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  • Rebates drive grass removal frenzy during California drought
    Rebates drive grass removal frenzy during California drought Thu, May 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's a torrent of Californians taking advantage of rebates for ripping out water-guzzling lawns during the drought, and that's providing a big boost to landscapers. More »

  • 'It’s coming': Did stern Texas flood warnings go unheeded, or unhea … Wed, May 27, 2015

    Emergency officials in Texas are struggling with the fact that they appeared to do everything by the book – and yet 21 people are still confirmed dead from torrential Memorial Day weekend flooding. On Wednesday, authorities performed hundreds of water rescues and searchers continued to look for 13 missing people as more rain fell across the hills and gulleys of the Texas hill country, where a stubborn five-year drought has given way to full lakes and soils that can't absorb more water. More »

  • Devastating Floods in Texas, Oklahoma Driven by El Niño
    Devastating Floods in Texas, Oklahoma Driven by El Niño Wed, May 27, 2015

    Severe floods in Texas and Oklahoma are causing devastation after multiple storm systems battered a formerly drought-stricken area, according to experts. Heavy rainfalls began on Saturday (May 23) and soaked the region through the weekend, leading to nearly record-breaking rains in some southern areas of Texas and Oklahoma. At least 10 people have been reported dead across Oklahoma and Texas, and thousands have been evacuated from their homes and are seeking temporary shelter. More »

  • Drought-hit Californians paint their lawns green
    Drought-hit Californians paint their lawns green Wed, May 27, 2015

    The heat is stifling, the soil dry as a bone, and a new law in drought-stricken California restricts the use of sprinklers. More »

  • Popular cash-for-grass program expands during drought
    Popular cash-for-grass program expands during drought Tue, May 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A major water wholesaler on Tuesday added $350 million to its budget to replenish a cash-for-grass program that has gained popularity during the California drought with homeowners, landlords and businesses looking to replace water-draining lawns. More »

  • 5 tips for conserving water at home
    5 tips for conserving water at home Tue, May 26, 2015

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Here in dry, dusty Southern California, dealing with the worst drought in state history has become the "new normal." In my home, we've cut back on showers and watering the lawn. More »

  • California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought
    California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought Tue, May 26, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record. More »

  • California looks Down Under for drought advice
    California looks Down Under for drought advice Tue, May 26, 2015

    California's longest and sharpest drought on record has its increasingly desperate water stewards looking for solutions in Australia, the world's driest inhabited continent. The struggle to survive with ... More »

  • Deadly Plains torrents loosen drought’s grip: Is this ‘weather whiplash? … Mon, May 25, 2015

    The five-year drought came to a dramatic end in Texas on Sunday, as a straight month of rain built into a torrent that killed at least three people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes, most along the Blanco River that runs roughly between San Antonio and Austin. Wichita Falls, Texas, where golf courses had long lost their green amid watering restrictions, has become fully saturated in a span of three weeks during the wettest May in the city since 1897. Across the Central Plains, reservoirs that have threatened for years to run dry are, suddenly, full. More »

  • California farmers agree to cut water use. Enough to stem the drought? Sat, May 23, 2015

    As drought-stricken Californians came under orders to curb urban water use – up to 36 percent in some communities, thank you very much Gov. Jerry Brown – all eyes turned to farmers. On Friday, the State Water Resources Control Board approved a proposal from riparian water right holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to voluntarily cut back water use in exchange for assurances they would not face further riparian curtailment during the June-September growing season. Recommended: How much do you know about California? More »

  • California OKs offer of voluntary water cuts by farmers
    California OKs offer of voluntary water cuts by farmers Fri, May 22, 2015

    California regulators have accepted a historic offer by farmers to make a 25 percent voluntary water cut to avoid deeper mandatory losses during the drought. Officials with the state Water Resources Control ... More »

  • California OKs offer of voluntary water cuts by farmers trying to avoid deeper … Fri, May 22, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California OKs offer of voluntary water cuts by farmers trying to avoid deeper drought losses. More »

  • El Niño Brings Wet Summer to Plains; Western Drought Continues
    El Niño Brings Wet Summer to Plains; Western Drought Continues Fri, May 22, 2015

    The West can expect its warm and dry weather to continue through the summer, while the central Plains will be relatively cool and wet, according to a summer forecast released today (May 21). The East will be slightly warmer than average, and drought will intensify in the Northeast and the Pacific Northwest, a pattern that's typical of El Niño summers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. Texas and Oklahoma have already felt the force of El Niño-influenced weather, NOAA said in a briefing today. More »

  • Q&A: California farmers with oldest water rights face cuts Fri, May 22, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve. More »

  • California water cuts move to those with century-old rights
    California water cuts move to those with century-old rights Thu, May 21, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who hold rights to water that date back as far as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country's most productive agricultural state. More »

  • Feds providing $50M for Western water-saving projects Wed, May 20, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. government will invest nearly $50 million in water conservation and reuse projects in 12 drought-stricken Western states, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Wednesday. More »

  • McDowell inspired by European team mates
    McDowell inspired by European team mates Wed, May 20, 2015

    Graeme McDowell is hoping the exploits of his Ryder Cup team mates will inspire him back onto the winners' podium after a drought of nearly a year without success. More »

