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We select interesting and representative drought stories from all over the U.S. and around the world. We group them into the same categories that the Drought Impact Reporter uses, as well as a few others.

Agriculture


Hot, dry weather cutting yields for soybean crops in Red River Valley

The Dickinson Press (N.D.), 8-16-2018

Affected Area: North Dakota, Minnesota

Many farmers in the Red River Valley were expecting poor yields after the heat and dryness of July and August. 

Grand Forks area: Soybeans were damaged as the plants began to form pods.  The crop seemed on track to produce 50 to 60 bushels per acre until the rain stopped midsummer. 

Walsh County: Pinto bean production will likely be less than half of normal, and edible beans were burning up, according to extension agent Brad Brummond.  Corn on sandy soil was starting to die, but was salvageable in other parts of the county.  Soybeans were beginning to drop leaves and die.  Grazing land was no longer productive, worrying producers about their hay stocks.  

Marshall and Pennington counties in northwest Minnesota: Soybean plants were aborting pods or likely had small beans if the plant kept its pods, according to extension agent Bill Craig.  The crop looked good earlier in the summer.


Dry, warm summer raises crop concerns

WGTU-TV Up North Live (Traverse City, Mich.), 8-15-2018

Affected Area: Northwest Michigan

A Grand Traverse County farmer reported no moisture in the top 6 to 7 inches of soil and had hay yields that were 35 to 40 percent lower than 2017.  His wheat harvest was also down 25 percent. 

Concerning the Lower Peninsula, Jerry Lindquist, a grazing and crop management educator with Michigan State University Extension said, “We’re going to see corn yields down from 25 to 50 percent on our total yields and our hay yields will be off by at least a third of what normal yields are there.  So you’re talking about farms that could potentially lose about 100 to 200 dollars per acre in gross revenue.”


As drought lingers, Texas ranchers opt to reduce their herds

Associated Press, 8-15-2018

Affected Area: Texas

More Texas ranchers and farmers were culling cattle or selling entire herds as drought dried up water sources and parched forages.  In Taylor County, a rancher had to downsize his herd by 50 cows over the summer, but still expected to spend $50,000, about twice as much as previous years, on range cubes in 2018. 

Ranchers and farmers in Tom Green County were trimming their herds by at least 25 percent, due to drought conditions, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for the county.  The livestock sales resulted in big revenue losses on cattle that could have been sold for beef or other purposes.

A Midland County rancher sold his herd, due to drought.  The price of hay doubled, while other costs rose dramatically, making cotton production a better alternative for a steady income.


Local corn crop struggles through drought and heat

AtchisonGlobeNow.com (Kan.), 8-13-2018

Affected Area: Northeast Kansas

Many farmers in Brown County have given up on the 2018 corn crop after drought and heat devastated it, leading to insurance claims and cutting the corn for silage.

In neighboring Nemaha County, farmers began cutting corn for silage in July, with silage harvest for the lagging corn crop occurring within a few weeks.


Hay shortage leaves Texas ranchers scrambling for cattle feed

Austin American Statesman (Texas), 8-10-2018

Affected Area: Texas

Hay production southeast of Austin was about half of normal, due to heat and drought.  Poor production and low hay stocks meant that hay prices were climbing to $55 for large round bales in Central Texas in early August, pushing prices up about 22 percent, compared to August 2017.  Prices were anticipated to keep climbing with the growing season ending in a few weeks.  Texas A&M University’s AgriLife Extension Service has heard of hay bales selling for as much as $125 west of Austin.


Business & Industry


Mom and pop plant nurseries battling drought

KLBK & KAMC-TV EverythingLubbock.com (Texas), 8-8-2018

Affected Area: Lubbock, Texas

Plant nurseries in the Lubbock area were struggling to maintain their stock amid drought, with employees putting in extra time to water plants.


Bankers: Drought Still Burdening Rural Economy in 10 States

U.S. News & World Report, 8-17-2017

Affected Area: Plains and Midwest

The overall Rural Mainstreet Index for 10 Plains and Midwestern states rose from July’s 40.7 to 42.2 in August.  Any number below 50 indicates a shrinking economy.  Nearly 58 percent of bankers who participated in the August survey felt that drought conditions were negatively impacting agricultural products in their area.  Surveyors consulted bankers in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.


