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EL NIÑO & THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT

Downtown L.A.'s five-year rain total is lowest ever recorded

Los Angeles has chalked up yet another dreary milestone in its growing almanac of drought. On Wednesday, experts at the National Weather Service confirmed that the last five years have been the driest ever documented in downtown L.A. since official record keeping began almost 140 years ago.  Having...

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  • Cooler weather aids wildfire battle in Angeles National Forest and some evacuations are lifted

    Cooler weather aids wildfire battle in Angeles National Forest and some evacuations are lifted

    Hundreds of Duarte residents who were evacuated this week as a pair of wildfires burned in the Angeles National Forest will be allowed to return home Wednesday afternoon, officials said.  Improved weather conditions have aided firefighters battling the Reservoir and Fish fires in the San Gabriel...

  • It will take years of wet weather before California recovers from drought, study finds

    It will take years of wet weather before California recovers from drought, study finds

    When forecasters last year warned of a massive El Niño, some Californians held out hope that a single extremely wet year could bust the state’s severe drought.    But a study published Tuesday in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, offered support for the...

  • Twin fires burn more than 4,500 acres and trigger evacuations in San Gabriel Valley

    Twin fires burn more than 4,500 acres and trigger evacuations in San Gabriel Valley

    Two sprawling wildfires tore through at least 4,500 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains on Monday, and only a canyon prevented the blazes from merging into one massive inferno, fire officials said. The two brush fires broke out in Azusa and Duarte amid a blistering heat wave, forcing the evacuation of...

  • 122 degrees: Palm Springs breaks record — and it could get hotter

    122 degrees: Palm Springs breaks record — and it could get hotter

    Every so often someone walks into the Palm Springs Visitors Center raring to burn through hiking trails like they're British adventurer and TV personality Bear Grylls. For those people, Ceej Juarez, who provides information about hiking trails in the Agua Caliente Indian reservation, has to be...

  • Dangerous fires, extreme heat across Southern California

    Dangerous fires, extreme heat across Southern California

    A massive heat wave descended on Southern California on Sunday, bringing record-breaking temperatures and fueling fires throughout the region, including one in Silver Lake that threatened homes and forced the closure of the 2 Freeway for several hours. Temperatures hit triple-digits in several...

  • Heat wave shatters temperature records across Southern California

    Heat wave shatters temperature records across Southern California

    A sweltering heat wave baked Southern California on Sunday, bringing triple-digit temperatures to some areas and shattering records that in some cases held for decades. The National Weather Service issued a list of record-setting temperatures in cities across the Southland. Here’s a selection: ...

  • Temperatures soar as Southern California's heat wave intensifies

    Temperatures soar as Southern California's heat wave intensifies

    High temperatures are expected to continue Sunday as Southern California’s heat wave intensifies, according to the National Weather Service.  Forecasters say the weather system that has been building over Southern California is strengthening and will cause temperatures to keep climbing higher. ...

  • Forecast for Southern California: Hot this weekend, even hotter Monday

    Forecast for Southern California: Hot this weekend, even hotter Monday

    A sweltering heat wave will broil Southern California this weekend and early next week, prompting heat alerts and excessive-heat watches for some areas, according to the National Weather Service. “It will be very hot,” said Joe Sirard, a meteorologist with the service. “People should limit their...

  • Rare toads (presumably) love him; off-roaders do not

    Rare toads (presumably) love him; off-roaders do not

    Cantankerous outlaws and merciless nature are out to kill the arroyo toads of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Like an ecological John Wayne, Sam Sweet — a big man with a beard and ponytail who at one point in his controversial career packed a .44 magnum — has spent his life trying to protect...

  • Scorching heat wave headed for Southern California this weekend

    Scorching heat wave headed for Southern California this weekend

    June gloom will give way to triple-digit temperatures by Monday as a heat wave envelopes Southern California over the weekend, forecasters say. It has been cool in the region so far this month. The average temperature in downtown Los Angeles has been 68 degrees. But the mercury will begin rising...

  • Gloomy weather expected to continue through the weekend

    Gloomy weather expected to continue through the weekend

    Fog and drizzle are forecast for much of Southern California through the weekend as a low-pressure system moves through the region, bringing with it a chance of thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. Not strong enough to be considered a “cold front,” a “trough of low-pressure”...

  • State water board drops record $1.5-million drought fine

    State water board drops record $1.5-million drought fine

    State water regulators Tuesday dismissed a record $1.5-million fine against a Northern California irrigation district accused of diverting water last year in violation of a drought order. The action is the latest twist in the state’s attempts to assert control over water diversions by agricultural...

  • Water conservation has saved energy, cut greenhouse gas emissions, study finds

    Water conservation has saved energy, cut greenhouse gas emissions, study finds

    As debate continues in San Diego County and around the state over how aggressively to conserve water amid a historic drought, a new study finds that reductions in urban water use have saved significant amounts of electricity and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The analysis, published by UC Davis,...

