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Midwest ‘Flash Drought’ Warns El Niño May Hammer West Coast

The “flash drought” in the upper plains states, and rising temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, are warnings that another El Niño is forming that could slam the West Coast this winter with heavy rainfall, widespread flooding and infrastructure failure risks.

Jake Hart, 13, plays in the rising floodwater during a storm in Seal Beach, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. The heavy downpour on Sunday drenched Orange County in one of the heaviest storms of the year. Fast-moving floodwaters swept through California mountain communities and residents fled homes below hillsides scarred …

Yosemite Flood Danger as New Storms Slam Sierras

Snowmelt-driven flooding in Yosemite Valley and parts of Mariposa County is about to worsen as new thunderstorms packing 50-mile-per-hour winds slam the Sierra Mountains.

California storm (Gary Kazanjian / Associated Press)

11 Areas Near Oroville Dam Under Evacuation Warnings

Just as Breitbart News predicted a little over a week ago, temperatures rising to the high 70s are causing an early spring snowmelt that is quickly filling Oroville Lake, causing the local sheriff to issue evacuation warnings for 11 areas downstream of the troubled Oroville Dam.

Damaged Dam (Albert Madrid/California Department of Water Resources via AP)

Drought: Northern Reservoirs at 96%; CA to Ease Emergency

With Northern California’s massive Shasta and Orville dams about to fill up for the first time in five years of drought, the state is about to lift mandatory statewide water conservation order for most cities and farms.

(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Sierra Snowpack Hits 87%, but Drought Remains

The water content of California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack — the source on roughly a third of the state’s annual potable water supply — measured 87 percent of average on Wednesday.

Measuring Sierra snowpack (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

El Niño Disintegrates California Highway

Two large stretches of a Northern California highway disintegrated and gave way Monday night as El Niño-powered rainstorms lashed the area.

Highway 3 (Caltrans / SF Chronicle)

LA County Goes All-In for El Niño Cloud Seeding

With this year’s strong El Niño tending to skirt California and drenching the Pacific Northwest, Los Angeles County just went all-in to revive a controversial cloud seeding program to squeeze out every last drop of precipitation from late season rain showers.

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Drought Still On, But Folsom Dam Opens Floodgates

Operators began releasing water from Folsom Dam for the first time in four years after El Niño-fueled storms dropped billions of gallons of water into California’s largest reservoirs over the weekend.

Folsom Dam (Vince / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

California Misses Water Target as El Niño Fades

LOS ANGELES — California’s water conservation rate slid sharply in January, with the state failing to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandatory 25 percent reduction order as the strong Pacific El Niño failed to deliver the rain necessary to provide a path out of devastating drought.

Dry mountains (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Heat Wave Interrupts El Niño in SoCal

Some cities in Southern California saw daily temperature records broken this week as an unusual heat wave interrupted what has been an El Niño-fueled rainy, cold winter in the region.

Santa Monica Beach (Joel Pollak : Breitbart News)

Some Drought Relief as Folsom Lake Fills, Despite Dry Week

Powerful rainstorms brought on by the record Pacific El Niño have succeeded in filling up California’s largest reservoirs, including Folsom Lake, but it may not be enough to pull the state out of what is quickly shaping up to be a fifth year of devastating drought.

Folsom Lake (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Drought: CA Water Conservation Extends to October

California water officials extended the state’s mandatory conservation rules for an additional nine months on Tuesday, as residents fell behind in meeting water savings targets for a third consecutive month.

The Associated Press

Sierra Snow: Good for Drought, Bad for Christmas Travel

Plentiful snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains this week has brought good tidings for drought-ravaged California–but less pleasant news for millions of motorists who will take to the state’s main interstate for Christmas travel. Snowpack levels for the mountain range

Sierra snow (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

California Water Use Falls Dramatically in April

Californians saved 13.9 percent more water in April as compared with the same month in 2013, a significant improvement over the last several months’ dismal conservation numbers.

Water faucet (Justin Sullivan / Getty)