Nestlé Faces Backlash Over Collecting Water From Drought-Stricken Southern California

CBS Los Angeles, 5-9-2017

Affected Area: Southern California

Activists continued to protest Nestlé’s use of springs in southern California as drought and the company’s sourcing of water on public land continues to rile the public.  Of the company’s 40 water sources in the U.S., 11 are in California.  Nestlé captures about 30 million gallons of water annually and pays the U.S. Forest Service just $524 for the permit.


The 102 million dead trees in California's forests are turning tree cutters into millionaires

Los Angeles Times, 12-14-2016

Affected Area: California

The southern Sierra Nevada was home to millions of dead trees, needing to be felled and removed for public safety and to reduce the amount of combustible material in the landscape, but the task of removing so many trees was daunting and costly. The Forest Service estimated that there were more than 24 million dead trees in the Fresno and Tulare County portion of the Sierra Nevada alone. Tree cutters, however, see prosperity in the dead trees.
The owner of a tree service said that he charged $1,700 daily for his services. His outfit was one of more than two dozen cutting dead trees along California 168 east of Fresno to Huntington Lake.

Well companies flooded with calls for new wells as drought persists

New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester), 9-25-2016

Affected Area: New Hampshire

The owner of a well-drilling business in Amherst said they had a backlog of three to four weeks, with the phone ringing steadily in the last two weeks and most calls coming from Hillsborough and Rockingham counties. A well driller based in Hudson reported getting quite a few calls from the Kingston area. An Epping well driller was getting calls from Barrington, Brentwood, Durham, Epping, Madbury and Nottingham.

Energy


Under Pressure: Dams make less electricity in drought

KJCT-TV ABC 8 (Grand Junction, Colo.), 8-2-2018

Affected Area: Southwest Colorado

Low water storage in the Blue Mesa Dam resulted in the production of 22 percent less electricity from hydropower in July 2018 than during the same month in 2017.  The Morrow-Point Dam, downstream from Blue Mesa, made about 8 percent less electricity in July 2018 compared to July 2016.


Good weather expected to continue

Juneau Empire (Alaska), 7-26-2018

Affected Area: Southeast Alaska

Diesel power was in use on Prince of Wales Island because reservoirs were too low for power generation.  A fish die-off occurred near Petersburg as moderate drought affected the area.


A silver lining from California's drought: Water conservation led to reduced energy use and less pollution

Los Angeles Times, 1-12-2018

Affected Area: California

From June 2015 through April 2016, when Californians curbed their water use by 24.5 percent, or 524,000 million gallons of water, they also conserved a lot of electricity at the same time.  By using less water, they conserved 1830 gigawatt hours of electricity—enough to electrify 274,000 average homes for one year.


How hydroelectric power has roared back in California

San Francisco Chronicle, 3-20-2017

Affected Area: California

The recent years of drought caused a significant lull in hydropower production. Fifteen to 18 percent of California’s electricity generation typically comes from hydropower, but during the drought, hydropower generation dropped to less than 10 percent on average. The state turned to burning natural gas to make up the difference, driving up greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent over what they would have been. Burning natural gas also cost Californians $2.4 billion more than they would have paid if hydropower production had been near normal.

Ongoing drought taking toll on Alabama Power lake levels

Alabama NewsCenter, 9-12-2016

Affected Area: Northern Alabama

The dry summer has depleted lakes used by Alabama Power to generate electricity. Water levels at Weiss, Neely Henry, and Logan Martin lakes on the Coosa River, Harris and Martin lakes on the Tallapoosa River, and Smith Lake on the Black Warrior River were dropping and were expected to continue to drop. Alabama Power reduced water releases from its hydroelectric dams and stopped recreational releases from Jordan Dam on the Coosa River.

Fire


California's largest fire ever keeps growing as winds fan flames

Los Angeles Times, 8-16-2018

Affected Area: Mendocino County, California

California’s largest fire, the Mendocino Complex fire, burned more than 364,000 acres, or 568 square miles, of rugged terrain. 


Texas on pace for worst wildfire year since 2011

Austin American-Statesman (Texas), 8-12-2018

Affected Area: Texas

Texas appeared to be on track to see the most wildfires since 2011, according to Texas A&M Forest Service records.  Through Aug. 9, there were 893 wildfires in the state.


