Environment

El Nino: 5 tips for preparing for a wet winter

El Nino: 5 tips for preparing for a wet winter

September 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm Comments are Disabled

After four years of drought, Californians could soon be contending with a wet winter as one of the strongest El Niños on record is brewing in the Pacific Ocean. Here are five tips for preparing for the possibility of a season of heavy storms: 1) Have any trees that appearRead More

Fire officials tell some residents not to abandon watering amid drought

Fire officials tell some residents not to abandon watering amid drought

September 15, 2015 at 1:09 pm Comments are Disabled

Brown lawns and the electronic freeway signs are reminders the state is still in the throes of a devastating four-year drought, but some residents were reminded they shouldn’t altogether abandon outdoor watering. About 52,100 residents in hillside neighborhoods have received notices asking them to water plants and vegetation in advanceRead More

When the wells run dry: California neighbors cope in drought

When the wells run dry: California neighbors cope in drought

September 4, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

TULARE >> Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets on the bare dirt of his yard. It’s his daily ritual now, in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma’s epic Dust Bowl drought. But only a trickle came out; then aRead More

California Drought: Parts of Central Valley sinking 2 inches a month

California Drought: Parts of Central Valley sinking 2 inches a month

August 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Parts of the great San Joaquin Valley are sinking almost 2 inches every month, as the state’s subterranean water supply is being drained to record lows by farms and towns coping with the devastating drought. On Wednesday, the most comprehensive study yet of the problem revealed the startling pace 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

Drought sets up ’emergency situation’ for California’s trees

Drought sets up ’emergency situation’ for California’s trees

August 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm Comments are Disabled

The rush to save water is claiming legions of unintended casualties — California’s trees. Specimens that have stood tall and strong for decades are stressed and dying because of the drought, as Californians turn off spigots to comply with Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandatory conservation measures. All over the state —Read 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

Is California drought to blame for spread of West Nile virus?

Is California drought to blame for spread of West Nile virus?

July 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Laura Jaramillo woke up one morning in the summer of 2005 and sensed something was horribly wrong. After going to the hospital, she fell into a coma and spent six weeks fighting for her life — waking up to find her right side paralyzed. Doctors were baffled until they discoveredRead 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

Unseasonable rain and snow has ‘virtually no impact’ on California drought

Unseasonable rain and snow has ‘virtually no impact’ on California drought

May 14, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Although Southern California travelers braved downpours and slick roads last Thursday night and mountain residents woke up Friday to a wintry dusting of snow, experts say the storm will have no effect on the drought. “It has virtually no impact on the drought,” said Doug Carlson, spokesman for the stateRead More