Special Coverage: Drought

Homegrown: The challenge of planting this spring

Drought, unseasonable warmth, early growth, and the threat of frost top gardener's worries for spring planting.

Friday’s Letters to the Editor

Press Democrat readers’ views on ‘mega-drought,’ bike helmets and more.

Cloverdale dials back mandatory water conservation to voluntary

Plugging of major leaks in city pipelines, drilling of two new wells and easing of state’s drought cited as reasons for decision.

State's ski resorts suffering from stingy snowfall

The drought has affected all of California's ski resorts, but midsize and family-owned resorts are struggling the most.

Lake Mendocino at highest level in 2 years

Raised to more than 97 percent of storage capacity by the recent storm, the reservoir has returned to a level it hasn’t hit in more than two years. In a shift Wednesday, the feds gave the OK to forgo flood control releases and store some additional water in the reservoir.

After the storm, a week of calm expected (w/video)

Crews worked to clear the roads and get lights back on Monday after three days of rain which dumped up to 5 inches in Ukiah and brought local reservoirs close to ideal levels for this time of year.

Federal government to boost drought funding by $50 million (w/video)

The federal government is offering up to $50 million for drought relief in western states as California enters a fourth year of drought, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Gov. Brown announced Friday.

PD Editorial: Facing facts after a hot, dry month

It’s like some alternative version of the movie 'Groundhog Day,' where an entire state has different weather experiences each year but keeps ending up in the same dry place.

Agriculture briefs

Facing the prospect of a fourth consecutive drought year, state and federal regulators will meet Tuesday with state farm officials in Sacramento.

Survey: Sierra Nevada snowpack far below normal

California's second snow survey finds the Sierra Nevada snowpack far below normal after a dry and unusually warm January.

PD Editorial: No more red herrings in water talks

The delta smelt is an easy target. It’s small, no more than 3 inches long, and has no unusual features. Few people ever see one.

Springlike days mean drought drags on

The downside to the recent warm weather is huge: A high pressure ridge parked off the West Coast is forcing storms north into Canada and leaving the state with another virtually bone dry January

Lingering drought suspends cross-country skiing near Tahoe (w/video)

A popular cross-country ski area near Lake Tahoe has temporarily closed due to a lack of snow, the latest in a series of closures due to the drought.

Drought highlights north-south disparity in California water savings

North Coast residents continue to outpace the rest of the state in water conservation, with the state’s driest and most populous region, Southern California, lagging far behind. Billions of dollars have been spent to close that conservation gap, but Southern Californians could still do more, officials say.

PD Editorial: Questions ahead on state water supply

A succession of December storms filled North Coast reservoirs to their highest level in months, but the most important gauge of California’s water storage is still stuck on drought.

Californians improve slightly on water-saving efforts

New figures out Tuesday show Californians are doing slightly better on conserving water during the drought.

Forecasters: Dry spell around for a bit longer, then rain

A breakdown in the high pressure ridge that has shielded most of the state since before Christmas is expected to bring the Santa Rosa area a substantial storm in the third week of this month, followed by another one in late February or early March.

California snow survey shows higher snowpack (w/video)

The winter's first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack Tuesday found more snow than last year at this time, but officials said more is needed to end the California drought.

2014 in review: Protest, drought, quake rattled Sonoma County, North Coast

Feet pounded the ground in protest, the balance of political power shifted and an August earthquake south of Napa struck terror in the darkness.

Ski resorts’ uphill battle with drought

Water experts in California are cautioning that a couple of mid-December storms do not a drought-buster make.

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