Officials warn of extreme fire danger, even with possibility of rain

KLTV (Tyler, Texas), 8-9-2018

Affected Area: East Texas

Texas A & M Forest Service officials were reminding the public to be aware of the fire danger and to not become complacent, due to the possibility of rain.  There were more than 200 wildfires in East Texas in the past week or so.


Battling 18 blazes, California may face worst fire season

The Orange County Register (Anaheim, Calif.), 8-8-2018

Affected Area: California

The Mendocino Complex, comprised of the Ranch and River fires, burned 470 square miles and destroyed 116 homes, becoming the largest fire in California’s history.  The fire began on July 27 and grew quickly due to a perfect storm of heat, rugged topography, and ample brush and timber that were exceedingly dry after years of drought.  Firefighting resources were spread thin across the state as numerous blazes burned simultaneously.


Outdoor Burning on DNR Land Banned Statewide

U.S. News & World Report, 8-1-2018

Affected Area: Washington state

The Washington Department of Natural Resources prohibited outdoor burning statewide beginning on Aug. 2 for forests and state parks under DNR protection as 96 percent of the state endured drought-like conditions.


General Awareness


Study: Droughts Are Growing Hotter Under Climate Change

Arizona Public Media (Tucson, Ariz.), 8-6-2018

Affected Area:

"We've observed a shift of approximately 0.6 degrees Celsius [1.0 Fahrenheit] between the first and the second half of the 20th century. But if you only include months classified as dry, you see that there's almost double the shift in temperature," stated lead author Felicia Chiang, a graduate student researcher in civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine.


July Rains Bring Western Kansas Out Of Drought But Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma Still Dry

High Plains Public Radio (Garden City, Kan.), 7-31-2018

Affected Area: Southern Plains

Drought eased in western Kansas in July, but persisted in Colorado and the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.


Drought Remains, but Rains Put Dent in Southwest Fire Danger

U.S. News & World Report, 7-25-2018

Affected Area: Southwest

The monsoon season has eased the fire danger in parts of the Southwest, but not everywhere has received seasonal rains, allowing drought to retain its firm grip on the region.


Drought looms in some parts of region

The Salem News (Mass.), 7-19-2018

Affected Area: Northeast

Drought expanded in the Northeast, in spite of recent rainfall.  In New Hampshire, 47 communities were dealing with water restrictions, with 21 locales facing mandatory water restrictions.


Monsoon season not expected to end drought in US Southwest

Associated Press, 6-25-2018

Affected Area: Southwest

While the approaching monsoon season is expected to bring above-normal precipitation to the Southwest, it is not expected to end the drought.  Monsoonal moisture ought to begin in the first half of July.


International


India’s Drought Is Killing Crops—And Pushing People to Suicide

Newsweek, 8-16-2018

Affected Area: India

A drought that began in 2014 has become India’s worst drought in the past 140 years.  Farmers were promised aid by the government, but little has materialized.  Drought, debt and suicide have taken the lives of an estimated 59,300 Indian farmers since 1980.


Drought Impacting Cattle Producers Around the Globe

Drovers (Lenexa, Kan.), 8-16-2018

Affected Area:

Drought made the scarcity of feed a problem for cattle producers around the world, forcing many to sell their livestock.


NASA finds Amazon drought leaves long legacy of damage

Space Daily, 8-10-2018

Affected Area: Amazon River Basin

The Amazon Rainforest can take years to recover its ability to absorb carbon dioxide after a single year of drought, according to research by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.


Swiss army airlifts water to thirsty cows in drought-hit pastures

Reuters, 8-7-2018

Affected Area: Switzerland

Swiss army helicopters were airlifting water to thirsty cows in the Jura Mountains and Alpine foothills.


Swiss aid drought-hit farmers, pull dead fish from Rhine

Reuters, 8-6-2018

Affected Area: Switzerland

To assist Swiss farmers, import tariffs on livestock feed will be dropped, and interest-free loans will be offered by the federal government. 

Meanwhile, on the Rhine River, water temperatures were topping 80.6 degrees (27 degrees C), killing thousands of fish.  About a ton of dead fish had been pulled from the river, with the expectation of more fish kills as the hot weather persists.


