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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...

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?
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.

Feb 3, 2017

'State of Extremes': What to Make of California's Weather

'State of Extremes': What to Make of California's Weather

California is a state of extremes when it comes to precipitation, which has alternated between drought and excessive rain throughout recorded history.

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.

Nov 28, 2017
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By Jonathan Lloyd

Then and Now: Dramatic Photos of CA's Drought and Recovery

Historically dry winters combined with years of below-average rainfall took a...View gallery

  • Folsom Lake
  • Folsom Lake
  • Folsom Lake
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...

Oct 15, 2015

El Nino's 'Strong Influence' Might Ease CA Drought

El Nino's 'Strong Influence' Might Ease CA Drought

Weather systems influenced by El Nino will bring above-average rainfall, but not necessarily the much-needed snowfall that parched California needs to improve long-term drought conditions, according to...

Aug 14, 2015

El Niño Forecast Reaches 'Very Strong' Category

El Niño Forecast Reaches 'Very Strong' Category

The most recent forecasts show El Niño reaching the "very strong" category this winter.

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Drought Impacts Map: Use this interactive map to see how the drought has affected agriculture, energy, plants and wildlife, water supply, industry and fire hazard.

 

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