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Droughts and Heat Waves

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  • Rain pounds Texas: A sign the drought is ending?

    In Texas, where the governor once urged the public to pray for rain, this week’s torrential storms might finally be a sign of lasting relief for the state plagued by years of drought. Or maybe not. “This could be the start of the end of...
  • Heat waves might bring shorter school days

    Newport-Mesa Unified district officials are considering shortening the school day when classroom temperatures reach intolerable levels. The heat wave that had students sweating in sweltering classrooms in May and again this month has officials...
  • Forest Service thinks California's drought caused a massive mudslide

    Jonathan Dove was patrolling Mt. Shasta on a clear, warm afternoon when a group of backpackers asked him if Mud Creek Canyon on the Northern California peak always flowed so heavily. The U.S. Forest Service climbing ranger scrambled up a ridge to...
  • Parched California expected to miss out on typical fall rains

    Parched California expected to miss out on typical fall rains
    Northern and Central California typically receive 30% to 40% of their precipitation over the next three months, but this year, forecasters say the upper two-thirds of the state can expect to miss out on much of that badly needed moisture. The lack of...
  • Northern California fires may offer a grim preview for Southland

    Northern California is bearing the brunt of wildfires that have destroyed scores of homes and consumed huge swaths of land. The state has seen 1,000 more wildfires so far this year compared to the average, many of them in northern forest areas left bone-...
  • Water agencies are learning pools aren't a big factor during drought

    Water agencies are learning pools aren't a big factor during drought
    The Sieferts are the kind of environmentally conscious family who attend local sustainability workshops and have solar panels atop their Mar Vista home. They use timers on their kids' showers and have planted drought-tolerant landscaping. But they...
  • Californians cut water use 7.5% in July as drought continues

    Californians cut water use 7.5% in July as drought continues
    Californians have shown a quick about-face and have started cutting back on water usage in urban areas, the State Water Resources Control Board announced Tuesday. Using water production as an indicator of urban use, the board reported a 7.5% reduction...
  • Commentary: Experience can help us survive the drought

    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...
  • Summer 2014: Cool, but not as cool as you thought

    Summer 2014: Cool, but not as cool as you thought
    "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...
  • Heat wave to continue through this week

    Heat wave to continue through this week
    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...
  • California's drought and the debate over exporting rice

    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.  (“...