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El Niño & the California Drought

Camarillo brushfire fed by Santa Ana winds threatens structures

Firefighters in Ventura County were coping with strong winds as they battled a brush fire Sunday night that was threatening buildings. The blaze broke out about 8:15 p.m. in the 1400 block of Avenida De Aprisa in Camarillo, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. By 8:40 p.m., the two-alarm...

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  • Surf could reach 20 feet as another round of powerful waves hits Southern California

    Surf could reach 20 feet as another round of powerful waves hits Southern California

    High surf, with waves possibly larger than 20 feet, will pummel Central and Southern California beaches through Saturday night, according to forecasters. The powerful surf will probably excite surfers looking to catch a large wave, but forecasters warn that ocean conditions could be dangerous for...

  • California's snowpack is deepest in five years after recent storms

    California's snowpack is deepest in five years after recent storms

    California’s current snowpack is the deepest it has been in five years -- a modest, yet encouraging milestone in a period of prolonged drought.   Readings of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday showed water content statewide was 18.7 inches, or 115% of the historical average for that date, according...

  • Is El Niño wimping out in Southern California? Not quite

    Is El Niño wimping out in Southern California? Not quite

    Los Angeles is facing sunshine and warmth this week even as El Niño remains strong 1,000 to 2,000 miles south of California. It’s the third week without big storms this month. But El Niño is not wimping out. Here's what’s going on:  Why hasn’t El Niño brought us rain already in Los Angeles? Put...

  • California has so far gotten a break from the flu, and it might be helped by the weather

    California has so far gotten a break from the flu, and it might be helped by the weather

    Two years ago, influenza killed 146 Californians between October and late January. When the flu season ended months later, more than 400 people had died of the infection — an outbreak the state rated "moderately severe." After a huge improvement last year — the season's death toll plummeted to...

  • East Coast begins digging out from mountains of snow left by blizzard

    East Coast begins digging out from mountains of snow left by blizzard

    One of the fiercest blizzards to strike the eastern United States in decades moved offshore Sunday, leaving a trail of record snowfalls in major cities, heavy flooding up and down the coast, and at least 27 people dead. As sunshine replaced the whiteout conditions of the day before, people in New...

  • Drenching storm in Central California will bring only light rain to L.A.

    Drenching storm in Central California will bring only light rain to L.A.

    Southern California will get a drizzle of rain Tuesday night into Wednesday morning ahead of a few days of clear skies and sunny weather, the National Weather service said. The storm -- moving east and reaching down from Northern California -- will have wrung out most of its moisture by the time...

  • What happened to El Niño? Be patient, L.A., it'll come, expert says

    What happened to El Niño? Be patient, L.A., it'll come, expert says

    When the first hints of El Niño developed last year, experts believed that the brunt of the rain would occur in Southern California rather than Northern California. So far this season, the opposite has happened. Since Oct. 1, San Francisco was at 100% of average rainfall as of Monday; Eureka at...

  • High surf expected along Southern California coast

    High surf expected along Southern California coast

    High surf will hammer the Southern California coast Monday and Tuesday, bringing with it the potential for dangerous rip currents and minor coastal flooding, according to the National Weather Service. Surf of 15 to 20 feet, with local sets up to 25 feet, is expected along the Central Coast, forecasters...

  • Storms in Central and Northern California will have little effect on L.A. area

    Storms in Central and Northern California will have little effect on L.A. area

    A wave of storms is bringing rain and some flooding to Central and Northern California but will have little effect on the Los Angeles area over the next several days. In Humboldt County, rivers and streams are at flood stage, sweeping over some low-lying fields, said meteorologist Ryan Aylward...

  • Northern California slammed by new series of storms

    Northern California slammed by new series of storms

    A new round of rain and snow barreled into Northern California on Sunday, with more wet weather forecast later in the week. The National Weather Service warns of heavy snow in the Sierra that can make driving conditions difficult. Snow levels will be around 6,500 feet. Rain totals are expected...

  • Burbank city employees getting a dry run on rainstorm preparedness

    This week's El Niño-generated storms provided Burbank city employees a dry run, so to speak, at addressing some of the challenges that come with heavy rains. As of Thursday, the city had received slightly more than 3 inches of rain this month, according to the National Weather Service, close to...

  • Light showers, but no major storms expected in L.A. until next week

    Light showers, but no major storms expected in L.A. until next week

    Los Angeles residents already sick of the rain will get some relief over the next several days, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service. Although meteorologists expect light showers to sprinkle the county Saturday and Monday, conditions should remain relatively dry until the middle...

  • More storms, lighter rain in Southern California's future

    More storms, lighter rain in Southern California's future

    Another series of rainstorms is expected in Southern California over the next five days, though forecasters say they will pale in comparison to the rain, hail and wind that slammed the region this week. On Saturday, about a tenth of an inch of rain is expected to fall across the Southland as a...

  • First 'textbook' El Niño rains provide clues on possible damage to come

    First 'textbook' El Niño rains provide clues on possible damage to come

    The first major El Niño storm system finished its path through Southern California on Thursday, giving officials a chance to study both the behavior of the storms and how officials responded to them. The assessments are important because forecasters are predicting a winter of heavy, potentially...

  • Monster waves batter California coast as latest El Niño storm passes through

    Monster waves batter California coast as latest El Niño storm passes through

    Southern California was soaked on Thursday with another storm driven by El Niño, sending powerful waves crashing against oceanfront Malibu homes and delaying power restoration for thousands of mountain dwellers in the Big Bear area. The storm prompted the National Weather Service to issue a strong...

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