California Drought Recovery - NBC Southern California

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

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...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 05:03 AM PDT

Warm Calif. Temperatures Expected to Accelerate Snowmelt

Warm Calif. Temperatures Expected to Accelerate Snowmelt

Melting of this year's massive Sierra Nevada snowpack will cause California rivers to surge and possibly overflow their banks well into the summer this year, officials said Monday. Among the first to be...

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 at 04:16 PM PDT

Drought's End Means California Beachgoers Get Showers Back

Drought's End Means California Beachgoers Get Showers Back

California surfers are stoked after showers at state beaches that were turned off during the drought are flowing once again.

Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 at 01:44 PM PDT

Why the Drought Emergency Isn't Over in Four CA Counties

Why the Drought Emergency Isn't Over in Four CA Counties

Despite record rain and snow, California's drought emergency has not ended for thousands of people in four rural counties.

Friday, Apr 7, 2017 at 10:49 AM PDT

Governor Lifts Drought Emergency for Most of California

Governor Lifts Drought Emergency for Most of California

California is lifting its drought emergency for most of the state after a winter of record rain and snowfall that followed a five-year dry spell.

Friday, Apr 7, 2017 at 06:14 AM PDT

Spring Storm to Build on Already Historic Snowpack

Spring Storm to Build on Already Historic Snowpack

A brief bout of rainfall, possibly accompanied by strong winds, is expected in the Los Angeles area Saturday with more significant precipitation to the north, including parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The...

Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017 at 03:49 PM PDT

California Households Still Conserving Water

California Households Still Conserving Water

California's latest water-use figures show the state's families are still doing a good job reducing water use.

Friday, Mar 17, 2017 at 05:00 PM PDT

NASA Images Show Off SoCal's St. Patrick's Day Green

NASA Images Show Off SoCal's St. Patrick's Day Green

NASA images show a lot more green around Southern California after this winter's steady stream of drought busting rainstorms.

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