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

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018 at 11:08 PM PST

Dry Spell Raises Fears of Drought's Return to California

Dry Spell Raises Fears of Drought's Return to California

California's water managers are measuring as little as 3 percent of normal snowpack in areas of the Sierra Nevada mountains as they conduct the first manual surveys of the state's crucial winter snowfall.

Tuesday, Dec 26, 2017 at 11:24 AM PST

Salmon Lose Way Back After Truck Ride Downstream in Drought

Salmon Lose Way Back After Truck Ride Downstream in Drought

A desperate decision to truck California's native baby salmon toward the Pacific Ocean during the state's drought may have resulted in generations of lost young salmon now hard-pressed to find their way back to...

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 at 07:55 AM PDT

Plows Still Clearing Snowbound California Roads

Plows Still Clearing Snowbound California Roads

There may be no more potent reminder of California's humongous snowfall than the plows still clearing roads that snake across the state's highest mountains as summer approaches. Crews have been digging, blowing...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 08:06 AM PDT

Record Snowmelt Brings Treacherous Conditions at CA Rivers

Record Snowmelt Brings Treacherous Conditions at CA Rivers

A record winter of mountain snowmelt into California's rivers has made for treacherous conditions and several reports of people falling victim this Memorial Day weekend to the fast-flowing water. Three people...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 07:54 AM PDT

Springtime Snowpack Nearly Double Normal Levels

Springtime Snowpack Nearly Double Normal Levels

California's springtime snowpack is nearly double its normal levels following five years of historic drought. The California Department of Water Resources on Monday conducted its final snowpack survey of the...

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