On Friday, April 7, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown issued an executive order ending the drought emergency in all but a few California counties. This came about 27 months after he declared a state of drought emergency for California on January 17, 2014. At that point, the state was headed into its fourth straight year of drought. Private wells were drying up, trees were dying, as was ground water. It was going to take the combined efforts of all Californians to change the way we behaved to save our water, and make sure we had enough for tomorrow. It was also going to take an unprecedented level of cooperation and leadership from local, state, federal, private and non-governmental agencies to respond effectively to the mounting problems resulting from the drought, and change the direction California … continue reading »
This time of year in California the weather can switch from spring-like temperatures in the high 70s to a winter-sized storm in a span of 24 hours. Northern California is bracing for that exact scenario on Friday, when a drastic turn in the weather is expected to switch from sunshine to moderate rain and heavy snowfall.
The heaviest precipitation will occur Friday and continue into Saturday, with snow levels in the sierras initially around 6,000 feet before dropping to between 2,500-3,000 by Sunday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Thunderstorms in the valley are possible for Friday and Saturday.
The combination of a wet winter and eventual sustained warm weather elevates the possibility of spring snowmelt flooding in various areas … continue reading »