A severe drought is gripping the Western U.S. as wildfire season begins

 

         Nearly three-fourths of the American West is grappling with the most severe drought in the recorded history of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

         Hot and arid conditions will exacerbate the threat of wildfires and water supply shortages this summer. Conditions this spring are much worse than a year ago.

         Parts of California, Nevada and Washington State experienced sweltering triple-digit temperatures over the past week and states released excessive-heat warnings and heat advisories in some areas.

 

Emma Newburger, CNBC

Jun 7 2021

 

Nearly three-fourths of the U.S. West is grappling with the most severe drought in the recorded history of the U.S. Drought Monitor, as hot and arid conditions are set to exacerbate the threat of wildfires and water supply shortages this summer.

 

Parts of California, Nevada and Washington experienced sweltering triple-digit temperatures over the past week amid the drought, according to the National Weather Service, with states releasing excessive-heat warnings and heat advisories in some areas.

 

Conditions this spring are much worse than a year ago. In fact, nearly half of the continental U.S. is in a moderate to exceptional drought, marking the most significant spring drought in the country since 2013, according to scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

The U.S. Drought Monitor, a map produced by a team of academic and government scientists, started roughly two decades ago. It is updated every Thursday to display the location and intensity of drought across the country...

 

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