Post Tagged with: "El Nino"

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

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

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

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

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