate hydroelectric power, raising costs for families and driving up planet-warming emissions, according to a federal government forecast.

06/01/22

Southwest “megadrought” leads to wildfires and new homicide evidence

By Andrew Freedman

It is only May, and the worsening, long-term drought in the Southwest is taxing water managers, firefighters and even homicide detectives in new ways.

05/12/22

Is that an outlaw lawn? Las Vegas has a new approach to saving water

By Henry Fountain

With drought and growth taking a toll on the Colorado River, the source of 90 percent of the region’s water, a new law mandates the removal of turf, patch by patch.

05/03/22

Forests are reeling from climate change—but the future isn’t lost

By Craig Welch

The first thing you notice in this fire-scarred forest is the color. Not long ago this square of land south of Yellowstone National Park was a monochrome of ash and burned pines. But last summer, shin-high seedlings and aspen shoots painted the ground an electric green. Purple fireweed and blood-red buffalo berries sprouted around blackened logs. Yellow arnicas danced in the breeze. Five years after 2016’s Berry fire chewed through 33 square miles of Wyoming, this slice of scorched earth was responding to fire as Rocky Mountain forests have for millennia: It had entered a season of rebirth.

04/14/22

Assessing the U.S. climate in March 2022

By NOAA

The current multi-year drought across the West is the most extensive and intense drought in the 22-year history of the U.S. Drought Monitor. Precipitation deficits during the first three months of 2022, across parts of the western U.S., are at or near record levels. As the climatological wet season ends across portions of the West, with below average snow coverconcerns for expanding and intensifying drought and water resource deficits are mounting. and reservoirs at or near record-low levels, concerns for expanding and intensifying drought and water resource deficits are mounting.

04/08/22

The American West: Long on People, Short on Water

By Arthur Keith

Have you ever been in the midst of writing (or reading) a story where the context changes so fast you constantly have to revise or question the data? Climate change is one of those topics. Unfortunately, I can’t keep up with how quickly things are going downhill. There are tons of data, and I love to do research for which those stories require.

06/26/21