California Drought Recovery - NBC Southern California

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

Mar 15, 2019

Map: Look at the Drought Difference in California From One Year Ago

Map: Look at the Drought Difference in California From One Year Ago

Storms continued to pile on snowpack and fill California's water reservoirs over the past week, pulling even more of the state out of drought conditions. Last week, a small sliver of extreme Northern California...

Feb 21, 2019

February Storms Wipe Out Drought for Most of California

February Storms Wipe Out Drought for Most of California

Unrelenting and powerful mid-February storms produced a striking change this week for drought conditions in California.

Dec 10, 2018

States to Meet at Deadline on Colorado River Drought Plan

States to Meet at Deadline on Colorado River Drought Plan

With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected...

Jan 3, 2018

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.

Apr 7, 2017

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

Apr 4, 2017

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.

Mar 2, 2017

Quiz: California's Wild Winter Weather

Quiz: California's Wild Winter Weather

Put what you know about California's weather and its history to the test.

Apr 7, 2017
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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
Feb 2, 2017

Sierra Snowpack 'Way Above Average' After Storms

Sierra Snowpack 'Way Above Average' After Storms

A snowpack survey Thursday provided even more reasons for optimism for drought recovery in California, where January storms brought almost a year's worth of snow and rain in a single month.

Jan 26, 2017

Winter Storms Knock Out Worst of California Drought

Winter Storms Knock Out Worst of California Drought

The worst of California's drought has been wiped out by a series of powerful winter storms that included last weekend's relentless downpours.

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