| Sep 4, 2014
| 12:27 PM
The California drought is serious! The Washington Post proclaims the "West's historic drought stokes fears of water crisis." California passes laws threatening to fine people who abuse water use by washing down driveways, sidewalks and patios, and...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 3:45 AM
A late summer heat wave will continue through this week, according to the National Weather Service, with high temperatures not expected to drop from around 90 degrees until Sunday.
Wednesday was expected to be mostly sunny with a light breeze. The low...
| Aug 31, 2014
| 9:14 PM
"Begorrah," said the Irishman on the second day of summer, "these auld days are gettin' shorter already."
That's an old joke about Irish fatalism, but it fits the way the summer unfolded in the Lehigh Valley this year. On this Labor Day, the...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 11:45 AM
The severe drought gripping nearly all of California eased ever so slightly this past week, but the state's reservoirs remain "seriously low," according to the latest figures released Thursday.
The amount of the state that now falls under the "severe"...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 10:04 AM
Over the last week, the only spot in California to see improved drought conditions was -- of all places -- Mojave Desert, officials reported.
The area benefited enough from recent showers and thunderstorms for it qualify for a one-category improvement...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 2:18 PM
To the editor: It is interesting how David Pierson’s article on U.S. farmers hoping to sell rice to China touches on so many issues. The message overall is that food producers will produce a healthier product when it is economic to do so. (“...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 6:47 PM
A year and a half of drought has depleted 63 trillion gallons of water across the Western United States, according to a new study that documents how the parched conditions are altering the landscape.
The loss of groundwater, as well as surface water...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 6:15 PM
Has anyone noticed the traffic getting worse? As I was sitting in traffic the other day, I thought about how our streets look better, with the new plants and new cement medians, but they don't seem to do much to alleviate the burgeoning amount of...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 7:38 AM
At the University of California's prized winemaking institute near Sacramento, a sleek metal wine crusher on Thursday morning let out a deep rumble and began to shake, jostling grapes made sweeter by the state's ongoing drought into sticky juice.
| Aug 19, 2014
| 6:08 PM
The Department of Water and Power began 107 years ago, after Los Angeles bought back the civic water system from a group of privateers. Like its top man, William Mulholland, who began as a ditch-digger, the new DWP chief, Marcie Edwards, also started at...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 12:05 PM
Most everyone by now has heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, but two men in drought-stricken California are trying to push a message of water conservation by using dirt instead. As in, dumping a bucket of dirt on their heads.
The viral campaign to...