Weather

Study finds wildfire caused massive bird die-off
Study finds wildfire caused massive bird die-off
Research using crowdsourced data found a correlation with the birds’ deaths, nearby fires and toxic air.
Can cloud seeding help the West’s drought?
Can cloud seeding help the West’s drought?
States consider weather modification to make it rain.
This year’s deadly avalanche season
This year’s deadly avalanche season
Low snowfall has led to catastrophic conditions around the West.
Ten years, 3 million pounds of soil and 1,800 sensors
Ten years, 3 million pounds of soil and 1,800 sensors
The numbers behind the world’s largest weathering experiment.
The wine industry’s battle with climate change
The wine industry’s battle with climate change
Vineyards deal with drought, temperature swings and fruit that ripens too early.
My front seat view of climate change in California
My front seat view of climate change in California
Wildfire, heavy rains and flooding seem to be increasing in ferocity.
Colorado’s Front Range is inundated with water
Colorado’s Front Range is inundated with water
The problem with too much water? Soggy soil and endless legal complications.
Without a drought, California takes stock
Without a drought, California takes stock
Infrastructure issues, dry wells and other troubles still linger across the Golden State.
Winter snows bring spring flows
Winter snows bring spring flows
After a record low two years ago, this season’s substantial Sierra snowpack highlights the variability of winter weather in the West.
Planes, pits & snowmobiles: how scientists get good data
Planes, pits & snowmobiles: how scientists get good data
A day in the field as researchers wring water data from Colorado’s snowpack.
Wind swept; Pet lives matter; Moose, over produce
Wind swept; Pet lives matter; Moose, over produce
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Tools for the wannabe Western weather prognosticator
Tools for the wannabe Western weather prognosticator
The five best resources for understanding the region’s wacky weather.
California’s recent rains won’t fix its other, very big problem
California’s recent rains won’t fix its other, very big problem
Even in wet years, farmers use too much water — and the Central Valley is sinking.
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.
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