Running Dry

Running Dry

Coverage of California's historic dry spell, one of the most severe droughts on record

Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 11:23 PM PDT

Key California Reservoirs Plump With Water

Key California Reservoirs Plump With Water

Four straight days of stormy weather have replenished several key reservoirs in Northern California to historical averages -- including Lake Shasta, which hasn't been this full since May 2013.

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2016 at 07:57 AM PST
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By Jonathan Lloyd

Dramatic Photos of California's Drought

Historically dry winters combined with years of below-average rainfall have taken... View gallery

  • Low Water Levels at Lake Oroville
  • Houseboats on Lake Oroville
  • Farmers Cut Back
Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016 at 07:29 AM PST

Second Warmest February Closes Mountain High

Second Warmest February Closes Mountain High

Those hoping to hit the slopes have bad news coming for them -- unusually high temperatures this February have temporarily closed Mountain High resort in the San Gabriel Mountains through early March due to lack...

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016 at 02:12 PM PST

Warm February Melts Hopes for Drought Relief

Warm February Melts Hopes for Drought Relief

California will need another "March Miracle" for significant drought relief after a statewide survey shows snowpack at only 83 percent of the March 1 average.

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 at 01:33 PM PST

CA Falling Just Shy of Water Conservation Goal

CA Falling Just Shy of Water Conservation Goal

Californians are falling short of the state's mandated water-saving target for the drought.

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016 at 03:05 PM PST

California Farmers Reap Record Sales in Record Drought

California Farmers Reap Record Sales in Record Drought

A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have been forced to conserve water, household wells have run dry and fish have...

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 at 07:13 PM PST

Sierra Snowpack Jumps to 130 Percent of Avg.

Sierra Snowpack Jumps to 130 Percent of Avg.

The Sierra snowpack has jumped to 130 percent of average, the California Department of Water Resources announced after it took measurements Tuesday.

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 at 01:20 PM PST

Drought Update: Feb. 2, 2016

Drought Update: Feb. 2, 2016

A look at water-use figures and drought conditions around California. Anthony Yanez reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Tuesday Feb. 2, 2016.

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 at 03:53 PM PST

CA Falls Short of Dec. Water-Use Goal, But Still on Track

CA Falls Short of Dec. Water-Use Goal, But Still on Track

California did not meet its goal for December, but has still saved a combined 25.5 percent since the governor's mandate was issued in June, the California Water Resources Control Board says.

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 at 08:21 PM PST

Gov. Brown Lays Out Revised Drought Plan

Gov. Brown Lays Out Revised Drought Plan

Caution was the theme of Governor Brown's State of the State address when it came to finances and our drought. "Water goes to the heart of what California is and what it has been over centuries," Gov.

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