Droughts

Sean de Guzman, chief of snow surveys, for the California Department of Water Resources, right, carries the snowpack measuring tube as he and DWR's Chief of State Water Project Operations Molly White, left, and Water Resources Engineer Nathan Burley, center, cross an area normally covered in snow during the third snow survey of the season at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. The survey found the snowpack at 29 inches deep with a water content of 11.5 inches at this location. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 27, 2020 - 7:34 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dry beginning of the year has left most of California abnormally parched, as officials brace for the possibility of an early and more intense wildfire season amid record-breaking temperatures. Drought has expanded from just under 10% of the state last week to nearly a quarter...
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A man climbs a bluff on Corona Heights in front of the skyline seen from Tank Hill in San Francisco, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. California officials are bracing for the potential of another drought and an early and more intense wildfire season amid a record-breaking warm and dry February. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
February 27, 2020 - 5:29 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dry beginning of the year has left most of California abnormally parched and officials are bracing for the possibility of an early and more intense wildfire season amid record-breaking temperatures. Drought has expanded from just under 10% last week to nearly a quarter of the...
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A man climbs a bluff on Corona Heights in front of the skyline seen from Tank Hill in San Francisco, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. California officials are bracing for the potential of another drought and an early and more intense wildfire season amid a record-breaking warm and dry February. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
February 27, 2020 - 2:54 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dry beginning of the year has left most of California abnormally dry and officials are bracing for the possibility of an early and more intense wildfire season amid record-breaking temperatures. Drought has expanded from just under 10% last week to nearly a quarter of the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017 file photo a sign is submerged in the water from Coyote Creek in Morgan Hill, Calif. U.S. officials are worried that an earthquake could collapse a big dam near Silicon Valley. They ordered its reservoir to be completely drained by October, 2020, due to concerns that the dam could send floodwaters into communities. Retrofit plans have been in the works for years and the dam's water level has been kept at a maximum of 74% since 2009. As of Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, the reservoir was just 29% full. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
February 25, 2020 - 4:05 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Worried that an earthquake could collapse a big dam south of San Francisco, officials have ordered its reservoir to be completely drained by October to reduce the risk of floodwaters spilling into Silicon Valley. The 240-foot (73-meter) high earthen Anderson Dam, built in...
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February 25, 2020 - 3:03 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Worried that an earthquake could collapse a big dam south of San Francisco, officials have ordered its reservoir to be completely drained by October to reduce the risk of floodwaters spilling into Silicon Valley. The 240-foot (73-meter) high earthen Anderson Dam, built in...
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February 25, 2020 - 2:30 pm
Worried that an earthquake could collapse a big dam south of San Francisco, officials have ordered its reservoir to be completely drained by October to reduce the risk of floodwaters spilling into Silicon Valley. The 240-foot (73-meter) high earthen Anderson Dam, built in 1950 between San Jose and...
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A resident inspects sea foam brought by waves approaching on beach front houses after heavy rain and storms at Collaroy in Sydney's Northern Beaches, Monday, February 10, 2020. Drought, wildfires and now flooding have given Australia's weather an almost Biblical feel this year. The good news is that a deluge in eastern parts of the country over recent days has helped dampen deadly fires and ease a crippling drought. (Joel Carrett, AAP Image via AP)
February 10, 2020 - 12:33 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Drought, wildfires and now flooding have given Australia's weather an almost Biblical feel this year. The good news is that a recent deluge in eastern parts of the country has drenched deadly fires and helped ease a crippling drought. But experts say it will take some...
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A couple shelter under an umbrellas as rain falls in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, while the Bureau of Meteorology issued severe weather warning along the New South Wales state coast. The rain comes as a slight relief for some areas dealing with wildfires that devastated large swathes of land across the state over the last several months. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
February 07, 2020 - 5:56 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Heavy rains lashed parts of the wildfire and drought-stricken Australian east coast on Friday, bringing some flooding in Sydney and relief to firefighters still dealing with dozens of blazes in New South Wales. New South Wales is the state hardest hit by wildfires that...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, the Blue Nile river flows near the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Assosa, Ethiopia. Officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan said Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, they have cleared the way for the filling and operation of a $5 billion dam project on the Nile River. In a joint statement issued after four days of talks in Washington, the foreign ministers and water resources officials said they had agreed on a schedule for filing the dam, and other key issues. The final deal is expected to signed by the three countries by the end of February after the agreement is reviewed, the statement said. (AP Photo/Elias Asmare, File)
January 16, 2020 - 2:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan say they have reached a preliminary agreement aimed at clearing the way for the filling and operation of a $5 billion dam project on the Nile River. The foreign ministers and water resources officials of the three countries concluded three...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, the Blue Nile river flows near the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Assosa, Ethiopia. Officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan said Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, they have cleared the way for the filling and operation of a $5 billion dam project on the Nile River. In a joint statement issued after four days of talks in Washington, the foreign ministers and water resources officials said they had agreed on a schedule for filing the dam, and other key issues. The final deal is expected to signed by the three countries by the end of February after the agreement is reviewed, the statement said. (AP Photo/Elias Asmare, File)
January 15, 2020 - 6:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan say they have reached a preliminary agreement aimed at clearing the way for the filling and operation of a $5 billion dam project on the Nile River. The foreign ministers and water resources officials of the three countries concluded three...
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