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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...

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.

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.

Mar 31, 2016

With Deeper Snowpack, CA Prepares to Ease Goals

With Deeper Snowpack, CA Prepares to Ease Goals

The supposed rainy season once again was drier than normal for southern California, but wetter conditions to the north have re-filled reservoirs and built a snowpack that is 87percent of normal, enough...

Mar 30, 2016

Snowpack Improves, But No 'One-Shot Wonder'

Snowpack Improves, But No 'One-Shot Wonder'

State drought surveyors trudged through deep snow Wednesday to manually measure what turned out to be close to a normal Sierra Nevada snowpack for this time of year.

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

Warm February Melts Hopes for Drought Relief

Warm February Melts Hopes for Drought Relief

California will need another "March Miracle" for significant drought relief after a statewide survey shows snowpack at only 83 percent of the March 1 average.

Jan 14, 2016

'Exceptional' Drought Improves Only 2 Percent

'Exceptional' Drought Improves Only 2 Percent

More than 42 percent of California remains under exceptional drought after last week's storms.

Dec 30, 2015

'It's a Start': California Snowpack Higher Than Normal

'It's a Start': California Snowpack Higher Than Normal

The water content of the statewide snowpack in drought-stricken California was 105 percent of normal Wednesday when officials took the winter's first manual survey -- an encouraging result after nearly no...

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