Drought, climate change threatening winter, way of life in Lake Tahoe

Drought, climate change threatening winter, way of life in Lake Tahoe

March 18, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

TAHOE CITY — There’s something disconcerting about life at Lake Tahoe these days. It’s still winter, but visitors are renting bikes instead of snowshoes and kayaks instead of skis. Come summer — without last-ditch torrential rains — the lake level is expected to be at such a historic low thatRead More

This was the driest January ever for California’s Bay Area

This was the driest January ever for California’s Bay Area

January 30, 2015 at 10:28 am Comments are Disabled

For the first time ever, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento have recorded no rainfall for the month of January — nada drop. San Jose has receiveda record-low .02 inches, and no rain is forecast for at least a week. Adding more ominous news to California’s historic drought, the Bay Area’sRead More

Drought, then deluge pits neighbor against neighbor over water rates

December 30, 2014 at 9:23 am Comments are Disabled

LOS GATOS — All this rain is causing a revolt in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s a little one, in a little neighborhood of 118 households. But the tensions are deeper than the slowly rising Lexington Reservoir just below, and as turbulent as Los Gatos Creek after a month ofRead More

Rain level in this drought-stricken Bay Area region now ‘normal’

Rain level in this drought-stricken Bay Area region now ‘normal’

November 2, 2014 at 11:00 am Comments are Disabled

A meteorologist at the National Weather Service, now long retired, used to say that the rainy season starts with the World Series and ends with spring training. Well, the season’s first significant storm, which started with a downpour during the San Francisco Giants’ World Series championship parade on Friday, gaveRead More

Los Gatos nudist camp accused of stealing water from open space district

Los Gatos nudist camp accused of stealing water from open space district

September 14, 2014 at 11:41 am Comments are Disabled

LOS GATOS — Rangers from an open space district in the wooded hills above Los Gatos descended upon a neighboring nudist camp Thursday, accused its residents of stealing water and ripped out an upstream water line that has helped keep the resort open during California’s drought. In a civil butRead More

No clothing, little water at California nudist colony hit by drought

No clothing, little water at California nudist colony hit by drought

September 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm Comments are Disabled

LOS GATOS — At least there’s enough water left for skinny-dipping. Barely. Lupin Lodge, the clothing-optional resort in the parched wooded hills above Los Gatos, is perilously close to running out of water. So close that it’s landed on California’s official drought-watch list as one of five community water districtsRead More