WASHINGTON — We know, because they often say so, that those who think catastrophic global warming is probable and perhaps imminent are exemplary empiricists. They say those who disagree with them are "climate change deniers" disrespectful of science.
Research by WHOI paleoclimatologist Kevin Anchukaitis, left, and University of Minnesota assistant professor Dan Griffin has shown that the California drought of 2012-2014 has been the worst in 1,200 years.
California's 2012-2014 drought has been the worst in 1,200 years, according to two climate scientists.
The worst drought in California’s history is a forewarning of problems for the entire West, including Montana and Wyoming.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The mountain snowpack in the Missouri River’s upper basin is close to levels seen before devastating 2011 flooding along the river, but a repeat this year isn’t likely, an Army Corps of Engineers official said.
A pickup makes it out just ahead of the Rosebud fire in August 2012. Livestock producers in the region are waiting on a provision of the recently passed farm bill that would compensate them for losses sustained in the drought and fires of 2012.
Ranchers move cattle out ahead of the Rosebud fire in August 2012. Livestock producers in the region are waiting on a provision of the recently passed farm bill that would compensate them for losses sustained in the drought and fires of 2012.
Fire season is several months away, but the state’s weather and climate gurus are keeping a close watch on the amount of moisture falling on the ground.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming will start the new year free of extreme drought conditions.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Ample precipitation has pulled most of Wyoming out of a drought.
BRIDGER — He’s the guy on the “other side.” The one whose grass is greener. And it turns out that when pastures in neighboring states go brown, hay farmer Chris Skorupa’s wallet sprouts lettuce, too.
A grasshopper feeds on plants growing near the Pictograph Caves on Tuesday afternoon.
Montanans can expect a mixed bag of water supply and moisture conditions as summer wears on, according to the 2013 Governor’s Report on the Potential for Drought and Flooding, released on Thursday by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
The thing about trying to predict what the summer wildfire season will look like is that you probably won't be right.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows southeast Wyoming may be emerging from 11 months of drought.
Every spring, with an entire growing season ahead, the first thing to rise from a farmer’s field is potential, but potential is withering in southern Montana’s lingering drought.
DENVER — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved new designations allowing farmers and ranchers around the West to seek federal aid to get through the drought.
BUTTE — The Bureau of Land Management is asking ranchers in southwestern Montana to reduce grazing on public lands due to drought.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Big changes are in store for the nation's forests as global warming increases wildfires and insect infestations, and generates more frequent floods and droughts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture warns in a report released Tuesday.
Ranchers burned by drought and fire in 2012 quickly learned that federally funded disaster relief had also dried up, but an effort is underway to revive the programs.