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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-...
  • California breaks drought record as 58% of state hits driest level

    California breaks drought record as 58% of state hits driest level
    More than half of California is now under the most severe level of drought for the first time since the federal government began issuing regular drought reports in the late 1990s, according to new data released Thursday. According to the U.S. Drought...
  • Downtown L.A. is now driest since rain records started in 1877

    Downtown L.A. is now driest since rain records started in 1877
    Rainy seasons over the last two years were the driest in downtown Los Angeles since record-keeping began in 1877, and forecasters now say the El Niño that had been predicted to bring some relief may not materialize.  According to the National Weather...
  • Northern California wildfire races through bone-dry landscape

    A combination of hot temperatures, strong winds and bone-dry timber are challenging crews battling a wildfire in Northern California in a way not seen in years, state officials said Tuesday. The Bully fire in Shasta County grew by 2,000 acres in a day,...
  • California water-wasters could be fined $500 a day under proposal

    California water-wasters could be fined $500 a day under proposal
    California regulators will consider forcing local agencies to ban wasteful outdoor watering, and giving them the authority to impose fines on scofflaws of up to $500 a day. The State Water Resources Control Board will consider the emergency drought...
  • The invisible high price of your little bottle of water

    The invisible high price of your little bottle of water
    Bottled water is usually a waste of money and, beyond that, an environmental mess. American buy 50 billion bottles of water each year, and recycle less than one-fourth of those bottles. It’s a tremendous source of landfill waste, but worse, 17...
  • California approves big fines for wasting water during drought

    California approves big fines for wasting water during drought
    Cities throughout California will have to impose mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering under an emergency state rule approved Tuesday. Saying that it was time to increase conservation in the midst of one of the worst droughts in decades, the...