Winter Storms Wash Away California Drought, Burnish SnowpackThe U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday that more than 87 percent of California was now free of any level of drought or unusual dryness. Just 2.3 percent — along the Oregon border — was in moderate drought, and the remainder was in a condition called abnormally dry.
18 Million Trees Died In California Since End Of DroughtFederal and state officials say that while tree mortality in the state has actually slowed since the drought was declared over in 2017-2018, the number of trees that have died across 9.7 million acres of federal, state, local and private land since 2010 has reached 147 million.
California’s Water Supply Below Normal, Snowpack Survey ShowsDespite steady rainfall from the recent winter storms, the Sierra snowpack is just 67 percent of its average.
Study Suggests Heat, Drought Triggered 2014 Napa Valley EarthquakeWhen the magnitude-6.0 earthquake hit the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in the summer of 2014, it killed one person, injured several hundred and caused more than $500 million in losses.
Dry California's Plunge Back Into Drought Slowed By New SnowfallThe storm piled snow by the foot in the mountains, forcing Department of Water Resources officials to postpone the measurement to today.
Cape Town, On Verge Of Running Out Of Water, Braces For 'Chaos'Scuffles have broken out at natural springs tapped for public use.
New Fears Of Another Drought Hang Over Season's First Snow MeasurementCalifornia's water managers are measuring as little as 3 percent of normal snowpack in areas of the Sierra Nevada mountains as they conduct the first manual surveys of the state's crucial winter snowfall.
White House Against $16B Calif. Water ProjectThe project consists of two 35-mile tunnels that would divert part of the Sacramento River to supply water to the Bay Area, central and Southern California.
Drought Over, Showers Back On At SoCal BeachesSurfers are stoked after showers at California state beaches that were turned off during the drought are flowing once again.
'Phenomenal' California Snowpack Nears Record DepthsA series of storms that doused the state in the first two months of the year brought the water content of the snowpack up to a "pretty phenomenal" 185 percent of normal, well above the 84 percent of normal a year ago.
California Finally Out Of Extreme DroughtAccording to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the last time California was not in extreme drought was in August 2013.
Orange County Ends Emergency Drought DeclarationThe Municipal Water District of Orange County voted to end the emergency drought conditions.
California At Heaviest Snowpack In 22 YearsRoaring storms that brought California almost a year's worth of snow and rain in a single month should make state water managers' Sierra snowpack survey Thursday a celebration, water experts say.
New Map Shows Mostly Southern California Counties Remain In Extreme DroughtThe map, dated Jan. 24, shows a large swath of Ventura County remains in extreme drought, along with the northern corner of Los Angeles County, a southern sliver of Kern County, and a southeastern portion of Santa Barbara.
More Storms To Hit Calif. As Drought RetreatsJust 2.1 percent of the state is now deemed to be in "exceptional drought."