Mitigation


California growers, researchers preparing for next drought

Capital Press - Agriculture Weekly (Salem, Ore.), 5-18-2017

Affected Area: California

Growers and researchers were working fervently to find ways to help California’s orchards, vineyards and row crops withstand the next drought with as little water as they can manage and yet thrive.  Subsurface drip irrigation, minimizing soil disturbance, leaving crop residue, diversifying crop rotations and using cover crops are some of the strategies for improving moisture retention and drought tolerance.


Will replacing thirsty lawns with drought-tolerant plants make L.A. hotter?

Los Angeles Times, 8-2-2016

Affected Area: California

If every lawn in Los Angeles were replaced with drought-tolerant vegetation, researchers from the University of Southern California found that the city’s overall temperature in July would increase up to 3.4 degrees during the day and decrease by about 5.4 degrees cooler during the night. The lower soil moisture changes the thermal properties of the soil.

San Luis Valley aquifer refills after years of drought, overuse

Santa Fe New Mexican, 6-11-2016

Affected Area: San Luis Valley in southern Colorado

A multiyear drought that began in 2002 in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado quickly drew down the region’s streams and water table, causing wells to go dry abruptly. The Rio Grande Water Conservation District and San Luis Valley water users created a subdistrict project to address the water problem of over appropriation and help the region to balance its water use. Farmers and ranchers paid $75 per acre-foot of groundwater they pumped, but also were compensated for fallowing parts of their fields, limiting water demand.
In the four years since the subdistrict project began in 2012, the aquifer is recovering. One-third less groundwater water being pumped than before the project, from more than 320,000 acre-feet prior to 2012 to about 200,000 acre-feet. Ten thousand acres that previously were used to cultivate thirsty alfalfa and potato crops were fallow. Stewards of the land continue to improve soil quality and were striving to grow more efficient crops as other ways to help the aquifer.

Central America tests drought-resistant 'miracle' beans

ReliefWeb, 12-1-2015

Affected Area: El Salvador

A hybrid light red bean created through traditional cross-breeding grows well despite little moisture and is resistant to bean golden yellow mosaic virus.

This machine can make salty water drinkable — using only the sun’s rays

The Washington Post, 5-6-2015

Affected Area:

A group of people from Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed a novel method of purifying brackish, undrinkable water via a solar-powered water desalination system. The water produced by the system is free of contaminants and is potable.

Plants & Wildlife


After years of caterpillar attacks, ‘the trees are dying’

The Norwich Bulletin (Conn.), 8-14-2018

Affected Area: Eastern Connecticut

Gypsy moth caterpillars damaged many trees, particularly oaks, in eastern Connecticut and those trees were now dying.  Three years of drought from 2015 through 2017 allowed gypsy moths to proliferate because drought prevented the activation of a fungus that keeps the caterpillars in check.


Bear encounters soar thanks to early-summer drought

New York Post, 8-11-2018

Affected Area: Eastern New York

Complaints about nuisance bears in New York more than doubled to 1,191 in 2018, compared to 500 in 2017, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.  Drought severely depleted the amount of grasses, berries and insects available for bears, driving them into closer contact with humans.  Many of the encounters occurred in the Lower Hudson Valley, the Northern Catskills/Capital region and the Eastern Adirondacks/Lake Champlain area.


Drought driving more yellowjackets into backyards

The World Link (Coos Bay, Ore.), 8-8-2018

Affected Area: Oregon

Oregonians were seeing more yellowjackets than usual in their yards and gardens as the insects seek water, stated Gail Langellotto, an OSU Extension entomologist.  The dry conditions also have the yellowjackets visiting flowers for pollen.


Bark Beetles Attacking Drought-Stressed Douglas-fir Trees Across Washington

Washington State Department of Natural Resources, 8-8-2018

Affected Area: Washington State

Washington residents reported unusually high numbers of dead and dying Douglas-fir trees to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources this spring and summer as drought and bark beetles ravaged the trees.


East Texas agriculture experts warn of 'false fall'

KTRE-TV ABC 9 (Pollok, Texas), 8-1-2018

Affected Area: East Texas

Numerous trees in East Texas were dropping their leaves early, an occurrence that Texas AgriLife Extension agents blamed on drought.


