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

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 at 08:27 AM PST

Super-Soaking Storms Cut Severe Drought to 4 Percent

Super-Soaking Storms Cut Severe Drought to 4 Percent

More than 80 percent of California is no longer in drought after a series of winter storms, including last week's hourslong soaker in Southern California.

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 01:05 PM PST

Storms Land Another Knockout Punch to California Drought

Storms Land Another Knockout Punch to California Drought

Snowpack and reservoir levels continued to increase in California, marking another week of improvement for drought conditions across the state.

Friday, Feb 10, 2017 at 11:12 PM PST

Drought Is Ending, But Not SoCal's Chronic Water Squeeze

Drought Is Ending, But Not SoCal's Chronic Water Squeeze

In another round of mixed messages during an exceptionally wet winter, California's water board is extending emergency drought regulations until May, the anniversary of its action taking teeth out of conservati...

Friday, Feb 10, 2017 at 12:13 PM PST

Cachuma Lake Still Catching Up After Years of Drought

Cachuma Lake Still Catching Up After Years of Drought

Santa Barbara County's long-suffering Cachuma Lake is nowhere close to being full after years of drought, but this winter's storms are slowly raising the water level and one of its boat ramps may finally...

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 at 02:39 PM PST

Sinking Land Threatens Vital California Water Canal

Sinking Land Threatens Vital California Water Canal

Land in the Central Valley is sinking so much from over-pumping of groundwater in the drought that water officials plan to press for new laws to limit well drilling to slow the damage.

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 at 10:22 AM PST

Severe Drought Down to 11 Percent in California

Severe Drought Down to 11 Percent in California

A weekly report issued Thursday showed the state's two largest reservoirs, Northern California's Oroville and Shasta, at 126 and 124 percent -- more good news for drought recovery.

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 at 04:55 PM PST

California Retains Drought Measures

California Retains Drought Measures

California has retained largely symbolic measures guiding water conservation during drought.

Friday, Apr 7, 2017 at 12:29 PM PDT
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By Jonathan Lloyd

California's History of Dry Spells in Photos

Dry spells come and go in California, where the difference between a wet and dry...View gallery

  • September 1976: Shasta Lake
  • December 1976: Bidwell Canyon
  • December 1976: Marin County
Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 at 07:58 AM PST

California's Drought Restrictions Continue Despite Rainfall

California's Drought Restrictions Continue Despite Rainfall

At least one water district in Orange County is on record Monday saying the state's drought emergency declaration should end.

Friday, Feb 3, 2017 at 05:52 PM PST

'State of Extremes': What to Make of California's Weather

'State of Extremes': What to Make of California's Weather

California is a state of extremes when it comes to precipitation, which has alternated between drought and excessive rain throughout recorded history.

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