California and the U.S.

The latest news and analysis covering water issues in Caliornia and the rest of the United States.

California Drought: How Will We Know When It’s Over?

Now that 2016 has gotten off to a wet start, with a series of El Niño storms drenching California in recent days, the question is turning up with increasing frequency at dinner parties and coffee shops:   “How will we know when the drought is over?”   The answer, water experts say, is more complicated […]

What Does El Niño Precipitation Mean For California Drought?

The drought in California has been going on for five years now. But if you’ve turned on the TV recently, or, for that matter, if you live in California, you may have noticed it’s raining there – a lot.   The storms this past week are fueled by an El Nino, which is essentially a […]

OPINION: Yes, We Can Have Floods and a Drought

Tuesday the state Water Resources Control Board reported the state had again failed to meet its water conservation goals in November. The same day, record rainfall was recorded at Los Angeles International Airport.   Missing the water saving goal is a bad thing, but the water board was conciliatory, as it has shown it is […]

El Niño Expected to Stay Strong, Finish Wet

To the untrained eye the three images looked practically they same. They showed the El Niño pattern from 1982-83, 1997-98 and 2015-16. The first two brought crazy weather to Northern California and Northern Nevada. It’s usually the first quarter of the year where the moisture really starts to fall.   “So far we’ve got out […]

California Drought: How Will We Know When It’s Over?

Now that 2016 has gotten off to a wet start, with a series of El Niño storms drenching California in recent days, the question is turning up with increasing frequency at dinner parties and coffee shops:   “How will we know when the drought is over?” The answer, water experts say, is more complicated than […]

VIDEO: El Nino Peaks, Parts of California Face Flooding

Despite of all the rain, California’s reservoirs are still very low. The storage system is used to capture rainfall and snowmelt runoff for use later in the year.   El Niño is producing snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The snowpack is looking promising according to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). Current snowpack […]