Last Build Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 23:15:35 -0800Copyright: ©2016 Los Angeles Times
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:30:00 PST
At Heavenly Ski Resort, thousands of feet up in the northern Sierra Nevada, the heavy snowfall around Lake Tahoe forced the lodge to close its small roller coaster due to poor visibility this week.
In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, concerns over dry conditions were quickly dispatched when...(image)
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:00:00 PST
Southern California’s air quality board formally appointed former industry consultant Wayne Nastri as executive officer Friday in a vote of confidence in the powerful agency’s new leadership.
Nastri was hired as interim head of the South Coast Air Quality Management District eight months ago after...(image)
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:40:00 PST
At long last, rain fell on the scorched Appalachian town of Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Wednesday after savage wildfires blazed across eastern Tennessee, killing seven people, forcing thousands to evacuate and burning hundreds of homes to the ground.
Yet even as rainstorms helped firefighters douse the...(image)
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:50:00 PST
Dozens of water agencies in drought-weary California may receive only 20% of their requested deliveries in 2017, state officials said Monday.
But the Department of Water Resources’ initial allocation forecast is double what was announced a year ago.
Officials said winter storms in coming months...(image)
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:35:00 PST
California’s northern Sierra Nevada mountain range, home to some of the state’s largest reservoirs, had the wettest first two months of the water year since 1984, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.
Between October and November, the eight measuring stations along the northern range received...(image)
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:15:00 PST
Donald Trump is branded with all manner of unflattering labels, but one that hasn’t seemed to much bother him is “climate pariah.”
The president-elect is unabashed in his disdain for America’s global warming policy. He has placed a staunch climate-change doubter and antagonist of mainstream science...(image)
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST
The picture has brightened slightly for endangered winter-run Chinook salmon after two disastrous spawning seasons.
The number of juveniles migrating downstream this fall is roughly twice what it was last year, thanks to better temperature conditions in the Sacramento River.
“We’re declaring success...(image)
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 03:00:00 PST
A bitter wind blew across Sewell’s Point on a recent afternoon as ocean waves crashed against a concrete pier where two black attack submarines were tied up for the day.
Pier 3 was taking the last hits of a severe storm that had roared ashore a few days before. It flooded four buildings, tore up...(image)
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:50:00 PST
La Niña has officially arrived, with mixed messages for California.
If the weather phenomenon behaves as expected, the Pacific Northwest and far Northern California will enjoy a wetter than normal winter, while the southern swath of the state will remain dry.
Federal climate scientists on Thursday...(image)
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 03:00:00 PST
When Donald Trump takes the oath of office in January, he appears poised to become the only world leader who questions whether climate change is real.
The Republican president-elect has called climate change a hoax and said he would “cancel” the United States’ participation in the historic Paris...(image)
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 03:00:00 PST
An unusual haze, much thicker than traffic smog, hung over Atlanta on Wednesday.
It was smoke, blown in from wildfires in the mountains of northern Georgia, where hundreds of firefighters were battling blazes nourished by a severe drought gripping the nation’s Southeast.
How bad is the drought?...(image)
Thu, 3 Nov 2016 18:40:00 PDT
A rainy October in Northern California has lifted about a quarter of the state out of drought conditions, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday.
It’s the rosiest picture released by federal officials since the spring of 2013, when about 64% of the state was considered to be in “moderate drought”...(image)
Tue, 1 Nov 2016 14:45:00 PDT
Californians halted a three-month slide in water conservation in September, saving enough to hearten state regulators who previously had expressed alarm about possible drought fatigue.
Residents and businesses cut their water consumption by 18.3% in September compared with the same month in 2013....(image)
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:05:00 PDTThe San Juan Water District showed the rest of California how to save water when the state needed the savings most. The supplier for eastern Sacramento and southern Placer counties cut consumption 41% from 2013 levels during the summer of 2015 - the height of a years-long drought. District residents...(image)
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:05:00 PDT
TThe San Juan Water District showed the rest of California how to save water when the state needed the savings most.
The supplier for eastern Sacramento and southern Placer counties cut consumption 41% from 2013 levels during the summer of 2015 — the height of a years-long drought.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:00:00 PDT
As the state enters its sixth year of drought, Northern California is seeing some significant relief thanks to a series of powerful storms, while Southern California remains mired in record dry conditions.
Despite a rainstorm set to hit the Southland this week, the region continues to face an unprecedented...(image)
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 19:20:00 PDT
The Southland’s biggest water agency painted a surprisingly upbeat picture Monday of the region’s water supplies.
Although the Southland remains stuck in a severe drought, officials of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California say they are rebuilding depleted storage reserves with...(image)
Sat, 8 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT
Good morning. It is Saturday, Oct. 8. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:
Police shootings: The Los Angeles Police Commission is considering sweeping changes to the way the Police Department handles officer-involved shootings. The civilian panel is expected to consider...(image)
Wed, 5 Oct 2016 14:30:00 PDT
Californians’ water conservation slipped for the third consecutive month in August, prompting new alarm from regulators about whether relaxed water restrictions may be causing residents to revert to old habits as the state enters its sixth year of severe drought.
The trend raises new questions...(image)
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:30:00 PDT
There were high hopes going into water year 2016.
To hear some forecasters and scientists tell it, El Niño was coming to save California. With a little luck and a lot of rain, the drought might finally recede in its fifth year — or at least loosen its grip on the state.
The weather phenomenon did...(image)
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:20:00 PDT
Zika’s arrival in Miami Beach didn’t drive away Miriam Haskell, who is pregnant with her first child. But her questions about one of the chemicals being used to combat the mosquitoes that are spreading the virus did.
Last week, the 36-year-old public interest lawyer packed up and flew to Atlanta,...(image)
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:00:00 PDT
Air quality regulators are considering seeking an increase in vehicle registration fees for millions of Southern California drivers to help pay for smog reduction programs.
The idea, though still in preliminary stages, would be one component of a funding proposal under development by the South...(image)
Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:40:00 PDT
A year ago, the people of Shiprock watched their crops shrivel as a week without water stretched into a month, and then a whole lost season.
Bertha Etsitty’s watermelon vines curled and stiffened, even as her grandchildren emptied their water bottles on the leaves in a failed bid to keep the patch...(image)
Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:15:00 PDT
The haunting images of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi’s body washed up on a Turkish beach, and of Omran Daqneesh’s bloodied and bewildered face after his home was destroyed in Aleppo, have become emblems of the heavy toll inflicted by war and displacement on the world’s children.
But the sheer magnitude...(image)
Wed, 7 Sep 2016 14:30:00 PDT
Urban water conservation across California dipped slightly during the second month that less stringent conservation requirements have been in place, state regulators said Wednesday.
More alarming to some, the 20% water-use reduction in July, compared with the same month in 2013, also marked a sharp...(image)