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  • Call it the Southern California drought. Rain and snow end Northern California water woes

    Call it the Southern California drought. Rain and snow end Northern California water woes

    What was once a statewide drought this week became a Southern California drought. A week of powerful storms has significantly eased the state’s water shortage, pulling nearly all of Northern California out of drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The  report underscores what...

  • Is the great California drought finally ending?

    Is the great California drought finally ending?

    The state’s biggest reservoirs are swelling. The Sierra Nevada have seen as much snow, sleet, hail and rain as during the wettest years on record. Rainy Los Angeles feels more like London than Southern California. So is the great California drought finally calling it quits? Yes. Or at least maybe....

  • L.A. lands the George Lucas museum

    L.A. lands the George Lucas museum

    Good morning. It’s Wednesday, Jan. 11, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Force in L.A. Score a big one for Los Angeles. George Lucas’ personal collection of fine and popular art, including ephemera related to his “Star Wars” franchise, will fill a futuristic-looking new...

  • Weeks of rain are rapidly reviving California's drought-ravaged lakes

    Weeks of rain are rapidly reviving California's drought-ravaged lakes

    Leaning against a wooden rail, environmental activist Geoffrey McQuilkin took stock of a parched geological wonderland that had been altered by a weekend deluge.   The air was still thick with moisture, and this lake’s tributaries were cascading down from surrounding mountains, swollen by cargoes...

  • Chesapeake Bay is healthier than before, but still gets C- in new report

    Chesapeake Bay is healthier than before, but still gets C- in new report

    The Chesapeake Bay is healthier today by nearly every measure, with upticks in blue crabs and striped bass, record levels of underwater grasses and the clearest water in years. That's the upshot of a two-year "2016 State of the Bay" report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation about the vast estuary...

  • With snow piling up in the Sierra, what will it take to end California's drought?

    With snow piling up in the Sierra, what will it take to end California's drought?

    The resort town of Phillips high in the Sierra Nevada has long been a barometer of California’s drought. Snow measuring station 3 in the El Dorado County town was where Gov. Jerry Brown came in April 2015 to announce major drought restrictions, using the dry, snow-less landscape as a stark backdrop....

  • Today: Out of the Swamp Fight, Into the Obamacare Fire. Getting Old Isn't for the Faint of Heart.

    Today: Out of the Swamp Fight, Into the Obamacare Fire. Getting Old Isn't for the Faint of Heart.

    I’m Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don’t want you to miss today. TOP STORIES Out of the Swamp Fight, Into the Obamacare Fire Telephone lines lighted up. Social media went agog — well, more than usual. Donald Trump tweeted his displeasure. In...

  • State water officials are optimistic despite 'gloomy' California snowpack survey

    State water officials are optimistic despite 'gloomy' California snowpack survey

    Snowpack in the resort town of Phillips, Calif., measured just 53% of the seasonal average on Tuesday, but water officials said there was still reason for optimism as the state enters its sixth year of drought.  Standing in 3 feet of snow at the El Dorado County measuring station, Frank Gehrke...

  • Avalanche warnings as Sierra hit by major snowstorm; 4-5 feet expected this week

    Avalanche warnings as Sierra hit by major snowstorm; 4-5 feet expected this week

    Higher elevations of Northern California were hit by heavy snowfall overnight, prompting avalanche warnings, as the region braced for a week of intense weather. The National Weather Service said it expected 4 to 5 feet of snow in some Sierra areas and encouraged drivers to avoid mountain roads....

  • California finally gets some 'normal' winter weather

    California finally gets some 'normal' winter weather

    Good morning. It’s Tuesday, Jan. 3. Here’s what is happening in California: TOP STORIES Wet winter Northern California’s wet streak is expected to continue in 2017 with a new round of rain and snow this week. All this rain is helping ease the drought, at least up north. “This is what we’re supposed...

