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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

10 books about drought: A reading list for parched Southern Californians

10 books about drought: A reading list for parched Southern Californians

September 30, 2015 at 10:07 am Comments are Disabled

Summer may be almost over but the heat and the drought continue with no sign yet of the much anticipated El Niño. The headlines and sound bites offer only a drop in the bucket when it comes to understanding our serious drought, so here’s my list of required drought-related reading.Read 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

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

Los Angeles County government cut water use after all

Los Angeles County government cut water use after all

September 17, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

After revising a critical report on water consumption, Los Angeles County government officials say their facilities used 7.4 percent less water in fiscal year 2015 than in fiscal year 2014. They blamed inflated estimates and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power billing problems for an August report that showedRead More

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

Drought is killing California’s hydroelectric power. Can solar make up the difference?

Drought is killing California’s hydroelectric power. Can solar make up the difference?

September 16, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

Snowmelt entering Big Creek’s hydroelectric powerhouses has slowed to a trickle. Reservoirs sit at their lowest levels ever. The 102-year-old central-California complex owned and operated by Southern California Edison lost 80 percent of its hydroelectric power this year, a direct result of a persistent drought that has wiped clean theRead 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

Wet winter may not develop

Wet winter may not develop

September 4, 2015 at 3:58 pm Comments are Disabled

The editors at the Farmers’ Almanac have good and bad news for Californians. The good news? It’s going to be a mild winter. The bad? It’s going to be another dry one.