El Nino: Californians urged to buy flood insurance even if they’re not near water

El Nino: Californians urged to buy flood insurance even if they’re not near water

October 29, 2015 at 6:00 am Comments are Disabled

With the strongest El Niño conditions in nearly 20 years already underway in the Pacific Ocean and chances increasing for heavy storms this winter, federal emergency officials on Friday urged Californians to buy flood insurance — even those who don’t live near creeks or rivers. “We encourage everyone to takeRead More

El Nino: When will it start raining in California?

El Nino: When will it start raining in California?

October 26, 2015 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

One of the strongest El Niño winters ever recorded since modern records first began in 1950 continues to grow in the Pacific Ocean, federal scientists reported Thursday. So, with the likelihood for a wet winter increasing across drought-parched California, residents staring at empty reservoirs and dead lawns are asking: “WhenRead More

El Nino: Wet winter likely across California, not just in south, new report says

El Nino: Wet winter likely across California, not just in south, new report says

October 23, 2015 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

In the latest sign that El Niño conditions are likely to bring wet weather to drought-parched California, federal scientists on Thursday announced for the first time that the entire state — including the northern part of California from the Bay Area to the Oregon border — is now expected toRead More

California drought: Leaky water pipes losing billions of gallons targeted by new state law

California drought: Leaky water pipes losing billions of gallons targeted by new state law

October 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm Comments are Disabled

With California mired in the worst drought in state history, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law a measure aimed at reducing the billions of gallons of water lost every year across the state from leaks in aging and cracked water pipes in hundreds of city water systems. TheRead More

95 percent chance of El Nino conditions this winter, new data shows

95 percent chance of El Nino conditions this winter, new data shows

September 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm Comments are Disabled

As summer turns to fall, the El Niño conditions brewing in the Pacific Ocean continue to grow, increasing the chances of a wet winter in drought-stricken California, federal scientists reported Thursday.  There is now a 95 percent chance that El Niño conditions will continue through the end of this yearRead More

California fires: Worst may be yet to come as drought-parched landscape is primed to burn

California fires: Worst may be yet to come as drought-parched landscape is primed to burn

September 18, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

Summer officially ends next week, but California’s devastating wildfire season will almost certainly rage on. As of Monday, three enormous blazes — the Valley Fire in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties; the Rough Fire in the Sierra National Forest in Fresno County; and the Butte Fire, burning in Amador andRead More

More than 10,000 acres in Sierra Nevada protected in deal that aims to boost water supply, reduce fires

More than 10,000 acres in Sierra Nevada protected in deal that aims to boost water supply, reduce fires

August 25, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

More than 10,000 acres of scenic meadows, forests and trout streams in the Sierra Nevada 10 miles west of Lake Tahoe have been preserved in a deal in which environmentalists hope to prove that thinning out overgrown forests can increase California’s water supply. The Northern Sierra Partnership, an environmental groupRead More

Waves over-topping the seawall and flooding Beach Drive in Aptos during the 1983 El Nino winter. (Mercury News File Photo)

El Niño likely, but will it end California drought?

August 13, 2015 at 11:03 am Comments are Disabled

With wildfires raging and three months to go before the start of the winter rainy season, drought-stricken California received some promising news Thursday morning: growing El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean are not dissipating and continue to gain momentum, increasing with every passing week the chances of desperately neededRead More

El Niño weather event is biggest since 1997, may trigger soaking winter storms

El Niño weather event is biggest since 1997, may trigger soaking winter storms

July 16, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

As Pacific Ocean temperatures continue to warm and trade winds shift, federal scientists now say that the El Niño weather event that’s emerging could be one of the strongest on record. With California desperate for relief from its punishing four-year drought, the trend is significantly increasing the chances that stormsRead More

California drought: Hundreds turn out to oppose San Jose Water Company’s strict drought rules

California drought: Hundreds turn out to oppose San Jose Water Company’s strict drought rules

June 10, 2015 at 10:51 am Comments are Disabled

SAN JOSE — Despite an outcry from hundreds of residents, San Jose Water Company officials say they are sticking with their plan to impose some of the state’s strictest water conservation rules on more than 1 million people across Silicon Valley starting June 15. More than 350 people turned outRead More