The West is baking, burning and drying out. These numbers explain why and how.
"It is a story of cascading impacts," climate scientist John Abatzoglou said, as the West weathers "an epically dry year followed by incredible heat the last two months and now we have fires."
Drier springs bring hotter summers in the withering Southwest
New research reveals a positive feedback loop with negative consequences linked to lower springtime humidity across an already parched landscape
Drought forces Grand Junction to dip into Colorado River for drinking water for the first time in more than 50 years
Ute Water's 90,000 Western Slope customers will have river water added to flows from Grand Mesa as a hedge against heat and drought drying up reservoirs