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Aug 13, 2019

Farmers Use Tech to Squeeze Every Drop From Colorado River

Farmers Use Tech to Squeeze Every Drop From Colorado River

A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much water they would give the crops the...

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.

Jan 18, 2019
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By Jonathan Lloyd, Belen De Leon, Anthony Yanez

Just How Much Rain Did We Get This Week?

Four storms socked Southern California this week, marking the season's first...View gallery

  • January Rainfall: 4.96 Inches
  • How It Compares to January 2017
  • How Did the Rain Change Our Drought Outlook?
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...

May 7, 2018

Outlook for Vital Southwestern US River Remains Grim

Outlook for Vital Southwestern US River Remains Grim

The outlook for the most important river in the Southwestern U.S. remains grim this summer after April storms failed to produce much snow in the mountains that feed the waterway, forecasters said Monday.

Feb 1, 2018

Results of 2018's Second Snowpack Survey 'Far Below Average'

Results of 2018's Second Snowpack Survey 'Far Below Average'

California's water managers measured the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which supplies water to millions, Thursday during a mostly dry winter of above-average temperatures in the southern part of the state.

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.

Dec 26, 2017

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...

May 30, 2017

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.

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