Running Dry

Running Dry

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

Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 at 05:13 PM PST

California Meets Water-Use Goal for First Time

California Meets Water-Use Goal for First Time

The state's monthly water-use report card released Tuesday shows that Californians have met the state's 20-percent water-use reduction goal for the first time.

Sunday, Feb 1, 2015 at 06:45 PM PST

Quake on San Andreas Fault Could Threaten Water Supply

Quake on San Andreas Fault Could Threaten Water Supply

When an earthquake hits, there's more to worry about than meets the eye - especially in a drought.

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 at 07:53 AM PST

After Delays, Drought-Forecasting SMAP Satellite Launches

After Delays, Drought-Forecasting SMAP Satellite Launches

A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which may help residents in low-lying regions brace for floods or farmers prepare for drought...

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 at 06:14 AM PST

Latest CA Snowpack Survey "Dismally Meager"

Latest CA Snowpack Survey "Dismally Meager"

The results of California's second snowpack survey of the season suggest the state is facing a fourth-consecutive dry year with water reservoirs already at critically low levels.

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 06:17 AM PST

CA Considers Temporary Delta Dams

CA Considers Temporary Delta Dams

State water officials say they may dam parts of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in an emergency measure to protect freshwater used by millions of Californians.

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 11:43 AM PST

"Exceptional Drought" Expands in Parts of CA

"Exceptional Drought" Expands in Parts of CA

The percentage of the state in "Exceptional Drought," the most severe of the Monitor's five categories, increased from 33 percent to nearly 40 percent since last week.

Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 at 02:56 PM PST

Water Conservation Improves, Falls Short of Goal

Water Conservation Improves, Falls Short of Goal

New figures show Californians are doing slightly better on conserving water during the drought.

Monday, Jan 5, 2015 at 09:08 AM PST

2014 Temps Top SoCal Record Books: NWS

2014 Temps Top SoCal Record Books: NWS

Average temperatures in Long Beach, Burbank, Santa Barbara and other cities in the area were never higher than in 2014, the National Weather Service said.

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 02:32 PM PST

Survey Shows Higher Snowpack

Survey Shows Higher Snowpack

Even though the Sierra Nevada's snowpack is higher than this time last year, it's not enough to impact the California drought.

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 03:03 PM PST

Storms Provide "Foothold for Drought Recovery" in California

Storms Provide "Foothold for Drought Recovery" in California

A string of storms that marched across California this month provided enough rain to boost reservoir levels and slightly improve drought conditions after three consecutive dry years. The state still likely needs...

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