A report issued Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said natural variations — mostly a La Nina weather oscillation — were the primary drivers behind the drought that has now stretched to three years.
Lightning-fueled fires on the Oregon-California border earlier this month sent huge smoke clouds into the atmosphere above the Western United States, clouds that NASA captured on camera both from jets and via satellite.
Residents of the Springhouse apartment complex in Pleasanton were excited Tuesday after water service restored after a five day absence.
Residents of an apartment complex in Pleasanton have been living in misery. For the past four days, they have lived without running water.
After a water main broke late last week, the faucets, toilets and showers at the Springhouse Apartments have been dry.
On Tuesday, the water supply to the creek was cut by about 60 percent as South Bay water officials try to conserve what little water they have to work with.
Water officials said they need to reduce flows from Lexington Reservoir to Los Gatos Creek by more than half, so there’s enough water to keep at least some the creek wet until the winter.
A wildfire that broke out in Central California has triggered the evacuation of about 100 rural homes.
With summer approaching state water managers say California’s snowpack is at 18 percent of average for the date.
State and local firefighters are on high alert as several grass fires have broken out during this stretch of hot weather.
The final survey for 2014 found more bare ground than snow in the Sierra Nevada, and the snowpack at a mere 18 percent of average.