Drought

El Nino in 1997 and 2015 - areas in red and white represent the warmest sea-surface temperatures above the average. (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

UN: This El Niño To Be Among Strongest Since 1950

The current El Niño weather pattern may be on track to become one of the strongest in more than half a century, experts at the World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday.

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Leaves of a mature marijuana plant. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Men Arrested After 800 Pot Plants Found, Threatened To Empty Streams In Mendocino County

Four out-of-state residents are suspected of cultivating and possessing pot for sale in a rural area of Mendocino County after investigators found 800 marijuana plants and a hash oil lab.

09/01/2015

Man fills drums for free recycled water fill station in Dublin. (CBS)

Recycled Water Fill Station Opens In Sonoma As County Looks To Deal With Drought

As California’s drought continues to shrink water supplies, a Sonoma County utility is looking to recycled water as a new source.

08/31/2015

A lawn sprinkler sends water runoff onto the sidewalk in violation of restrictions during an early morning patrol by the City of Sacramento Water Conservation Office in Sacramento. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

California Cities Slash Water Use Above Gov. Brown’s Mandated Cutbacks

California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor’s statewide mandate to conserve, officials said Thursday.

08/27/2015

FOLSOM, CA - JANUARY 28:  The Rainbow Bridge crosses the American River in the downtown Historic District as viewed on January 28, 2015 in Folsom, California. Located just east of Sacramento, this city of 78,000 people is home to Folsom Prison, Intel, and Folsom Lake State Recreational Park. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Drought May Be Responsible For Rise In Sacramento, American River Deaths

More people are drowning in two of Sacramento’s rivers, and the drought may be partially responsible.

08/27/2015

Insect swarm (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Creepy Seed Bugs Swarm Eastern Sierra Communities, Invade Homes & Cars

The gas station’s ground was covered with the small winged bugs. Piles of carcasses, inches deep, sat swept to the sides.

08/24/2015

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Bigger Wildfires, Animal Die-Offs Predicted If California Drought Extends To 2017

A new report by the Public Policy Institute of California non-profit think-tank paints that distressing picture of California for the next two years if the state’s driest four years on record stretches further into the future.

08/19/2015

Ground sinking in California's Central Valley. (CBS)

Parts Of Central Valley Sinking Nearly 2 Inches A Month As Farmers Pump Groundwater In Drought

Parts of California are sinking even faster than previously thought. New research from NASA shows the ground in parts of the Central Valley is sinking nearly two inches a month, or two feet per year.

08/19/2015

Workers drill for water for a farmer on February 6, 2014 near Bakersfield. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Groundwater Pumping In Drought-Parched Central Valley Has Land Sinking Fast

Vast areas of California’s Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped during the historic drought, NASA said in new research released Wednesday.

08/19/2015

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