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Coverage of one of California's most severe dry spells on record and its dramatic turnaround

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 at 04:55 PM PST

California Retains Drought Measures

California Retains Drought Measures

California has retained largely symbolic measures guiding water conservation during drought.

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 at 11:28 AM PST
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By Jonathan Lloyd

California's History of Dry Spells in Photos

Dry spells come and go in California, where the difference between a wet and dry...View gallery

  • September 1976: Shasta Lake
  • December 1976: Bidwell Canyon
  • December 1976: Marin County
Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 at 07:58 AM PST

California's Drought Restrictions Continue Despite Rainfall

California's Drought Restrictions Continue Despite Rainfall

At least one water district in Orange County is on record Monday saying the state's drought emergency declaration should end.

Friday, Feb 3, 2017 at 05:52 PM PST

'State of Extremes': What to Make of California's Weather

'State of Extremes': What to Make of California's Weather

California is a state of extremes when it comes to precipitation, which has alternated between drought and excessive rain throughout recorded history.

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 at 02:03 PM PST

Sierra Snowpack Update: February 2017

Sierra Snowpack Update: February 2017

The Feb. 2, 2017 Sierra snowpack survey pointed to some promising signs for drought recovering in California.

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