Relief, Response, & Restrictions


Drought declarations updated in Kansas counties

High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal (Dodge City, Kan.), 8-14-2018

Affected Area: Kansas

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer added 22 counties to a drought emergency declaration, making 72 counties eligible for emergency use of water from certain state fishing lakes.


Parson places 47 Missouri counties on drought alert

MissouriNet (Jefferson City, Mo.), 7-18-2018

Affected Area: Missouri

Forty-seven Missouri counties were on drought alert after Gov. Mike Parson signed an executive order on July 18. The action activated the Drought Assessment Committee and associated drought impact teams. All state agencies were also directed to consider how the state could assist affected communities and identify potentially affected communities.


USDA Authorizes Emergency Haying, Grazing on CRP Land

USAgNet (Marshfield, Wis.), 7-17-2018

Affected Area: Kansas

Forty-three Kansas counties were authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program acres for the rest of fiscal year 2018, which extends through Sept. 30.


Kansas governor expands counties in drought emergency to 50

Emporia Gazette (Kan.), 7-6-2018

Affected Area: Kansas

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer recognized 50 counties as being in a drought emergency, 27 as being in a drought warning and 28 counties in a drought watch.   

His previous order, issued in March, included 28 counties in a drought emergency.


Bureau of Reclamation awards $8.3 Million to 15 drought resiliency projects

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 6-26-2018

Affected Area: California, New Mexico, Utah

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation awarded $8.3 million for 15 projects in California, New Mexico and Utah for preparation and response to drought. The types of projects chosen will increase water management flexibility and water supply reliability, while also lowering the need for emergency response actions to drought.


Research


Two-degree warming may cause droughts in the Mediterranean region

Phys.org, 5-15-2018

Affected Area: Mediterranean

If climate change brings a temperature increase of 2 degrees or more, the probability of the Mediterranean region experiencing extremely dry decades will be five times higher than it is currently.


Scientists reveal drivers of prolonged spring-summer drought over North China

EurekAlert!, 5-7-2018

Affected Area: North China

Many prolonged spring-summer droughts occurred in North China when La Niña transitioned to El Niño following a winter with a negative North Pacific Oscillation.


How a Medieval Society Withstood Nearly 60 Years of Drought

The Atlantic, 5-4-2018

Affected Area: Mongolia

The Uighurs of the Central Asian steppe diversified their economy and increased trade amid a 67-year drought that occurred more than a millennium ago.


Climate change intensifies droughts in Europe

EurekAlert!, 4-23-2018

Affected Area: Europe

If global warming causes a rise in temperatures of three degrees, the drought regions in Europe will expand from 13 percent to 26 percent of the total area compared to the reference period of 1971 to 2000, according to research by scientists from the U.S., the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the Helmholz Center for Environmental Research.


California's wild extremes of drought and floods to worsen as climate warms

USA Today, 4-23-2018

Affected Area: California

A new study indicates that California may experience wild weather extremes from dry to wet as the climate continues to warm, according to UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain.  Such whiplash events would likely happen about eight times per century in a warmer climate, compared to about four times a century in a more stable climate.


Society & Public Health


Drought Takes Toll on Home Foundations

KXAS-TV NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (Texas), 8-2-2018

Affected Area: North Texas

Extreme heat and drought were taking a toll on north Texas home foundations, with an Arlington repair company taking twice the usual number of calls for service.


Airborne dust threatens human health in Southwest

Science Daily, 4-24-2018

Affected Area: U.S. Southwest

Future droughts in the Southwest may cause an increase in dust emissions, which could result in significant increases in hospital admissions and premature deaths.


Wind, dirt close highways, blow over semi as parts of Kansas drier than Dust Bowl

The Wichita Eagle (Kan.), 3-6-2018

Affected Area: Kansas

Very dry conditions in Kansas and strong winds led to a dust storm on the afternoon of March 6.  The dust storm closed Interstate 70 and other highways, including parts of U.S. 36, U.S. 40 and K-25, for a brief time.  Nearly 99 percent of the state was abnormally dry or worse, with more than 73 percent of the state in moderate or worse drought.


Meat makes a comeback: Prices coming down and U.S. consumption predicted to rise

Yakima Herald (Wash.), 1-9-2018

Affected Area: U.S.

Drought and high feed costs have kept meat prices high in recent years, but the meat supply is expanding, and with that, meat prices were coming down.


