Weather

To protect a forest, a town agreed to leave it alone
To protect a forest, a town agreed to leave it alone
With wildfires looming, Flagstaff came together to support national forest closures.
Extreme heat is killing people who lack shelter
Extreme heat is killing people who lack shelter
Climate change is worsening the threats that homeless populations face.
Climate extremes are putting species in sync – and in danger
Climate extremes are putting species in sync – and in danger
Shifts in coastal weather systems could make the West’s species less resilient.
The class disparity in Montecito’s disaster recovery
The class disparity in Montecito’s disaster recovery
Southern California sits at the intersection of wealth, poverty and climate change.
‘Atmospheric rivers’ aid the West — and imperil it
‘Atmospheric rivers’ aid the West — and imperil it
Improved storm forecasts could help reservoir managers store more water while avoiding floods.
2017 in natural disasters
2017 in natural disasters
From massive wildfires to melting ice, the calamities that affected the West this year.
16 major environmental protections cut in 2017
16 major environmental protections cut in 2017
Climate change initiatives were the most targeted by the Trump administration.
What fire researchers learned from California’s blazes
What fire researchers learned from California’s blazes
In California, land managers use fire as a tool.
Nothing about future fires is guaranteed
Nothing about future fires is guaranteed
Except that they will come.
It’s not only trees — wildfires imperil water too
It’s not only trees — wildfires imperil water too
Sediment-choked watersheds and erosion could become more frequent as wildfire activity grows.
By shifting nesting times, early birds adjust to climate change
By shifting nesting times, early birds adjust to climate change
As the West warms, some songbirds in California are raising their young earlier.
After Oroville, officials across the West review dam safety
After Oroville, officials across the West review dam safety
The California dam’s spillways are ready for rain as safety officials prepare for future catastrophes.
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
From wildfires to drought, a look at a warming world.
Laundry at Old Faithful; Death Cafés; Dumpsters in the wind
Laundry at Old Faithful; Death Cafés; Dumpsters in the wind
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Farming in Alaska is increasingly possible
Farming in Alaska is increasingly possible
Longer growing seasons and food scarcity are turning more people to agriculture.
Why are federal flood maps so flawed?
Why are federal flood maps so flawed?
The maps are expensive to maintain and shaped by local politics.
How oceans impact Western reservoirs and rivers
How oceans impact Western reservoirs and rivers
New research on marine temperatures could help improve drought predictions.
Texas hurricane exposes flaws in flood protections
Texas hurricane exposes flaws in flood protections
After a series of disasters, a national insurance program is struggling financially.
States restrict chinook fisheries
States restrict chinook fisheries
Extreme climate conditions over recent years pummeled the king of Western salmon.
‘Flash drought’ threatens crops and cattle
‘Flash drought’ threatens crops and cattle
Exceptionally dry conditions in the northern Great Plains are devastating farmers and ranchers.
Death Valley just had its hottest month on record
Death Valley just had its hottest month on record
Unusually hot desert nights contributed to what may well be a new planet record.
Desert songbirds struggle with more frequent heat waves
Desert songbirds struggle with more frequent heat waves
The number of days Southwestern birds face deadly dehydration may be increasing.
Fires sweep the Southwest
Fires sweep the Southwest
In an unseasonably hot and dry West, an intense fire season takes shape.
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