August 26, 2020

Hundreds of wildfires burned through over one million acres of land in California in less than two weeks in August. The resulting smoke has not only worsened air quality across the state but spread across the country.

map of the CONUS color-coded by drought status with lowest levels in yellow and highest drought levels in dark red
May 26, 2020

As the region’s dry summer approaches, precipitation deficits pose a threat to livestock operators, farmers, and fish, and heighten the risk of wildfires.

smoke from Australia fires in satellite image
January 3, 2020

Terrible wildfires raged through parts of southeastern Australia in the first days of 2020. 

October 9, 2019

Much of the southeastern United States went from little drought to widespread severe drought in a matter of a few weeks thanks to little rain and hot and sunny days. 

November 16, 2018

Hot, dry and windy weather helped create the conditions needed for wildfires to explode in northern and southern California in November 2018. 

Map of AK showing drought status as of October 9, 2018
October 15, 2018

Drought, warmth, and a towering ridge of high pressure make an unusual start to fall in Alaska.

October 9, 2018

The 2017-2018 water year came to a dry end in California at the end of September, a year after wet conditions alleviated drought. 

August 30, 2018

Hot, dry conditions turned northern Europe brown during the summer of 2018.

June 29, 2018

Capetonians will have tap water until sometime in 2019, thanks to a combination of water conservation and weather.

April 24, 2018

Extremely dry and windy conditions helped rapidly grow and spread wildfires across Oklahoma in April 2018.

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