  • Drought sparks larger wildfires throughout California

    Drought sparks larger wildfires throughout California

    Firefighters are tackling larger and more aggressive wildfires as drought conditions continue for a fifth year in California, drying out swaths of forest land. Raging wildfires in Northern and Southern California kept firefighters busy over the weekend, pushing the number of acres burned so far...

  • California's drought: How Trump's blustering caricatured a genuine crisis

    California's drought: How Trump's blustering caricatured a genuine crisis

    Of all the mistakes, misstatements, and assorted bloviations issuing from Donald Trump during the current presidential campaign, surely one of the leading head-scratchers is his May 27 assertion to the effect that “there is no drought” in California. Let’s consider a fuller quote from Trump’s appearance...

  • Calabasas fire is 80% contained

    Calabasas fire is 80% contained

    A fire in the hills of Calabasas that broke out Saturday and prompted evacuations and burned more than 500 acres is 80% contained, officials said Sunday.  The fire, which broke out shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday, damaged one home and destroyed one commercial building, fire officials said. Two firefighters...

  • Do drought-related water restrictions take precedence over lease requirements?

    QUESTION: I rent a house that’s located in a Torrance-area homeowner association. My landlord has referred to the rental agreement that I signed as the “standard real estate form” published by a trade association and used by real estate brokers. In that form there’s a paragraph stating: “Tenants...

  • Southern California heat wave continues, but cooler temperatures are on the way

    Southern California heat wave continues, but cooler temperatures are on the way

    The three-day heat wave oppressing many of the inland valleys and foothills of Southern California is expected to let up on Sunday, but not before a brush fire caused some tense moments in the Temecula area Saturday, Since Thursday, a ridge of high pressure has warmed Southern California, prompting...

  • Will lethal Texas flooding stop? Not anytime soon

    Will lethal Texas flooding stop? Not anytime soon

    Scores of residents in this Houston suburb were evacuating as another round of storms descended on southeast Texas, driving floodwaters into roads and homes -- some for the third time in two months. Among those forced to flee when his home flooded was barber Irvineo Reyes, 83. “We never expected...

  • Bernie Sanders looks for success in an 'unbelievable' place: California's Central Valley

    Bernie Sanders looks for success in an 'unbelievable' place: California's Central Valley

    The long road Bernie Sanders traveled Sunday took him past Buck Owens Boulevard and Merle Haggard Drive, past thousands of acres of grape vines and almond trees, past cattle barns and packing plants and banners declaring that “no water = no food.” This great expanse, the southern end of the Central...

  • You can thank the drought for improved water quality at Southern California beaches

    You can thank the drought for improved water quality at Southern California beaches

    Water quality at Southern California beaches has shown marked improvement for the second year in a row in what experts say is a continuing byproduct of the severe drought that has cut polluted runoff into the Pacific Ocean. About 97% of Southern California beaches received an A or B grade for water...

  • Northern California hit by more rain and snow

    Northern California hit by more rain and snow

    It's already late May. But parts of Northern California got another blast of rain and snow this weekend, helping the state's drought relief efforts. A spring storm dropped rain in parts of Northern California on Saturday afternoon, but it was less severe than the one a day earlier that dumped up...

  • California board allows water districts to set their own conservation targets

    California board allows water districts to set their own conservation targets

    For its first four years, the California drought spread its pain across most corners of the state. The great peaks of the Sierra Nevada were snow-deprived. Central Valley agricultural fields lay fallow. And the trademark green lawns of Southern California suburbia slowly turned brown. But this...

  • Testy exchange over 'millionaires tax' to reduce homelessness exposes a rift among county supervisors

    Testy exchange over 'millionaires tax' to reduce homelessness exposes a rift among county supervisors

    A majority bloc of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has split over how best to fund a wide-ranging plan to reduce homelessness. Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda Solis — both labor-backed Democrats who are typically political allies — got into a heated exchange during two hearings last week...

  • Protesters stage sit-in at Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility

    Protesters stage sit-in at Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility

    About 20 environmental activists staged a sit-in Sunday afternoon at the entrance to the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in the San Fernando Valley, calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to keep it closed permanently. The Southern California Gas Co. facility has drawn national attention...

  • State found lapses in infection control at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai

    State found lapses in infection control at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai

    After "super bug" outbreaks last year involving a hard-to-clean medical scope, state health inspectors descended on two of Los Angeles’ largest hospitals and found numerous safety violations that appeared to put far more patients at risk. At UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, the state declared...

  • 2 found dead in Oxnard home

    2 found dead in Oxnard home

    A man and woman were found dead of gunshot wounds in an Oxnard home Saturday afternoon, police said. Oxnard police said Saul Lemus, 47, and Sinia Lemus, 35, were found dead in a residence on the 5400 block of Barrymore Drive. The deaths are being investigated as homicides, but no suspect has been...

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