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California's water managers will measure the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which supplies water to millions, Thursday during a mostly dry winter of above-average temperatures in the southern part of the state. Department of ... This year's conditions are a reminder of the state's cycle of drought and recovery.
With water resources so heavily managed, California is able to weather droughts reasonably well. Severe meteorological dryness can impact landscape and rangeland conditions while water supply conditions may be much better off. This makes it difficult to assess drought impacts. While some reservoirs ...

Grapevines are drought resistant enough that California's wineries may be able to dial back the irrigation and keep their plants alive, new research says. That's good news as the state heads into what looks to be another dry year. There is a catch, however: while the study suggests vines might survive a ...
California earthquakes are a geologic inevitability. The state straddles the North American and Pacific tectonic plates and is crisscrossed by the San Andreas and other active fault systems. The magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck off Alaska's Kodiak Island on Jan. 23, 2018 was just the latest reminder of ...
The 2017-18 wet season in California has been dry. As a result, Sierra snowpack is low for the time of year, rivaling 2014 and 2015. But the state's reservoirs remain rather high, thanks to last winter's heavy precipitation. Sierra snow droughts may become more common in the future, according to recent ...
In one study, researchers found that human-caused warming exacerbated California's drought between 2012 and 2014, and that climate change has substantially increased the likelihood of extreme droughts. Another team of scientists found in a 2016 study that extremely dry, hot years are occurring more ...

For major events, with magnitudes of seven or greater, California is actually in an earthquake drought. Multiple segments of the expansive San Andreas Fault system are now sufficiently stressed to produce large and damaging events. The good news is that earthquake readiness is part of the state's culture, ...
One silver lining for California's cities and farms is that the reservoir system can help get the state through a dry year. "But we never know what's coming next year. If we burn through the surplus this year … that means that we're much more susceptible to bigger drought impacts if we get a second or third dry ...
Unlike the winter of 2016-2017, this season is turning out quite dry for Southern California and the majority of the southwestern United States. While a seemingly endless string of warm, dry days may make travel and outdoor plans a breeze, this dry spell is threatening to become a prolonged drought.
SACRAMENTO (KPIX/KOVR) -- Devastation plagued California last year as the worst wildfire season on record ravaged the state. Scott McLean, with Cal Fire, knows the grim statistics all too well. "Nine thousand wildfires in 2017, burning over 1.5 million acres," McLean said. Of special concern is the high ...
They gathered this week at Sacramento's federal building on Capitol Mall, carrying protest signs and vowing to resist the Trump Administration's plan to pump more of Northern California's water through the Delta to the southern half of the state. The government "wants to suck our lifeblood dry," said Noah ...
The 2016-2017 water year was one of the wettest on record in California. While all that water in the system was enough to officially end the state's drought, its impact on endangered species is another story, especially when it comes to the Delta smelt. A survey conducted in October 2017 by state and ...
The millions of trees that died in the Sierra Nevada during California's five-year drought may have actually helped the state's water supply once the historic dry spell finally ended, according to a new study. scientists led by UC Merced's Sierra Nevada Research Institute examined how much water was being ...
"The severity of this drought created a unique circumstance that allowed us to make a natural experiment," said Edward Spang, associate director of the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency at UC Davis and the first author on the report. "We wanted to demonstrate that there were additional benefits to all the ...
Flurries aren't sticking, so there's no meltwater left to trickle down and resupply the region's waterways. California has turned to pumping groundwater to make up the difference, but aquifers are depleting too quickly to replenish themselves. (Read: "Could California's drought Last 200 Years?") droughts ...
Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, looks over a nearly snow barren meadow while conducting the first snow survey of the season at the Phillips Station snow course, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, near Echo Summit, Calif.
A series of persistent high pressure systems over the Pacific factored heavily in the five-year drought that ended last spring. The latest high pressure system produced one of California's driest Decembers on record, left the Sierra Nevada snowpack woefully thin and raised fears of a drier-than-average ...

