Southern California

Freak winter storm brings hail, funnel clouds to Southern California but little drought relief

Freak winter storm brings hail, funnel clouds to Southern California but little drought relief

March 5, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Surf City USA, aka Huntington Beach, received a white dusting of hail Monday, just one aspect of a freak winter weather event that unleashed scattered thunderstorms and dropped snowflakes in the local mountains but failed to end the drought. The second storm to land in Southern California in several daysRead More

As drought dwindles water supply, Californians still like pools, lawns

As drought dwindles water supply, Californians still like pools, lawns

March 2, 2015 at 9:46 am 1 comment

Patrick Lim and his family are six months into their pursuit of the American Dream. So far it’s been a frustrating endeavor with sticker shock now an obstacle in addition to the market’s slim pickings. Those choices would be even slimmer if Lim were to rule out houses with whatRead More

This California city is being used to determine a better way to inform the public on climate change

This California city is being used to determine a better way to inform the public on climate change

February 25, 2015 at 2:27 pm Comments are Disabled

In today’s world, science — once considered sacrosanct — can get tossed into the centrifuge of social media and spun into a thousand different opinions. For example, some parents ignore doctors and instead listen to bloggers when they refuse to vaccinate their children. Many folks, including 56 percent of congressionalRead More

Southern California used 23 percent less water in December 2014

Southern California used 23 percent less water in December 2014

February 4, 2015 at 9:26 am Comments are Disabled

Southern Californians used 23 percent less water in December compared with the year before, the most water saved since the state declared a drought emergency last June, according to data released Tuesday by the State Water Resources Board. The December milestone marks the first time the state met Gov. JerryRead More

Looking for water wherever it can, Los Angeles targets freeways

January 13, 2015 at 5:38 pm Comments are Disabled

As Los Angeles looks for any way it can to save water, City Council members turned their attention Wednesday to how Caltrans irrigates its landscaping along freeways. And they found a willing partner. Caltrans offered assurances Wednesday that it tries to use as much recycled water as is available forRead More

Inland Empire water agencies shoring up supply for times of drought

Inland Empire water agencies shoring up supply for times of drought

January 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm Comments are Disabled

Two Inland Empire water wholesale agencies, just like most consumers, are tired of dealing with the impact of drought. So the agencies are spending many millions of dollars to make sure they get better use of the water they have on hand and to capture most of the rain thatRead More

Few flowers from drought-plagued California on Rose Parade floats

Few flowers from drought-plagued California on Rose Parade floats

January 1, 2015 at 5:28 pm Comments are Disabled

PASADENA >> As California’s record-breaking drought moves into its fourth year, the Rose Parade rings in the New Year with lavish displays of flowers and foliage. The Rose Parade was created 125 years ago to showcase California’s fresh-cut flowers when much of the nation lay covered in snow. Today four out ofRead More

Winter storm could bring snow to Southern California mountains, deserts

Winter storm could bring snow to Southern California mountains, deserts

December 30, 2014 at 9:18 am Comments are Disabled

What is being predicted as the coldest storm so far this winter season is headed directly for the Southland on Tuesday, threatening snowfall and hazardous travel conditions in the Antelope Valley, high desert regions of San Bernardino County and at low elevations in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino NationalRead More

California needs 11 trillion gallons of rain to end drought, JPL says

California needs 11 trillion gallons of rain to end drought, JPL says

December 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm Comments are Disabled

PASADENA >> Although December storms have provided the Southland with above-average rainfall, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists said it will still take about 11 trillion gallons of water — about 1.5 times the volume of America’s largest reservoir — to recover from California’s long-standing drought. In other words, rain wouldRead More

December rainfall breaks records but California needs more to escape drought

December rainfall breaks records but California needs more to escape drought

December 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm Comments are Disabled

Record December rainfall has shaken the dust off California’s four-year drought by piling up snowpack in the Sierras and returning flows to near-empty reservoirs. But a forecast of dry, sunny weather for the next 10 days has left drought-watchers concerned that the old weather pattern — a stubborn high-pressure ridgeRead More