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Droughts and Heat Waves

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  • Butts fire in Napa County at 3,200 acres; no threat to vineyards yet

    A 3,200-acre wildfire in Napa County is growing but poses no immediate threat to its renowned vineyards, officials said Wednesday. The Butts fire had died down between 3 a.m. and noon Wednesday, but as temperatures rose it began to grow in size, “...
  • 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.  (“...
  • California drought report: Thunderstorms bring slight relief to desert

    California drought report: Thunderstorms bring slight relief to desert
    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...
  • Chance of 'megadrought' in U.S. Southwest now 50%, study concludes

    Chance of 'megadrought' in U.S. Southwest now 50%, study concludes
    The chance of a "megadrought" gripping the Southwest for more than 30 years has increased to 50%, scientists say, which means bad news for California's already parched landscape. The odds of a 10-year drought afflicting the southwestern U.S. have...
  • Western drought causes Earth's surface to rise as water levels drop

    Western drought causes Earth's surface to rise as water levels drop
    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...
  • Are we taking the drought seriously enough?

    Are we taking the drought seriously enough?
    To the editor: I got a postcard from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power last week informing me how to conserve electricity during hot summer months. Good to know, despite the absence of an electricity shortage. ("L.A's water ruler, DWP chief...