An important reminder though: drought is not only based on SoCal rainfall. Northern California has the majority of reservoirs and the bulk of the snowpack. While we have been exceptionally dry, places like Sacramento have at least seen some rain. Right now Sacramento rainfall is at 43% of normal.
After a series of powerful atmospheric rivers brought the wettest rainy season on record to Northern California, brimming reservoirs became a symbol of the state's plentiful water reserves and the end of a five-year drought. Now that this year's season has started with below average precipitation and the ...
Fields and forests are still bouncing back. And the giant aquifers beneath much of California, which were overpumped during recent water shortages, remain frighteningly low. Skiers, meanwhile, risk going another year without a white Christmas in Tahoe. This week, the widely watched U.S. drought Monitor ...
Precipitation levels in Sacramento and most major California cities are below average for this time of year. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is just 37 percent of normal. The U.S. drought Monitor says about one-third of California is either facing moderate drought conditions or is abnormally dry, with all of the ...
When Sean Anderson and his students first went to check on how California's largest recorded wildfire was affecting animals, the fire was still burning. It gave the air an unsettling orange glow. "It made a really strange pall," says Anderson, an ecologist at the California State University-Channel Islands.
PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. -- It's been almost a year since Los Angeles residents felt any real rain, and precious little snow is in the Sierras, but water managers say it's too early to conclude that California is sliding back into a drought as abruptly as the state fell out of it. Water officials carry out the first of their ...
The obvious answers from fire officials: Santa Ana winds of up to 80 miles per hour swooping down and westward from the Southern California mountains, three years of the worst drought in state history and uncleared tinderbox brush that fuels the fire. But is there a bigger answer? Is this the handiwork of ...
A number of other studies have posited that California's recent drought had an anthropogenic component related to rising temperatures and that such occurrences are expected to increase in the future. "Our study identifies one more pathway by which human activities could affect the occurrence of future droughts over ...
Between 2012 - 2016 California was riddled with extreme drought. droughts in and of themselves aren't uncommon, but the our most recent one was likely made worse by human caused climate change, according to a paper written by A. Park Williams, a climate scientist at Columbia University. Although ...
Houseboats float Wednesday in a shrunken arm of Lake Oroville near Bidwell Canyon Marina. While the lake is at artificially drought-like levels now due to concerns about using the repaired Oroville dam main spillway, a new study suggests droughts may be more common here due to melting Arctic ice.
The rapid melting of Arctic sea ice has already been linked to warmer ocean temperatures and higher sea levels, and new research shows it could reduce rainfall in California, worsening future droughts in the state, NBC News reported. By the middle of the century, California's 20-year median for rainfall is ...
What happened to the rain? Less than a year after the drought was declared over, precipitation has been relatively scarce in the Sacramento area and Northern California so far this season. This week's cold snap is accompanied by a round of dry weather that's expected to last at least another 10 days.
Dying trees and shrubs have exacerbated the plight of Western pond turtles, California's only native freshwater turtle. "The roughly 200 pond turtles left in the Santa Monicas eat and reproduce in water, and spend much of their lives hunkered down in chaparral and leaf litter," Dagit said. "With fewer places ...
It was reportedly the deadliest in the state's history and fire conditions were aided by California's drought conditions. As of November, Southern California was experiencing only moderate drought conditions, but any dry conditions coupled with strong winds are enough to lead to a wildfire. (5 Things to Know ...
As fires rage in California, a new study indicates that the droughts that can fuel these fires are going to become more frequent in the coming decades -- thanks to melting glaciers. climate change ... The study stops short of attributing the recent 2012-2016 drought to the melting of Arctic sea ice. But the ...
The rapid melting of Arctic sea ice has already been linked to warmer ocean temperatures and higher sea levels, and new research shows it could reduce rainfall in California, worsening future droughts in the state, NBC News reported. By the middle of the century, California's 20-year median for rainfall is ...
The study stops short of attributing California's latest drought to changes in Arctic sea ice, partly because there are other phenomena that play a role, like warm sea surface temperatures and changes to the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, an atmospheric climate pattern that typically shifts every 20 to 30 years.
November 22, 2017 - With a few exceptions, dry weather dominated the contiguous 48 states this past week, particularly in areas already ...
California wants permanent crackdown on water waste ... "We are going to be seeing more droughts, more frequent droughts and more severe ... is concerned about some of the restrictions imposed during the recent drought.
Disastrous wildfires are popularly associated with drought. But the North ... Wet or dry, California will burn to one degree or another every year.
... to largely withstand the die-off that was prevalant in California forests, they ... scientists worry the giant sequoias may not survive future droughts and ... and thinning of trees plagued by drought and bark beetles, Bales says.
droughts and floods are both a part of life in California as 2017 has so clearly ... Senate Bill 5, known as the California drought, Water, Parks, ...
New Study Finds climate change, Drought Threaten Giant Sequoias ... a fixture of California's Sierra Nevada forests for the past 2.6 million years, ... trees are becoming increasingly vulnerable to multi-year droughts, which ...
The Uvas Creek is one of the watersheds in the Santa Clara Valley that experienced severe drought during California's recent water crisis.
The decline played out during California's most severe drought since the early 1990s, which led the state to require cities to cut their water use ...
The 2017 harvest across California is being hailed as excellent in a year that witnessed an end to a five-year drought as well as savage ...
California and the West have long experienced droughts, with the ... heat, water shortages, drought and other effects, the Lancet report states.
California's rainy season gets underway this weekend with more than 2 feet of snow in the Sierra, warnings about dangerous post-wildfire ...
If only one of these droughts sounds familiar, that may be because only one ... "The 2011-2016 California drought was unprecedented not only ...
As newspaper coverage of the California drought increased, so did ... of the two most recent California droughts in 2007-2009 and 2011-2016.
PLEASE NOTE - The drought Monitor reflects observed precipitation through Tuesday, 1200 UTC (8 am, EDT); any rain that fell after the ...
You're probably familiar with the recent 5-year drought in California. ... "For future droughts, there's no question that we learned that there is a ...
For instance, what experts classify as an unusually severe drought is ... of California's drought-stricken cities paid less for water than Seattle, ...


 

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