DROUGHT

Climate change is having a devastating affect on dry areas of the world and began influencing global drought risk for more than a century ago. Models predict that droughts will become more frequent and severe as temperatures rise, potentially causing food and water shortages, human health impacts, destructive wildfires and conflicts between peoples competing for resources. They project a new round of severe megadroughts, resulting in the driest period in 1,000 years for parts of the U.S., with droughts becoming more frequent and severe.

The United States Drought Monitor update their maps every Thursday and Climate Central has an informative page with graphics and videos. 

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Another dangerous fire season is looming in the Western U.S., and the drought-stricken region is headed for a water crisis

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Another dangerous fire season is looming in the Western U.S., and the drought-stricken region is headed for a water crisis

By Mojtaba Sadegh, Amir AghaKouchak and John Abatzoglou 5/14/21
Just about every indicator of drought is flashing red across the western U.S. after a dry winter and warm early spring. The snowpack is at less than half of normal in much of the region.…