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Nationally, it’s been one of the warmest winters on record – USA Today

usatoday.com

While it’s been a rough winter so far for people in the north-central and northeastern U.S., both December and January were actually warmer than average across the country overall.

The U.S. is having its sixth-warmest winter on record, according to data from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), which has records back to 1895.

For the first […]

Threatened Smelt Touches Off Battles in California’s Endless Water Wars

nytimes.com

RIO VISTA, Calif. — On a boat in the heart of California’s biggest river delta, a researcher pored over a sample of murky, weed-infested water, looking for a rare fish about the size of a finger. Spotting one, he shouted in triumph — then measured it and quickly tossed it overboard.

“They’re very fragile,” explained the […]

U.S. Soon to Face Worst “Megadroughts” in a Millennium, Scientists Predict

Newsweek.com

The current California drought, the worst in modern U.S. history, has ravaged the Western U.S. for years, dwindling water supplies and withering crops. But scientists say that based on what’s to come, the United States hasn’t seen anything yet.

Welcome to our “remarkably drier future.”

Analysis released Thursday from scientists at NASA, Cornell University, and Columbia University […]

163 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become

latimes.com

It doesn’t take much to understand why California is so worried about drought. Reservoirs are ever-dwindling. Rainfall is sporadic at best. And let’s not forget about the millions of gallons of precious water recently flooding the streets of Brentwood.

Nearly 80% of California is experiencing extreme to exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and […]

U.S. Soon to Face Worst “Megadroughts” in a Millennium, Scientists Predict

newsweek.com

The current California drought, the worst in modern U.S. history, has ravaged the Western U.S. for years, dwindling water supplies and withering crops. But scientists say that based on what’s to come, the United States hasn’t seen anything yet.

Welcome to our “remarkably drier future.”

Analysis released Thursday from scientists at NASA, Cornell University, and Columbia University […]

Extreme drought in Northern California just got 10% better

latimes.com

In rare good news on the California drought, extremely dry conditions in northern parts of the state improved by 10% after a series of strong storms.

This week’s U.S. Drought Monitor reports extreme conditions throughout the state dropped from 77% last week to 67%. The positive change occurred mostly in northwestern California and the Santa Cruz […]

The United States of Megadrought

slate.com

When it comes to drought in the West, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. That’s the conclusion from a new study that links an increasing risk of decades-long drought episodes in the western United States to human-induced climate change. The study predicts drought severity outside the bounds of what’s thought to have occurred over the past […]

Californians make major water cuts in December, reach Gov. Brown’s goal

latimes.com

For the first time in seven months of state monitoring, Californians surpassed Gov. Jerry Brown’s water-conservation goal, reducing water use by more than 20% in December 2014 compared to the same month the year before.

The 22.2% statewide reduction came after months of conservation stagnation, which had prompted concern from some water officials. In August 2014, […]

State Urban Water Users Exceed 20 Percent Conservation Goal For December

ca.gov

With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency in January and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages. The state has continued to lead the way to make sure California is able to cope with an unprecedented drought.

California drought: Big storm on the way for Northern California, “One storm is not enough to solve the drought, of course, but every bit …”

mercurynews.com

After the driest January in recorded history, the Bay Area is back in the rain business.

Meteorologists are reporting that conditions in the Pacific are generating what appears to be a strong “Pineapple Express” storm that is expected to hit Northern California starting Thursday evening, bringing steady rain through the weekend to the drought-stressed Golden State.

Although […]