Climate scientists see alarming new threat to California

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times. California could be hit with significantly more dangerous and more frequent droughts in the near future as changes in weather patterns triggered by global warming block rainfall from reaching the state, according to new research led by scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Vanishing Arctic ice could drive future California droughts

Read the full story in Science Magazine. California’s recent 5-year drought was brutal: Houseboats sat on lakebeds, groundwater supplies dwindled, and thousands of fish literally baked to death. Scientists consider it the worst such event the Golden State has seen in 1000 years. Now, a new study identifies an unexpected suspect, thousands of kilometers to …

NOAA grant funds SIU drought monitoring research

Read the full story from Southern Illinois University. Sometimes it’s easy to see when an area is in drought: precipitation has been scarce or crops and other vegetation appear visibly stressed or browning. One of the most important indicators of drought -- soil moisture -- isn’t as visible. A researcher from Southern Illinois University Carbondale …

Uprooting FDR’s ‘Great Wall of Trees’

Read the full story from the Food & Environment Reporting Network. Surely the end was nigh. Up and down the Great Plains, from the Texas panhandle to the Dakota prairies, dust stripped the paint from their barns, the wheat from their fields, the money — what pitiful amount was left — from their pockets. “Today …

MSU Scientist Leads NOAA-Funded Effort to Predict Better Droughts

Read the full story from Michigan State University. A Michigan State University scientist is leading a competitively funded NOAA research project to create a better system for predicting droughts, a type of climate extreme that causes billions of dollars in direct losses to the U.S. economy every year.

What it takes to recover from drought

Read the full story at Phys.org. Drought-stricken areas anxiously await the arrival of rain. Full recovery of the ecosystem, however, can extend long past the first rain drops on thirsty ground. According to a study published August 10 in Nature, the length of drought recovery depends on several factors, including the region of the world and the post-drought …