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Water woes likely to continue

Posted on January 4th by Tom Yulsman. %
As Colorado snowpack suffers, La Niña could persist into summer According to the latest forecast from the Climate Prediction Center, issued yesterday, the La Niña conditions that ...

The great water heist

Posted on January 20th by Tom Yulsman. 3
The Colorado River near Moab, Utah. New research suggests that dust falling on snow in the mountains where the river is born is robbing it of enough water to serve ...

Western water: running toward empty part 2

Posted on January 19th by Tom Yulsman. %
The Green River, seen here at the mouth of Horseshoe Canyon in Utah, is a major tributary of the Colorado. The two rivers come together about xx miles as the ...

Western Water: Running toward empty?

Posted on January 18th by Tom Yulsman. %
By Tom Yulsman & Brendon Bosworth [caption id="attachment_4883" align="alignleft" width="266" caption="Heading toward an uncertain future? A snow-covered track in Colorado's Front Range. Copyright Tom Yulsman"][/caption] It may not be too much of ...

History made: Lake Mead drops to lowest level ever

Posted on October 16th by Tom Yulsman. 38
Eleven years of low flows and growing consumption are draining the reservoir. Meanwhile, much of the rest of the West is slowly aridifying too. UPDATE, SUNDAY 10/17/10: AS OF ABOUT 11 ...

Dry conditions expand in the U.S.

Posted on September 30th by Tom Yulsman.
The percentage of the United States experiencing dry conditions has expanded significantly in the last week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. As of September 28th, slightly more ...

La Niña may be strengthening at record pace, with potentially dangerous consequences

Posted on September 19th by Tom Yulsman. 8
Experts worry that drought could worsen in Southwest, raising fears of water shortages and wildfire With data acquired by satellite, this map depicts La Niña conditions in tones of blue spreading ...

A new blaze casts a pall over Colorado’s Front Range

Posted on September 12th by Tom Yulsman.
The Reservoir Fire burns just west of Loveland, Colorado, and about 25 miles north of Boulder. (Photo: Tom Yulsman)Less than a week after Colorado's most destructive fire erupted just ...

“Ecological about-face”: global plant productivity declines

Posted on August 19th by Tom Yulsman. %
This image, based on data from NASA's MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite, shows Earth's plant productivity in 2003. Regions of increased productivity are shown in green, with decreased ...

Arctic sea ice continues its long-term decline

Posted on August 4th by Tom Yulsman. 3
But a new record low for the year is now considered unlikely The linear rate of decline of Arctic sea ice in July between 1979 and 2010 is now 6.4 ...

Russia burns & crops fail as global warming’s 35th “birthday” approaches

Posted on August 2nd by Tom Yulsman. 4
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na_XF_Ee73c&feature=fvsr Video snippets from Russia Today of the fires triggered by unprecedented heat and drought in Central Russia. In the past few weeks, a wave of new developments has flushed the ...

Stream flow outlook in the West looks bleak

Posted on April 7th by Tom Yulsman.
The map above shows the outlook for streamflow in the Western United States in May, from the the River Forecast Center of the National Weather Service. Wherever you see ...

Stalactites foretell an increasingly dry Southwest

Posted on January 31st by Tom Yulsman. 3
The climate bats last... As an international media storm continues to rage over allegations of fraud by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and its director, Rahendra K. Pachauri, ...

The climate bats last

Posted on January 27th by Tom Yulsman. 5
While a patently false prediction by the IPCC about Himalayan Glaciers reverberates politically, glaciers worldwide continue to lose mass at a rapid rate. Meanwhile, a multi-year drought tightens its ...

Bone dry in the Colorado basin

Posted on November 8th by Tom Yulsman. 5
The clouds hinted at precipitation but never delivered as the Colorado River rolled west toward Moab, Utah in this picture shot in March of 2009. (Photo: Tom Yulsman) My colleague John ...