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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

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

Could lake water from Alaska be shipped to L.A., Long Beach ports?

Could lake water from Alaska be shipped to L.A., Long Beach ports?

October 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm Comments are Disabled

California needs water. Blue Lake in Sitka, Alaska, has a lot. So a company that holds the rights to up to 9 billion gallons of the lake’s water is pitching an idea that would send some of it — via tanker ship — to the Golden State as it enduresRead More

California water savings fall slightly in August, still above 25 percent target

California water savings fall slightly in August, still above 25 percent target

October 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm Comments are Disabled

A hot and dry August resulted in a 4 percent decrease in water savings from the previous month as compared to the same months in 2013, state water officials reported Thursday. Water conservation dropped from a high in July of 31.4 percent to nearly 27 percent in August. At theRead More

How much rain will it take to end California’s drought?

How much rain will it take to end California’s drought?

October 13, 2015 at 10:31 am Comments are Disabled

To nudge California out of drought territory, it will take almost double the amount of rain that falls in a normal year during the upcoming rainy season that starts in less than two weeks, according to a recent analysis prepared by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologists. As flood-control channelsRead 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

With El Nino threatening to turn California’s drought into drenching winter, worries mount

With El Nino threatening to turn California’s drought into drenching winter, worries mount

September 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Among all the apocalyptic disasters that Californians routinely prepare for — earthquake, drought, wildfire, carmageddon — the most welcome is rain, even though giant El Niño events like the one currently massing in the Pacific can bring their own set of calamities: flooding, mudslides, carmageddon with hydroplaning. After four yearsRead More