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Special Coverage: Drought

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.

Rain slows commute, causes flooding (w/video)

Sonoma County is drying out after slick roads slowed the Friday commute with showers causing some flooding and contributing to several minor crashes.

Wetter than usual start to new year in California predicted (w/video)

Scientists say there is a 75 percent chance of average or above-average rain between January and March for California.

PD Editorial: Bring better science to dam management

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

Agriculture briefs

The Marin County Farm Bureau was recently named County Farm Bureau of the Year for bureaus with 199 or fewer agricultural members.

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.

Rising water in Petaluma, south county closes roads, threatens homes (w/video)

San Antonio Creek overflowed its banks at the county line Thursday and cars on Highway 101 moved through the foot-deep water at 15 miles per hour.

Significant flooding in central Healdsburg (w/video)

A Safeway parking lot turned into a playground for kayakers, and businesses saw waters from Foss Creek lapping at their doors Thursday.

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.

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