drought News

Northern California Wildfire Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuations

A Northern California wildfire raced through more than six square miles of drought-stricken timber over the weekend, threatening at least 150 rural homes in the Sierra Nevada, authorities said. The blaze forced evacuations of some communities in and near Nevada …

15 Montana Counties Offered Federal Disaster Aid

Ranchers in 15 Montana counties can start getting federal aid to recover losses from this year’s drought. Bruce Nelson of the Montana Farm Service Agency says the ranches affected by the drought are now eligible for the 2015 Livestock Forage …

Entire State of South Carolina Now Facing Some Level of Drought

Modest rain and high temperatures this summer have pushed South Carolina into a drought. The South Carolina Drought Response Committee met last week and upgraded the drought status for the entire state. A release from the committee says that 28 …

Water District in California Oks Actor Tom Selleck’s Settlement Offer

A California water district has accepted Tom Selleck’s offer of more than $21,000 to settle a lawsuit that accused the actor of taking water he wasn’t entitled to for his 60-acre ranch. Directors of the Calleguas Municipal Water District in …

Drought Conditions Affecting 28 South Carolina Counties

Twenty-eight South Carolina counties are now in the first level of drought. The S.C. Drought Response Committee said June 19 that the counties are in the incipient level of drought. Places such as Florence, Manning and Hartsville have received less …

Wildfire Report Shows 2 Million California Homes at Risk as Drought Continues

A report issued today shows California has more than 2 million homes at “high” or “extreme” wildfire risk, as the multi-year drought continues stoke fears among some experts of a potentially devastating wildfire season. Verisk Insurance Solutions released its 2015 …

Report: 4.5 Million Homes in 13 States at Extreme Wildfire Risk

A report issued today shows 4.5 million U.S. homes at high or extreme risk of wildfire as the multi-year drought continues. The report’s author said the worsening drought means 2015 has the potential to be one of the most devastating …

Emergency Loans for Drought Available for Small Businesses in Idaho

Small businesses in a handful of counties in southern Idaho are now eligible to apply for low interest federal loans to help offset the costs of prolonged drought. The U.S. Small Business Administration announced last week that nonfarm businesses may qualify …

El Niño Likely to Last Through Northern Hemisphere Summer: U.S. Forecaster

The El Niño climate phenomenon is almost certain to last through the Northern Hemisphere summer, the U.S. weather forecaster said, raising the chance of heavy rain in the southern United States as well as South America, and scorching heat in …

El Nino Emerges; Asia-Pacific Region Faces Months of Disruptive Weather

In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia. Food prices surged. A closely watched forecast by Japan on Tuesday confirmed its return this …