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.
Strong gales and sheets of rain that knocked out electricity, flooded freeways and toppled trees in Northern California churned Thursday to a slide-prone Southern California bracing for its own beating.
The House has passed a bill designed to give state and federal agencies authority to move more water in coming months to California's farm belt.
Three years of drought have taken a heavy toll on California groundwater supplies, with hundreds more wells being dug this year, one of the driest on record, a state report released Tuesday said.
Californians are losing ground in a state goal to cut water use by 20 percent in the drought.
More than 300 city vehicles including police cars and fire trucks will go unwashed for at least two months as part of a new water conservation program, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.