California's second snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal after a dry, unusually warm January.
Federal agencies released a pair of forecasts Thursday showing dry conditions will persist in parts of the drought-stricken West, suggesting there won't be enough snow to boost water supplies.
The city of Bakersfield Water Board met Wednesday afternoon to discuss several reports and brainstorm ideas for water conservation.
Recent storms will allow California to provide more water to local agencies and farms even as drought conditions stretch into a fourth year, officials announced Thursday.
In a rare piece of good news about Bakersfield's water supply, a recent state report showed that the area used considerably less water in November than it during the same time period last year.
Californians did slightly better in November on conserving water during the drought, figures released Tuesday show.
The winter's first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday found more snow than last year at this time, but officials said much more is needed to end the California drought.
The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports that lands parched by a three-year drought just a few months ago are now seeing an explosion of both poisonous and edible mushrooms after about 2 feet of rain saturated grassy hillsides and swelled streams in Sonoma County.
Federal scientists say there is a 75 percent chance of average or above-average precipitation between January and the end of March for California.
Recent storms eased the drought somewhat, but there's a long way to go. And state officials are worried that the rain will give people an excuse to abandon the already inconsistent conservation efforts adopted to deal with the dry spell.
Christine Riley, lead forecaster of the National Weather Service, says we may be in our drought for a few more years.
Flooding closed Kern County highways Friday morning after a big storm blew through. The worst of the storm, and most of the highway closures had ended by midday.
After drenching Northern California the previous day, the storm dumped up to 5 inches of desperately needed rain in Southern California. A landslide left 10 homes uninhabitable and fire officials executed a dramatic rescue of two people from the Los Angeles River.
A powerful storm hit Kern County late Thursday, with strong winds and expected overnight rain.
A powerful storm churned down the West Coast Thursday, bringing strong gales and much-needed rain and snow that caused widespread blackouts in Northern California and whiteouts in the Sierra Nevada.