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

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 at 04:16 PM PST

Sierra Snowpack 'Way Above Average' After Storms

Sierra Snowpack 'Way Above Average' After Storms

A snowpack survey Thursday provided even more reasons for optimism for drought recovery in California, where January storms brought almost a year's worth of snow and rain in a single month.

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 at 05:55 PM PST

Central California Water District's Misspending 'Shocking'

Central California Water District's Misspending 'Shocking'

An irrigation district in Central California's prime farming region gave its employees free housing, interest-free loans and credit cards that the workers used to buy tickets for concerts and professional sports...

Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 at 08:44 AM PST

Winter Storms Knock Out Worst of California Drought

Winter Storms Knock Out Worst of California Drought

The worst of California's drought has been wiped out by a series of powerful winter storms that included last weekend's relentless downpours.

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 at 08:05 AM PST

When Will Soggy California Drop Water Restrictions?

When Will Soggy California Drop Water Restrictions?

Officials will decide Feb. 7 whether to extend measures requiring local water districts to enforce conservation rules.

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 09:23 PM PST

Worst of Drought Diminishes to 2 Percent in California

Worst of Drought Diminishes to 2 Percent in California

What a difference one of California's wettest winters in years makes.

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 07:12 AM PST

Parade of Storms Pulls Northern California Out of Drought

Parade of Storms Pulls Northern California Out of Drought

A conveyor belt of strong Pacific storms brought enough rain and snow to California early this winter to knock out drought conditions in the northern part of the state, according to this week's U.S. Drought...

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017 at 02:11 PM PST

First Snow Survey of Season; Water Below Average

First Snow Survey of Season; Water Below Average

Surveyors plunged a pole into the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday and took the first manual measurement of the wet season, finding water content was about half of normal as California flirts with a possible...

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017 at 12:18 AM PST

Sierra Snow Expected to Help California Battle Drought

Sierra Snow Expected to Help California Battle Drought

The several feet of snow expected in the Sierra this week is expected to considerably change the look of California's drought map.

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 at 01:56 PM PST

Californians Reverse Backslide in Water Conservation

Californians Reverse Backslide in Water Conservation

Californians did a good job of saving water in October after some less-than-stellar months.

Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 at 08:53 PM PDT

California Drought Ends In Nearly One-Fourth Of The State: Feds

California Drought Ends In Nearly One-Fourth Of The State: Feds

A heavy dousing of autumn rain in Northern California has lifted a quarter of the state out of drought, the highest percentage in more than three years, according to a new federal report Thursday. Water...

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