  • Heading to a New Year's Eve party? Prepare for rain and chilly weather

    Heading to a New Year's Eve party? Prepare for rain and chilly weather

    Every year, law enforcement officials urge revelers to exercise caution on New Year’s Eve. They warn of partiers who celebrate by shooting things into the air, and the drunk drivers who insist on heading home.  On the final day of 2016, Southern Californians faced another, less familiar hazard:...

  • L.A.'s wettest month in years will continue through to New Year's Eve

    L.A.'s wettest month in years will continue through to New Year's Eve

    Los Angeles County could see between a quarter-inch and half-inch of rain Friday as the first of two anticipated storm systems passes through the region this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The rainfall will add to what is already the wettest month recorded in downtown Los Angeles...

  • Powerful storm brings road closures and record rainfall to Southern California

    Powerful storm brings road closures and record rainfall to Southern California

    The storm moved out, but the traffic troubles remain. The heavy rainstorm that closed the Grapevine for a while Saturday continued to cause problems on some mountain roads. In the San Bernardino Mountains, Highway 38 was closed for several hours overnight due to snow that stranded about 100 cars,...

  • Heavy rain might be a sign of wetter times to come in drought-plagued L.A.

    Heavy rain might be a sign of wetter times to come in drought-plagued L.A.

    There’s something unusual in the mix in Southern California this weekend, along with the usual rain-caused traffic gridlock and airport delays, according to one climatologist — a sense of optimism. The storm that moved though the region on Wednesday and Thursday provided a good 24 hours of mostly...

  • Three reports of dirty water preceded ban in Corpus Christi, Texas, official says

    Three reports of dirty water preceded ban in Corpus Christi, Texas, official says

    There were three reports of dirty water before the 300,000 residents of Corpus Christi were told not to drink the city's water due to a chemical leak at an asphalt plant, city officials said Saturday, adding that the city has not found evidence of water contamination. Mayor Dan McQueen said he...

  • Congressional inquiry faults Michigan officials and EPA for Flint water crisis

    Congressional inquiry faults Michigan officials and EPA for Flint water crisis

    Congressional Republicans quietly closed a yearlong investigation into the crisis over lead in the Flint, Mich., drinking water supply, faulting both state officials and the Environmental Protection Agency for contamination that has affected nearly 100,000 residents. In letters to fellow Republicans,...

  • A tale of two California droughts

    A tale of two California droughts

    Good morning. It’s Thursday, Dec. 15, and here’s what’s going on around California: TOP STORIES Tale of two droughts Through five years of an unrelenting drought, Californians shared the pain of the dry conditions and water shortages. But that’s beginning to change. Northern California has seen...

  • Northern Sierra Nevada sees wettest fall in 30 years

    Northern Sierra Nevada sees wettest fall in 30 years

    California’s northern Sierra Nevada mountain range, home to some of the state’s largest reservoirs, had the wettest first two months of the water year since 1984, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. Between October and November, the eight measuring stations along the northern range received...

  • Trump seems ready to fight the world on climate change. But he's likely to meet resistance

    Trump seems ready to fight the world on climate change. But he's likely to meet resistance

    Donald Trump is branded with all manner of unflattering labels, but one that hasn’t seemed to much bother him is “climate pariah.” The president-elect is unabashed in his disdain for America’s global warming policy. He has placed a staunch climate-change doubter and antagonist of mainstream science...

  • Chinook salmon spawning season improves

    Chinook salmon spawning season improves

    The picture has brightened slightly for endangered winter-run Chinook salmon after two disastrous spawning seasons. The number of juveniles migrating downstream this fall is roughly twice what it was last year, thanks to better temperature conditions in the Sacramento River. “We’re declaring success...

  • Climate change is real: Just ask the Pentagon

    Climate change is real: Just ask the Pentagon

    A bitter wind blew across Sewell’s Point on a recent afternoon as ocean waves crashed against a concrete pier where two black attack submarines were tied up for the day. Pier 3 was taking the last hits of a severe storm that had roared ashore a few days before. It flooded four buildings, tore up...

