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Special Coverage: Drought

PD Editorial: Bring better science to dam management

Is the drought over? We won’t match wits with meteorologists or second guess climate scientists.

Storm pounds North Coast with 8+ inches of rain (w/video)

The largest winter storm in years pummeled Sonoma County on Thursday, sending trees crashing across roads, causing creeks to spill their banks, closing local schools and knocking out power to thousands.

Strongest storm since '08 headed to North Bay (w/video)

Forecasters expecting anywhere from 5 inches in the lowlands of Sonoma County to 8 inches in the coastal mountains starting Wednesday night

Deluge has begun on North Coast

At least a dozen schools closed because of storm concerns while forecasters warn copious runoff could raise most rivers beyond flood stage by Friday

Days of rain transform North Bay landscape (w/video)

Concerns of another arid winter have faded, at least temporarily, after five days of wet weather has swelled streams and turned the countryside green.

PD Editorial: House should reject hasty drought bill

It’s a given that recent rains and prospects of a major storm on Wednesday offer hope of relief for California, but they do little to mollify concerns about the state’s historic drought conditions.

More rain soaks North Bay (w/video)

Showers and bands of rain are lined up over the area into the weekend and 1-2 feet of snow is due in the higher reaches of the Sierra, according to weather forecasters.

State water officials optimistic for 2015

After 3 years of drought, the rain and snow forecast provides some hope for next year.

California braces for more wet weather

Forecasters say the rainfall is expected to be widespread and heavy at times.

First rainstorm dropped third of an inch in Santa Rosa

The storm, which began Friday evening and lasted through Saturday afternoon, dropped 0.35 of an inch of rain at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.

Get out your rain gear, North Bay is about to get drenched

Between 5 and 7 inches could fall over the North Bay in the next several days, the most at one time since 2012.

Sonoma County storms could bring rainfall total up to normal

Two systems, the first set to arrive Friday, could deliver 5 to 7 inches of rain, helping fill drought-starved reservoirs and rivers, and possibly pushing seasonal rainfall to near normal levels.

Storms brought 1 to 3 inches of rain to Sonoma County (w/video)

Recent wet weather is not nearly enough to move the needle on the region’s parched reservoirs, water officials said.

Southern California man faces possible jail time for not watering lawn

The homeowner is charged with two misdemeanors for failing to properly maintain his front yard and parkway space.

More rain ahead for Sonoma County

More than an inch of rain has fallen across Sonoma County this week and the rain's not over yet.

Grape growers cheer lifting of diversion order on upper Russian River

The ban on diversions for junior water right holders strained supplies for dozens of growers this summer. Now they’ll be able to store water during winter storms, if the rains come.

Dry Central California town getting portable showers

Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.

Agriculture briefs

Diesel regulations workshop on Dec. 11 Farmers with diesel trucks can learn about revised regulations affecting their fleets at a Dec.

Keeping tabs on North Coast’s water use

While a state report on per-capita water use shows most customers have cut consumption, some areas have higher potential for savings.

Bay Area water thieves targeting hydrants

Bay Area water officials are looking at raising the fine for stealing water from $25 to $250 after residents reported seeing people tapping into fire hydrants late at night.

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