Tag: Drought

California rain (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

Rain Brings Relief to California — and More to Come

A powerful rainstorm sweeping through Northern California brought the state’s annual precipitation closer to normal after a dry winter — and there is more of it on the way. Bay Area public radio station KQED reports that the “Pineapple Express,”

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California Winter: Still Dry Despite March Rain, Snow

The annual measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack at the start of April has found that the 2017-2018 winter was technically still a dry one, despite the heavy rains and snows of March.

Shasta Dam (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Next Round in Trump vs. California Fight: Water

The next battle between the State of California and the Trump administration — after clashes over the environment, “sanctuary” laws, and the border wall, to name a few — will be over water.

A picture taken on May 10, 2017 shows bare sand and dried tree trunks standing out at Theewaterskloof Dam, which has less than 20% of it's water capacity, near Villiersdorp, about 108km from Cape Town. South Africa's Western Cape region which includes Cape Town declared a drought disaster on May …

WATCH: Israeli Innovation Could Help Save Cape Town from Water Crisis

For months, Cape Town, a city of four million people, has been facing the doomsday scenario of taps running dry. The city’s Theewaterskloof Dam, a water reservoir which once supplied the city 50 percent of its supply, looks more like a desert area.

FILE - This Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 false-color image from the European Space Agency's Sentinel-2 satellite via NASA, shows a brown burn scar from the Thomas fire north of the city of Ventura, Calif., at bottom center. The flames stand out starkly as smoke billows toward the Pacific Ocean and …

Pinkerton: Fixing California’s Wildfire Problem

As the 2017 wildfire season in California recedes in time, if not in memory, the 2018 wildfire season is looming into view. And so if you live in the Golden State—now the Scorched State, as more than 500,000 acres were burned in 2017—you should be worried about a fire-haunted future.

Santa Barbara hillside (David McNew / Getty)

Evacuations Ordered in Santa Barbara Due to Fear of Mudslides

Local authorities have ordered evacuations in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in areas below mountains and hillsides that were burned in the recent Thomas fire, as the winter’s first major rainstorm approaches California.

California Drought Lake McClure (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Warning: California May Face a Long, Dry Winter

California is facing the prospect of a very dry winter, a year after one of the wettest winters on record, renewing fears of a devastating drought that gripped the state from 2011 to 2016.

California Fires (NASA)

Southern California Wildfires Continue to Blaze Out of Control

Several wildfires in Southern California continued to blaze out of control into Wednesday morning, as firefighters reported “zero containment” on the Thomas fire near Ventura and the Creek fire near Sylmar in Los Angeles.

Ventura County fire (VCFD / Twitter)

Fire Forces 27,000 to Evacuate in Ventura as Dry Winter Looms

A masive wildfire that erupted overnight and burned over 30,000 acres has forced 27,000 people in Ventura County to evacuate their homes as 150 structures were destroyed, according to reports from local news and wire services.

Oroville Lake and Dam (Breitbart News)

Tom McClintock’s Bill Fast-Tracks Dams & Reservoirs

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) is leading an effort to end environmentalists’ ability to delay the building of dams and reservoirs on federal land by fast-tracking control of the permitting process, placing power in the hands of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Mojave Desert (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

Trump Admin OKs Cadiz Project for Water to 400,000 in SoCal

The Cadiz Water Project will soon produce enough Mojave Desert groundwater to serve the needs of 400,000 people in Southern California, thanks to President Donald Trump’s Department of Interior reversing his predecessor’s stall tactics.

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Devin Nunes Will Return to Fresno to Discuss Water on Friday

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is heading to California to attend the annual Ag Lenders Society meeting in Fresno on Friday, where he will address water issues affecting the Golden State.

Santa Barbara (Michael Theis / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Santa Barbara Drought: Limiting Water to Limit Growth

Santa Barbara has finally escaped being the last California community to suffer “extreme drought,” but it remains the poster child for blow-back from limiting water to limit growth.

California Rain (Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

California Rain: Dam Spillway Opened for First Time in 20 Years

As rain continues in California, officials in San Joaquin County issued evacuation orders after a levee breach, and Turlock Irrigation District officials opened the spillway on the Don Pedro Reservoir for the first time in 20 years.

Oroville Dam main spillway (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Race Against Rain: Oroville Dam Must Drain 50 Feet by Wednesday

Officials are releasing water from the Oroville Dam, the nation’s highest, at the astonishing rate of 100,000 cubic feet per second, with the goal of lowering the lake’s elevation by 50 feet before a week of rain and snow hits the region Wednesday.

Willie Soon (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Climate Skeptic Willie Soon Addresses Packed Audience in L.A.

Dr. Wie-Hock “Willie” Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics addressed a gathering of the American Freedom Alliance on Thursday night at the Luxe Hotel, describing the current state of debate about climate change as “spitting science in the face” and “treating science like a piece of rubbish.