February 15, 2018

Much of the southwestern United States has seen below-average amounts of snow fall so far during Winter. While currently impacting ski resorts across the region, the lack of snow could bring even greater problems to water resources later this year.

Precipitation maps
February 7, 2018

Capetonians face the prospect of their taps being turned off in the wake of poor precipitation.

January 5, 2018

Drought has deepened over the southwestern United States which has delayed the arrival of snow and start of winter for parts of Arizona.

December 15, 2017

Uncommonly large wildfires for so late in the season devastated parts of southern California, especially in areas around Los Angeles.

November 1, 2017

Several consecutive years of well below-average rains have led to low reservoir levels and water rationing in South Africa's second most populous city, Cape Town.

September 7, 2017

Multiple wildfires burned across the western United States in early September 2017, sending smoke drifting across the country.

July 24, 2017

Temperatures in the 90s and little to no rainfall have triggered exceptional drought in parts of the Northern Plains. Crops have been ravaged and fire risk is high in Montana, Wyoming, and parts of North and South Dakota. 

June 12, 2017

Heavy rain in the first part of June has put a significant dent in the recent drought conditions in Florida. 

Precipitation average for March 2017, compared to 1981-2010
May 1, 2017

While much of the rest of the country has been getting soaked (or buried in snow), below-average winter rainfall and well above average temperatures pushed Florida into moderate and severe drought in April 2017.

April 10, 2017

In Africa, famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan while other areas in Somalia and Nigeria are highly food insecure. But the reasons go beyond climate factors. 

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