Shasta Dam spillway gates open

Whether enough rain and snow falls on northern California this winter to force management decisions like the opening of spillway gates at major dams remains to be seen. Still, forecasters are suggesting that El Niño could bring record rains to the state this winter.

10 must-read drought stories for Oct. 8

Will rain and snow return to California this winter? Forecasters seem to think so.

South Carolina flooding: water rescues ongoing as crews search door-to-door ICYMI: Over two feet of rain has been reported in parts of South Carolina as record rains ravage the state. Storm totals exceed what many locations in California had during the last two seasons.

Will El Niño ‘solve’ drought? Not if the rain falls in southern California California’s water situation next year will depend on where El Niño aims its firehose this winter. A direct hit at northern California and the central Sierra would be much better than one aimed at southern California.

More California winemakers using less water to grow grapes For some grape growers, dryland farming is more about creating a flavorful grape for wine, regardless of the ebbs and flows of California’s Mediterranean climate.

Panel to debate long-awaited drought measure It’s a good thing lawmakers have the luxury of time to “threat the needle” and take years to debate water issues while fewer crops are planted, more crops die, farmworkers remain out of work and people continue to go without water in California.

El Niño will be big, but it probably won’t kill the drought Those alive to recall the predictions from the 1977 drought in California may remember the forecasts suggesting reservoirs would take 20 years to fill. History proves them woefully wrong.

Oregon worst in US for drought conditions While their southern neighbor may argue that distinction, the western drought has caused problems from San Diego to British Columbia, Canada, where water rationing in Vancouver forbids irrigating lawns, refilling swimming pools and the washing of cars.

September rains end drought Where did drought die last month?

Drought dries up fall festival at Lombardi Ranch in Santa Clarita Urban residents looking to buy pumpkins and spend a day “in the country” (relatively speaking) won’t get that chance this year in Santa Clarita as a popular location was forced to shutter its fall festival due to the drought.

Temecula: Water district might reduce drought surcharge As California water supplies shrunk to historically-low levels the one thing that didn’t shrink was the cost of the “liquid gold.” Now it appears some may be getting a reprieve from record-high water costs.

Drought talks could bring legislative showdown in Nevada Maybe so, but if it’s like the debates in Sacramento and Washington D.C., they’ll be dry of the substantive changes necessary to help Nevada resident’s weather future dry spells.

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