  • La Niña has arrived, with little rain in store for Southern California

    La Niña has arrived, with little rain in store for Southern California

    La Niña has officially arrived, with mixed messages for California. If the weather phenomenon behaves as expected, the Pacific Northwest and far Northern California will enjoy a wetter than normal winter, while the southern swath of the state will remain dry. Federal climate scientists on Thursday...

  • Will Paris climate accord and other environmental pacts survive a Trump presidency?

    Will Paris climate accord and other environmental pacts survive a Trump presidency?

    When Donald Trump takes the oath of office in January, he appears poised to become the only world leader who questions whether climate change is real. The Republican president-elect has called climate change a hoax and said he would “cancel” the United States’ participation in the historic Paris...

  • It's not just California. The Deep South is also reeling from a drought

    It's not just California. The Deep South is also reeling from a drought

    An unusual haze, much thicker than traffic smog, hung over Atlanta on Wednesday. It was smoke, blown in from wildfires in the mountains of northern Georgia, where hundreds of firefighters were battling blazes nourished by a severe drought gripping the nation’s Southeast. How bad is the drought?...

  • Feds say 25% of California is drought-free, but state experts are still cautious

    Feds say 25% of California is drought-free, but state experts are still cautious

    A rainy October in Northern California has lifted about a quarter of the state out of drought conditions, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday. It’s the rosiest picture released by federal officials since the spring of 2013, when about 64% of the state was considered to be in “moderate drought”...

  • Water conservation improved in September but is still worse than in 2015

    Water conservation improved in September but is still worse than in 2015

    Californians halted a three-month slide in water conservation in September, saving enough to hearten state regulators who previously had expressed alarm about possible drought fatigue. Residents and businesses cut their water consumption by 18.3% in September compared with the same month in 2013....

  • The drought eased up, and these Californians turned on the spigot

    The drought eased up, and these Californians turned on the spigot

    TThe San Juan Water District showed the rest of California how to save water when the state needed the savings most. The supplier for eastern Sacramento and southern Placer counties cut consumption 41% from 2013 levels during the summer of 2015 — the height of a years-long drought.  District residents...

  • Northern California is seeing two or three times more rain than normal. So why is Southern California so dry?

    Northern California is seeing two or three times more rain than normal. So why is Southern California so dry?

    As the state enters its sixth year of drought, Northern California is seeing some significant relief thanks to a series of powerful storms, while Southern California remains mired in record dry conditions. Despite a rainstorm set to hit the Southland this week, the region continues to face an unprecedented...

  • Southland's major water agency is rebuilding depleted regional storage

    Southland's major water agency is rebuilding depleted regional storage

    The Southland’s biggest water agency painted a surprisingly upbeat picture Monday of the region’s water supplies. Although the Southland remains stuck in a severe drought, officials of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California say they are rebuilding depleted storage reserves with...

  • A governor, a fight and California's public pensions

    A governor, a fight and California's public pensions

    Good morning. It is Saturday, Oct. 8. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Police shootings: The Los Angeles Police Commission is considering sweeping changes to the way the Police Department handles officer-involved shootings. The civilian panel is expected to consider...

  • Weaker water conservation numbers prompt fears that California is going back to its old bad habits

    Weaker water conservation numbers prompt fears that California is going back to its old bad habits

    Californians’ water conservation slipped for the third consecutive month in August, prompting new alarm from regulators about whether relaxed water restrictions may be causing residents to revert to old habits as the state enters its sixth year of severe drought. The trend raises new questions...

  • One word to describe the last water year? Dry

    One word to describe the last water year? Dry

    There were high hopes going into water year 2016. To hear some forecasters and scientists tell it, El Niño was coming to save California. With a little luck and a lot of rain, the drought might finally recede in its fifth year — or at least loosen its grip on the state. The weather phenomenon did...

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