Weather

Falling bears; border wall delights; lightning strikes
Falling bears; border wall delights; lightning strikes
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Tenacious & twelve; junior ranger at 103; imperiled snowplow drivers
Tenacious & twelve; junior ranger at 103; imperiled snowplow drivers
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The science behind Colorado’s historic avalanches
The science behind Colorado’s historic avalanches
Are such unprecedented slides due to climate change, abnormal weather, or both?
Will a twice-burned county change its ways?
Will a twice-burned county change its ways?
Don’t count on wildfires to alter how counties plan development in fire-prone zones.
Where species will find refuge
Where species will find refuge
Nooks and crannies offer safe harbor from a changing climate.
Meet the West’s oldest climate correspondent
Meet the West’s oldest climate correspondent
Anna Mae Wright has spent seven decades recording the weather.
The West’s ‘new normal’: Another long season of volatile wildfires
The West’s ‘new normal’: Another long season of volatile wildfires
In California and across the region, drought and heat makes for big blazes.
Ranch Diaries: After a dry spell, we finally have good rain at the ranch
Ranch Diaries: After a dry spell, we finally have good rain at the ranch
We altered our grazing plan early in the summer to account for aridity, but now we’re rolling in forage.
Podcast: The backcountry ski boom comes with more risk
Podcast: The backcountry ski boom comes with more risk
Avalanche deaths as well as backcountry skiing are up from 20 years ago.
Retreating glaciers a sign of Alaska’s major meltdown
Retreating glaciers a sign of Alaska’s major meltdown
This summer’s record-breaking temperatures hasten glacier, permafrost melt.
El Niño adds fuel to Southwestern fires
El Niño adds fuel to Southwestern fires
In California, Arizona and New Mexico, an underperforming weather pattern increased wildfire risk.
Southwest primed for a nasty fire season
Southwest primed for a nasty fire season
In much of California, Arizona and New Mexico El Niño and La Niña have combined to create dry fuels, ready to burn.
Snowpack is melting fast, despite April storms
Snowpack is melting fast, despite April storms
It has dwindled faster than experts have seen in nearly four decades, which could upset reservoir management.
Above normal snowpack in some of last winter's driest regions
Above normal snowpack in some of last winter's driest regions
Precipitation in recent months chips away at California drought, but the water deficit will be hard to overcome.
Forest Service leaves control of water rights to ski resorts
Forest Service leaves control of water rights to ski resorts
How does industry control of water affect public land management?
Early season snowpack falls short across the West
Early season snowpack falls short across the West
Nevada and Idaho are the only Western states above their historic averages.
A tour of vibrant skies of the north
A tour of vibrant skies of the north
A review of 'The Northern Lights: Celestial Performances of the Aurora Borealis,' by Daryl Pederson and Calvin Hall.
What does super El Niño mean for the American West?
What does super El Niño mean for the American West?
The weather event follows Earth’s two hottest years on record.
What Mt. Hood’s fading summer ski season means
What Mt. Hood’s fading summer ski season means
As year-round skiing in the Pacific Northwest diminishes, what else will be lost?
Hopes high for a ‘Super’ El Niño
Hopes high for a ‘Super’ El Niño
The weather phenomenon could bring rain but also mudslides and drought to the different regions of the West.
Are nonprofit models an answer for small ski areas?
Are nonprofit models an answer for small ski areas?
As climate and economic challenges mount, some community ski hills find a new path.
Abnormal weather linked to more recreation deaths
Abnormal weather linked to more recreation deaths
Summer is always high season for fatal outdoor accidents, but increased lightning and heat seem to make it worse.
Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
How much of California's dry spell can be traced to climate change?
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