  • Last drought victims: Q&A on California senior water rights
    Last drought victims: Q&A on California senior water rights Wed, May 20, 2015

    Farmers and other landowners who staked the earliest claims to California's water are last to suffer cutbacks at times of drought under the state's water-rights system. Now the dry spell has become so ... More »

  • California farmers propose voluntary cuts Wed, May 20, 2015

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues. More »

  • Western storm raises flood danger; kayakers, skiers play
    Western storm raises flood danger; kayakers, skiers play Wed, May 20, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Rain and snow from the latest Pacific storm to hit the West renewed the risk of flooding in Colorado on Tuesday while providing two seasons of fun for kayakers and skiers and some relief from the drought. More »

  • JFK inspiring England's attempt to end soccer title drought Tue, May 19, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — English soccer leaders are drawing inspiration from former U.S. President John F. Kennedy's challenge to send a man to the moon as the country tries to end its World Cup title drought. More »

  • 8 states get new drought aid for farms, ranches Mon, May 18, 2015

    Farmers and ranchers in the West's worst-hit drought regions will receive an additional $21 million to help them save water and soil despite the long dry spell. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced ... More »

  • Drought face-lift: California paints lawns green
    Drought face-lift: California paints lawns green Mon, May 18, 2015

    The heat is stifling, the soil dry as a bone, and a new law in drought-stricken California restricts sprinklers. More »

  • Barcelona clinches Spanish league title with win at Atletico
    Barcelona clinches Spanish league title with win at Atletico Sun, May 17, 2015

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi ended Barcelona's short-lived trophy drought by scoring the goal that clinched the Spanish league title on Sunday, securing a 1-0 win at dethroned champion Atletico Madrid. More »

  • For California salmon, summer of truck rides, bucket lifts
    For California salmon, summer of truck rides, bucket lifts Sat, May 16, 2015

    LAGUNITAS, Calif. (AP) — What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride. More »

  • Rare spring storm sweeps into Southern California, Arizona
    Rare spring storm sweeps into Southern California, Arizona Fri, May 15, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A second round of rain from a rare spring storm swept into drought-stricken Southern California on Friday, along with heavy winds and snow in the mountains before heading inland, where other states were also feeling weird late-season weather. More »

  • Best hope for California drought: El Nino pattern next year
    Best hope for California drought: El Nino pattern next year Fri, May 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — This week's wet storm isn't expected to provide much, if any, relief from California's historic drought. But there is hope for a serious drenching next year in the form of El Nino, a tropical weather pattern over the Pacific Ocean that typically brings rain to the West Coast. Climatologists say the system forming near the equator looks like a big one that has the potential to provide relief from the yearslong dry spell. More »

  • Bayer CropScience opens $17M research station in Nebraska Thu, May 14, 2015

    Bayer CropScience hopes its new $17 million research station in Seward County will create wheat and soybean varieties more resistant to disease and drought. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday ... More »

  • A look at how California golf courses are saving water
    A look at how California golf courses are saving water Wed, May 13, 2015

    California golf courses are teeing up water conservation measures as the state enters its fourth summer of epic drought. A look at some of the ways they are cutting back: TURF REMOVAL Most water agencies ... More »

  • El Nino Could Lead To Harsh Winter For Britain
    El Nino Could Lead To Harsh Winter For Britain Tue, May 12, 2015

    A significant rise in water temperature in the Pacific Ocean is likely to have a major impact on the world's weather over the coming months, Australian experts have warned. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said the eastern Pacific is in the early stages of a "substantial" El Nino event, the first in five years. The rising water temperature alters wind and rainfall patterns and is likely to lead to drought in Australia, drier conditions in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, and floods on the Pacific coast of the Americas. David Jones, a climatologist at the Bureau, which has been on the look-out for the event, said: "This will be quite a substantial El Nino event. More »

  • California Drought Shamers Target Celebrities
    California Drought Shamers Target Celebrities Tue, May 12, 2015

    Celebrities in California are facing a #droughtshaming campaign over their lush green lawns. The mayor of Beverly Hills has backed efforts to make the rich and famous cut back on their water use as the state struggles through its worst drought in recorded history. Stars including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson and Barbra Streisand are all taking the heat over their lush lawns. But Julian Gold, the mayor of Beverly Hills, says the water crisis means everyone has to take action. More »

  • California water cuts ignore past changes by some cities
    California water cuts ignore past changes by some cities Sat, May 9, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — In California's second-largest city, memories are still fresh of a devastating drought 25 years ago that saw the area's water supplies slashed by about a third. More »

  • Pakistan beats Bangladesh by 328 runs in 2nd test
    Pakistan beats Bangladesh by 328 runs in 2nd test Sat, May 9, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Pakistan finally ended the victory drought on its Bangladesh tour, winning the second and final test by a massive 328 runs Saturday to take the series 1-0. More »

  • Want to save water? Kill the lawn, time your showers
    Want to save water? Kill the lawn, time your showers Fri, May 8, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians have been bombarded with pleas to save water during the drought. More »

  • Wheat tour: 2015 crop forecast better compared to year ago Thu, May 7, 2015

    The hard red winter wheat crop in Kansas is forecast to be larger than last year's harvest, according to the annual wheat quality tour, but still falls far short of what's normal because of drought, disease ... More »