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

Jun 15, 2017

Plows Still Clearing Snowbound California Roads

Plows Still Clearing Snowbound California Roads

There may be no more potent reminder of California's humongous snowfall than the plows still clearing roads that snake across the state's highest mountains as summer approaches.

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.

Mar 1, 2017

Winter's Monster Storms Pile on Well-Above-Normal Snowpack

Winter's Monster Storms Pile on Well-Above-Normal Snowpack

State water officials trudged into the Sierras for California's third snowpack survey of the season Wedneday, and the results were among the best in years.

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 19, 2017

Worst of Drought Diminishes to 2 Percent in California

Worst of Drought Diminishes to 2 Percent in California

What a difference one of California's wettest winters in years makes.

Dec 6, 2016

Californians Reverse Backslide in Water Conservation

Californians Reverse Backslide in Water Conservation

Californians did a good job of saving water in October after some less-than-stellar months.

Mar 17, 2016

Drought Conditions Improve in Northern, Central California

Drought Conditions Improve in Northern, Central California

Drought conditions improved this week for some parts of California as the state nears the end of its rainy season.

Mar 1, 2016

Second Warmest February Closes Mountain High

Second Warmest February Closes Mountain High

Those hoping to hit the slopes have bad news coming for them -- unusually high temperatures this February have temporarily closed Mountain High resort in the San Gabriel Mountains through early March due to lack...

Apr 1, 2015

Nothing to Show for CA in Final Snowpack Measurement

Nothing to Show for CA in Final Snowpack Measurement

The final snowpack survey of the season was conducted Wednesday in drought-stricken California's Sierra Nevada Mountains and, as expected, the results illustrated the severity of the state's drought.

Mar 26, 2015

Meager Snowpack Hurts More than Ski Season

Meager Snowpack Hurts More than Ski Season

The season closures of many California ski areas before Easter break is a one sign of the meager snowpack that is a major source of the state's water.

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