Running Dry

Running Dry

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

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 02:22 PM PDT

Project Scientist Explains SMAP Mission

Project Scientist Explains SMAP Mission

Eni G. Njoku, PhD, has served as Project Scientist for the SMAP Mission and is supervisor of the Water and Carbon Cycles Group at NASA JPL. Wednesday, he briefed NBC4’s Patrick Healy on the progress of...

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 at 08:42 PM PDT

DWP Approves Stricter Outdoor Watering Law

DWP Approves Stricter Outdoor Watering Law

The Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners approved new water conservation rules Thursday that include giving city leaders the right to lower the number of lawn-watering days from three to two...

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 at 12:52 PM PDT

Water Surplus

Water Surplus

One drought-stricken California town will soon have a water surplus, which could cause problems of its own.

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 12:48 PM PDT

"Exceptional" Drought Expands in Sierras

"Exceptional" Drought Expands in Sierras

The most severe category of drought expanded during the past week in California's northern Sierra Nevada Mountain range after a winter of little snowfall in the region.

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 at 08:13 AM PDT

Respect the Blob - It May be a Drought Killer

Respect the Blob - It May be a Drought Killer

A temperature pattern in the waters of the Pacific Ocean is seen by climate scientists as an indicator as a shift to a pattern associated with warmer, wetter winters in the Southwest.

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 12:27 PM PDT

Soil Moisture Observatory Sends Back First Images

Soil Moisture Observatory Sends Back First Images

The SMAP observatory is designed to help scientists better understand, predict and monitor natural hazards like droughts and floods

Monday, Apr 20, 2015 at 09:32 PM PDT

New Tiered Water System Tentatively Approved

New Tiered Water System Tentatively Approved

A new tiered water system has been tentatively approved as the drought worsens. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 20, 2015.

Monday, Apr 20, 2015 at 04:39 PM PDT

MAP: California Water Use Tiers

MAP: California Water Use Tiers

This map shows how communities are listed in California's nine-tier system that penalizes the state's biggest water users. Water suppliers are assigned to a tier of water reduction based on three months...

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 at 07:28 AM PDT

William Shatner Wants $30B to Save California

William Shatner Wants $30B to Save California

Actor William Shatner is launching a $30 billion fundraising campaign to aid in California's drought relief efforts.

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 05:38 PM PDT

California Delta Smelt Survey Turns Up Only 1 Fish

California Delta Smelt Survey Turns Up Only 1 Fish

California's drought appears to be taking a toll on a threatened fish species.

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