california drought

Record-setting heat pushes into Southern California; Fullerton hottest spot in the nation

Record-setting heat pushes into Southern California; Fullerton hottest spot in the nation

Highs were 15 to 18 degrees warmer on Thursday, but should dip into the low to mid 70's by Saturday, meteorologists said.
California Drought: Northern California experiencing driest February since 1864

California Drought: Northern California experiencing driest February since 1864

Historically dry weather in February has caused more of California to tip into "moderate drought" conditions this week than at any time since January 2019, raising concerns about a bad fire year this
Anderson Dam: Water shortages not expected in Silicon Valley this summer, officials say

Anderson Dam: Water shortages not expected in Silicon Valley this summer, officials say

A stunning federal order to drain Anderson Dam, Santa Clara County's largest reservoir, due to earthquake safety concerns, won't cause water shortages this summer, officials said Tuesday.
Breaking: Feds order Anderson Reservoir to be drained due to earthquake risk

Breaking: Feds order Anderson Reservoir to be drained due to earthquake risk

Anderson Reservoir, the largest reservoir in Silicon Valley, must be completely drained starting Oct. 1 due to the risk of the 70-year-old dam collapsing in an earthquake, federal officials have
Community Services goes native for Cupertino garden project

Community Services goes native for Cupertino garden project

The grounds of West Valley Community Services got spruced up on Feb. 15, though no spruce was used in the planting of a water-efficient garden in front of the WVCS building on Vista Drive in
New California drought report shows dry areas expanding with no rain in forecast

New California drought report shows dry areas expanding with no rain in forecast

Concerns that California may be heading toward another drought are increasing, as more than half of the state is now "abnormally dry," according to a new federal report out Thursday.
President Trump delivers on water pledge for wealthy California farmers

President Trump delivers on water pledge for wealthy California farmers

Hoisting the spoils of victories in California’s hard-fought water wars, President Donald Trump is directing more of the state’s precious water to wealthy farmers and other agriculture interests when
Photos: See how sparse the Sierra Nevada snowpack looks compared to last year

Photos: See how sparse the Sierra Nevada snowpack looks compared to last year

Two NASA satellite images show a dramatic difference in the Sierra Nevada snowpack this week compared to a year ago at this time.
Drought conditions returning to California, new report shows

Drought conditions returning to California, new report shows

Driven by week after week of unusually dry weather, the federal government on Thursday classified nearly 10% of California as being back in a drought for the first time since last year.
Sierra Nevada snowpack declining after dry January

Sierra Nevada snowpack declining after dry January

The Sierra Nevada snowpack provides nearly one-third of California's water supply. After a dry January, the snowpack is now roughly 70% of normal, but two more months of winter remain.
How the atmospheric river storm affected Bay Area rain totals

How the atmospheric river storm affected Bay Area rain totals

Bay Area rain drenched the coastal hills and improved the annual rainfall totals for Bay Area cities, which had been very low so far this autumn.
Shifting Winds and the Changing Shape of California Fires

Shifting Winds and the Changing Shape of California Fires

Climate change might actually make the Santa Ana winds later and milder in the south, but the dry grass and delayed rain mean that the fires will still come.
San Francisco Bay study gives 20-year window into marine life, climate impacts

San Francisco Bay study gives 20-year window into marine life, climate impacts

A 20-year-old study by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Tiburon is giving priceless data about the changing nature of the bay's wildlife, especially in the face of a changing climate.
$100 million desalination project to be led by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

$100 million desalination project to be led by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

The new National Alliance for Water Innovation will seek to use scientific research to bring down the cost of ocean desalination and other alternative water supply sources.
Environment report out on new $1 billion dam proposed for Santa Clara County

Environment report out on new $1 billion dam proposed for Santa Clara County

The Pacheco Resevoir project would be the largest new dam built anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area in 20 years.
Lake Tahoe shows stunning improvement in water clarity over past year

Lake Tahoe shows stunning improvement in water clarity over past year

The visibility of Lake Tahoe's waters improved by 10 feet from 2017 to 2018, scientists from UC Davis reported Thursday, noting that the end of California's 2012-17 drought played a key role.
Keep conserving, officials say, San Bernardino valley groundwater basins are ‘historically low’

Keep conserving, officials say, San Bernardino valley groundwater basins are ‘historically low’

Communities from Fontana to Yucaipa and even Riverside rely on water from these basins.
Drought, schmrought, California water experts already fret the next dry year and still preach conservation

Drought, schmrought, California water experts already fret the next dry year and still preach conservation

For the first time in eight years, no drought is present in California. Rainfall and runoff are feeding reservoirs and ground water systems. Yet water managers still preach conservation as the weather
California’s colorful super blooms, in pictures

California’s colorful super blooms, in pictures

Winter showers bring super March flowers.
Here’s how much recent rains have washed away California’s drought

Here’s how much recent rains have washed away California’s drought

Less than 1 percent of California is still classified as being in a moderate drought, according to a new federal report out Thursday.The last time that little of the state was in a drought was on Dec.