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

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...

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.

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 12, 2017

Parade of Storms Pulls Northern California Out of Drought

Parade of Storms Pulls Northern California Out of Drought

A conveyor belt of strong Pacific storms brought enough rain and snow to California early this winter to knock out drought conditions in the northern part of the state, according to this week's U.S.

Sep 7, 2016

Californians Still Saving Water in Drought But Not as Much

Californians Still Saving Water in Drought But Not as Much

Californians are still saving water despite the recent lifting of mandatory statewide conservation, but not as much as they were last year at the peak of the drought, water officials said Wednesday.

Jun 23, 2016

Drought Kills 66 Million Trees in California's Sierra

Drought Kills 66 Million Trees in California's Sierra

The number of trees in California's Sierra Nevada forests killed by drought, a bark beetle epidemic and warmer temperatures has dramatically increased since last year, raising fears they will fuel catastrophic...

Jun 19, 2016

Calif. Drought Continues to Raise Fears

Calif. Drought Continues to Raise Fears

California's drought and a bark beetle epidemic have caused the largest die-off of Sierra Nevada forests in modern history, raising fears that trees could come crashing down on people or fuel deadly wildfires...

Jun 9, 2016

El Nino Update: 'Stick a Fork in It'

El Nino Update: 'Stick a Fork in It'

This year's monstrous El Niño is done, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday in its monthly update.

May 10, 2016

Governor Orders Longer-Term Drought Measures

Governor Orders Longer-Term Drought Measures

Gov. Jerry Brown ordered California on Monday to permanently follow some conservation measures taken during the state's drought.

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