North Dakota drought delays reclamation of Cold War site

The Bismarck Tribune (N.D.), 11-15-2017

Affected Area: North Dakota

Drought and an inability to get grass growing at the site of a Cold War-era base in Divide County has prevented the full reclamation of the Fortuna Air Force Station. Grass must be seeded on an inert waste disposal pit, but a contractor’s seeding in July did not survive. County workers have since reseeded the area.

The base in northwestern Divide County was activated in 1952 as a radar facility during the Cold War. Before partial deactivation in 1979, Fortuna AFS had long-range and height-finder radar, data and backup systems. The site was decommissioned and abandoned in 1984.


Tourism & Recreation


No target practice until fire danger abates

Chinook Observer (Wash.), 8-8-2018

Affected Area: Washington State

Target shooting was temporarily banned by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on state-managed lands, due to the elevated fire danger from dry weather.


High stream temps prompt closures of Fraser, Colorado Rivers for first time in two decades

Sky-Hi News (Granby, Colo.), 7-31-2018

Affected Area: Grand County, Colorado

Low stream flows and high temperatures were threatening the survival of trout in Colorado’s streams, prompting Colorado Parks and Wildlife to close sections of the Fraser and Colorado rivers in Grand County.


Rafting outfitters feeling effects of drought, low water levels in Colorado

KMGH-TV ABC 7 Denver, 7-20-2018

Affected Area: Colorado

Drought and low flows on Colorado’s rivers and streams may bring an early end to the rafting season unless monsoon rains really pick up.  In Idaho Springs, just west of Denver, some outfitters were offering partial refunds to those who purchased advanced or intermediate trips weeks or months prior, when water levels were expected to be higher.


Drought, closures halt stocking on Rim streams

Payson Roundup (Ariz.), 6-1-2018

Affected Area: Central Arizona

Rain and snow did not replenish reservoirs in the Rim Country, leaving insufficient water for supplementing the East Verde River.


‘This is really bad:’ Flows in Pecos River are tiny

Albuquerque Journal (N.M.), 5-18-2018

Affected Area: Pecos River in eastern New Mexico

The low water levels prompted New Mexico Game & Fish to stock fewer fish on the Pecos River and take the remaining fish elsewhere. Some of the trout that would normally be stocked in northern New Mexico waterways were instead taken to the San Juan River and Heron, Storrie, Eagle Nest and El Vado lakes.


Water Supply & Quality


Drought Watch: Parts of Southeast Kansas Asked to Conserve Water

KOAM (Pittsburg, Kan.), 8-16-2018

Affected Area: Southeast Kansas

The Kansas Water Office issued drought declarations for counties in the southeast part of the state, including Cherokee, Crawford, Bourbon, Neosho, Montgomery and Labette counties.

Residents of Oswego in southeast Kansas were asked to conserve water voluntarily as the community entered a stage 1 water watch.  The available district water storage dropped due to low rainfall and increased evaporation.


As Colorado River Basin reservoirs drop to near-record low levels, possibility of unprecedented water shortage declaration rises

The Denver Post, 8-16-2018

Affected Area: Colorado River Basin

A new forecast from the Bureau of Reclamation indicates that there could be a shortage declaration in September 2019 that could prompt reduced water releases from federal reservoirs in the lower basin states of Nevada and Arizona.


Aspen Declares ‘Stage 2 Water Shortage’ For First Time In History

CBS4 Denver, 8-14-2018

Affected Area: Aspen, Colorado

Aspen officials declared a stage 2 water shortage as the water levels of Castle and Maroon creeks fell to 75 percent below normal.


Despite rain, drought conditions still impact water supply

KWKT-Fox 44 (Woodway, Texas), 8-9-2018

Affected Area: Waco, Texas

Recent rain did not improve water supplies in Waco where 50 million gallons on average were used daily this summer.  Voluntary water restrictions were taking effect in other Central Texas cities like Robinson.


Maine’s third summer of drought conditions could start to affect wells in the state

Bangor Daily News (Maine), 8-7-2018

Affected Area: Maine

Dry conditions were affecting wells in Maine, as groundwater levels continued their slow decline over the summer. 

“People are starting to run out of water,” said Ryan Gordon, hydrogeologist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. “It’s going to affect more people as drought [conditions] for the third summer in a row cover a lot of the state.”