2021 Drought in North America

Rising global temperatures and long-term rain and snow deficits have parched many states.
Lake Powell Reaches New Low
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Lake Powell Reaches New Low

Water levels at Glen Canyon Dam have fallen to their lowest level since 1969 and are still dropping.

Published Sep 23, 2021

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Lake Mead Drops to a Record Low
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Lake Mead Drops to a Record Low

The reservoir stands at its lowest level since the 1930s.

Published Aug 27, 2021

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Record Low for Great Salt Lake
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Record Low for Great Salt Lake

Low water levels are due to recent trends in precipitation and long-term trends in consumption by humans.

Published Aug 17, 2021

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A Long View of Sierra Snow
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A Long View of Sierra Snow

Those mountains have seen less snow accumulation in recent years, a decline that plays a role in water management and response to drought.

Published Jul 28, 2021

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California Reservoirs Reflect Deepening Drought
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California Reservoirs Reflect Deepening Drought

Precipitation totals and lake levels are among the worst they have been since the 1970s.

Published Jun 17, 2021

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Western Soils and Plants are Parched
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Western Soils and Plants are Parched

For the second year in a row, drought has overtaken much of the United States from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast.

Published Jun 11, 2021

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Widespread Drought in Mexico
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Widespread Drought in Mexico

Nearly 85 percent of Mexico is experiencing drought, and water sources are dwindling.

Published May 4, 2021

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Drought Conditions Continue in Spring 2021
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Drought Conditions Continue in Spring 2021

The western United States is currently experiencing moderate to severe drought, and it is expected to worsen in upcoming months.

Published Mar 31, 2021

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