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

Friday, Mar 10, 2017 at 03:51 PM PST

There's a Tiny Sliver of California Still in Severe Drought

There's a Tiny Sliver of California Still in Severe Drought

Conditions have improved in a small swath of Southern California that was one of the last areas of severe drought still standing during a wet winter for the record books.

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 at 02:11 PM PST

Californians Hit a New Low When It Comes to Water Use

Californians Hit a New Low When It Comes to Water Use

Californians are using less water than they have in years, thanks partly to winter rains that are doing the lawn-watering for them. The Water Resources Control Board said Tuesday that the average Californian...

Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 at 01:11 PM PST

Quiz: California's Wild Winter Weather

Quiz: California's Wild Winter Weather

Put what you know about California's weather and its history to the test.

Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 at 08:37 AM PST

More than 90 Percent of California is Out of Drought

More than 90 Percent of California is Out of Drought

This week's U.S. Drought Monitor report shows more improvement in California, where winter rainstorms and heavy snowfall have washed away drought in more of the state after a five-year dry spell.

Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 at 02:37 PM PST

Winter's Monster Storms Pile on Well-Above-Normal Snowpack

Winter's Monster Storms Pile on Well-Above-Normal Snowpack

State water officials trudged into the Sierras for California's third snowpack survey of the season Wedneday, and the results were among the best in years.

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 at 08:27 AM PST

Super-Soaking Storms Cut Severe Drought to 4 Percent

Super-Soaking Storms Cut Severe Drought to 4 Percent

More than 80 percent of California is no longer in drought after a series of winter storms, including last week's hourslong soaker in Southern California.

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 01:05 PM PST

Storms Land Another Knockout Punch to California Drought

Storms Land Another Knockout Punch to California Drought

Snowpack and reservoir levels continued to increase in California, marking another week of improvement for drought conditions across the state.

Friday, Feb 10, 2017 at 11:12 PM PST

Drought Is Ending, But Not SoCal's Chronic Water Squeeze

Drought Is Ending, But Not SoCal's Chronic Water Squeeze

In another round of mixed messages during an exceptionally wet winter, California's water board is extending emergency drought regulations until May, the anniversary of its action taking teeth out of conservati...

Friday, Feb 10, 2017 at 12:13 PM PST

Cachuma Lake Still Catching Up After Years of Drought

Cachuma Lake Still Catching Up After Years of Drought

Santa Barbara County's long-suffering Cachuma Lake is nowhere close to being full after years of drought, but this winter's storms are slowly raising the water level and one of its boat ramps may finally...

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 at 02:39 PM PST

Sinking Land Threatens Vital California Water Canal

Sinking Land Threatens Vital California Water Canal

Land in the Central Valley is sinking so much from over-pumping of groundwater in the drought that water officials plan to press for new laws to limit well drilling to slow the damage.

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Drought Impacts Map: Use this interactive map to see how the drought has affected agriculture, energy, plants and wildlife, water supply, industry and fire hazard.

 

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California Drought Monitor: A weekly update on drought severity in California, including a drought monitor map and short- and long-term outlooks.

 

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