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El Nino packs no punch during dry February in Southern California

El Nino packs no punch during dry February in Southern California

March 3, 2016 at 10:29 am Comments are Disabled

LOS ANGELES — Ed Heinlein surveys the steep mountainside that has repeatedly unleashed tons of mud into the backyard of his Azusa home since a 2014 wildfire and still hopes the drought-stricken state gets more rain. “We have to have the rain,” said Heinlein, whose home east of Los AngelesRead More

Snowpack looks good, more needed to overcome drought

Snowpack looks good, more needed to overcome drought

December 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm Comments are Disabled

Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada was 16 inches deeper than normal for this time of year, a good indicator that winter storms are already making a dent in the punishing drought that left California with record-low water supplies for the past four years, state officials reported Wednesday. The first humanRead More

Drought drives bears into California town, and even Capt. Kirk is feeling it

Drought drives bears into California town, and even Capt. Kirk is feeling it

November 9, 2015 at 12:19 pm Comments are Disabled

THREE RIVERS, Calif. — Tourists and animal lovers hoping to see a bear in Sequoia National Park this fall probably stand a better chance of spotting one in this tiny town at the park’s entrance. And even TV’s Capt. Kirk is feeling the pain of hungry bears run amuck. ThreeRead More

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

LA Aqueduct flows after dam built for drought is dismantled

LA Aqueduct flows after dam built for drought is dismantled

October 28, 2015 at 3:31 pm Comments are Disabled

OLANCHA, Calif. (AP) — Water in the aqueduct that helped fuel Los Angeles’ growth was flowing toward the city Wednesday for the first time in six months after workers removed an earthen and concrete dam that had diverted runoff to the parched Owens Valley. With little mountain runoff due toRead 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

Evidence mounts for El Nino that could ease California drought

Evidence mounts for El Nino that could ease California drought

October 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm Comments are Disabled

LOS ANGELES >> Evidence is mounting that the El Nino ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California, potentially easing the state’s punishing drought but also bringing the risk of chaotic storms like those that battered the region in the late 1990s. In the clearest warningRead More

California craft beer brewers balance drafts and drought

California craft beer brewers balance drafts and drought

October 16, 2015 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

FALLBROOK >> Amid severe drought, the water board in this Southern California town imposed restrictions on Fallbrook Brewing Co., just as the tiny brewer doubled capacity to meet demand for its craft beers. To cut monthly water use by about 10 percent, owner Chuck McLaughlin bought an extra 310-gallon tankRead More