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

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 10:42 PM PDT

Snowpack Improves, But No 'One-Shot Wonder'

Snowpack Improves, But No 'One-Shot Wonder'

State drought surveyors trudged through deep snow Wednesday to manually measure what turned out to be close to a normal Sierra Nevada snowpack for this time of year.

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 10:27 AM PDT

Drought Conditions Improve in Northern, Central California

Drought Conditions Improve in Northern, Central California

Drought conditions improved this week for some parts of California as the state nears the end of its rainy season.

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 at 11:28 PM PDT

LA Targets "Mega Users" of Water in Plan for Increased Conservation

LA Targets "Mega Users" of Water in Plan for Increased Conservation

Nearing the end of another winter of below-average rainfall in Los Angeles, a plan to create "water budgets" for "mega users" of water, and to impose fines in the thousands of dollars on customers who refuse to...

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 died. Ca...

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.

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