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

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.

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.

May 2, 2017

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...

Apr 15, 2017

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.

Apr 7, 2017

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.

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

Mar 17, 2017

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.

Mar 10, 2017

There's a Tiny Sliver of California Still in Severe Drought

There's a Tiny Sliver of California Still in Severe Drought

Conditions have improved in a small swath of Southern California that was one of the last areas of severe drought still standing during a wet winter for the record books.

Mar 7, 2017

Californians Hit a New Low When It Comes to Water Use

Californians Hit a New Low When It Comes to Water Use

Californians are using less water than they have in years, thanks partly to winter rains that are doing the lawn-watering for them. The Water Resources Control Board said Tuesday that the average Californian...

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