California drought News

Dry Spell Raises Concern of Drought’s Return in California

It’s been almost a year since Los Angeles residents felt any real rain, and precious little snow is in the Sierras, but water managers say it’s too early for fears that California is sliding back into drought as abruptly as …

Surging Western U.S. Rivers Raise Drowning Fears

Massive waterfalls in Yosemite National Park and rivers raging in mountains throughout the western United States are thundering with greater force than they have for years – and proving deadly as warm weather melts the deepest mountain snowpack in recent …

Officials Maintain Conservation Message Despite California’s Drought Divide

Among the changing red and yellow fall leaves of Yosemite National Park, nature artist Penny Otwell is marveling at the fullest rushing waterfalls and rivers she’s ever painted there in autumn. But down in the dry Southern California suburbs, David …

Researchers Say California Drought Recovery Could Take 4 Years

It could take California four years to recover from the most severe drought on record, even if the next several winters bring above-normal snowfall to the Sierra Nevada, researchers said Tuesday releasing a study. One winter of El Nino storms …

Hope for El Nino Drenching Southern California With Rain Continues

Even though Southern California hasn’t gotten the drought-busting rainy windfall some might have expected from El Nino, federal scientists hold out hope for the next several weeks. Central and Northern California have gotten more heavy rain, especially in recent weeks. …

El Nino Has Yet to Dampen Drought-Stricken California

Ed Heinlein surveys the steep mountainside that has repeatedly unleashed tons of mud into the backyard of his Southern California home since a 2014 wildfire and still hopes the drought-stricken state gets more rain. “We have to have the rain,” …

EL Nino and La Nina to Cause More Frequent, Severe Droughts in California

In the future, the Pacific Ocean’s temperature cycles could disrupt more than just December fishing. A study published in Nature Communications suggests that the weather patterns known as El Nino and La Nina could lead to at least a doubling …

Water Thieves Target California Hydrants

Contra Costa County officials are looking at raising the fine for stealing water from $25 to $250 after residents reported seeing people tapping into fire hydrants late at night, a crime that appears to be on the rise amid California’s …

California Drought Causing Early Wildfire Risk

California‚Äôs worst drought in decades is feeding what may become a devastating wildfire season, one that is starting about five months early. Extremely dry conditions have sparked 487 wildfires so far in 2014, compared with only 2 for the same …