| Oct 15, 2014
| 2:24 PM
Our lives are sprinkled with new years. Most popular is the calendar year. Most exciting is the school year. Most regular is the astronomical year. Most political is the fiscal year. Most invisible is the water year, which begins and ends on Oct. 1....
| Oct 14, 2014
| 12:38 PM
Burbank’s McCambridge Pool is closed for winter, as it usually is when the summer swim season ends. As usual, the water’s been drained away to make way for maintenance work and painting, but this year something’s different.
| Oct 7, 2014
| 10:05 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown will hit the airwaves Wednesday morning with three TV ads, but instead of promoting his reelection bid for a historic fourth term, he will plug the $7.5-billion water bond measure and the state rainy-day fund on the November ballot.
| Oct 3, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Dust whips across the toasted soil where Tom Barcellos usually plants corn for his 800 dairy cows. This season, there was no water to plant the crop.
The third-generation dairy farmer was forced to idle a quarter of his 1,200 acres in Tulare County,...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Biologists strode along the cracked, dry mud surrounding this evaporating north Los Angeles County lake last week, pausing periodically to pick up an emaciated turtle and wash alkaline dust off its head and carapace.
"A lot of these animals are severely...
| Oct 5, 2014
| 4:15 PM
A few years ago a group of researchers used computer modeling to put California through a nightmare scenario: Seven decades of unrelenting mega-drought similar to those that dried out the state in past millennia.
"The results were surprising," said...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 7:25 PM
A four-day heat wave reaches its sizzling zenith Saturday, when Death Valley-like temperatures will bake Southern California, ratcheting up concerns about wildfires and turning outdoor activities into sweltering chores.
The spike in temperatures comes...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 7:08 AM
The heat wave forecasters have been warning about all week has officially taken hold, with temperatures today expected to hit triple digits across the Southland through Saturday.
Residents in the valleys can expect to see temperatures reach 106 in...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 7:50 PM
With Californians being urged to cut water use as the state's historic drought drags on, a growing number of local water agencies are enlisting the public to play water cop with their smartphones.
From Long Beach to Placer County, officials are...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 11:20 AM
A heat wave that is expected to produce near record-breaking temperatures across the Southland this weekend will also create dangerous fire conditions, forecasters warn.
The hot weather, low humidity and Santa Ana winds with gusts of up to 35 mph will...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 8:47 PM
As the state ends the fourth-driest water year on record with no guarantee of significant rain and snowfall this winter, Californians face the prospect of stricter rationing and meager irrigation deliveries for agriculture.
California begins a new...