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Dry Winter Sparks Fears of Another Drought in California

Dry Winter Sparks Fears of Another Drought in California

The snowpack that’s essential for California’s water supply is at critically low levels again this year, raising fears of the return of a drought. On Thursday, researchers from the state’s Department …

At least 13 dead as heavy rains trigger flooding, mudflows, freeway closures across Southern California

At least 13 dead as heavy rains trigger flooding, mudflows, freeway closures across Southern California

MONTECITO, Calif. — At least thirteen people were killed Tuesday when a rainstorm sent mud and debris coursing through Montecito neighborhoods and left rescue crews to scramble through clogged roadways and downed trees to search for victims.

California mudslides demolish homes, five deaths reported

California mudslides demolish homes, five deaths reported

Mudlsides unleashed by a ferocious storm demolished homes in southern California, authorities said Tuesday. Five people were reported killed. Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) says the bodies were discovered in mud and debris during rescue operations in Montecito, northwest of Los Angeles, according to various reports.

Southern California braces for heavy rainstorm Monday, threatening burn areas with runoff

Southern California braces for heavy rainstorm Monday, threatening burn areas with runoff

Southern California is bracing for the first significant rainstorm to hit the region in nearly a year, beginning Monday and with the heaviest rain expected in some burn areas, forecasters said. Almost four inches of rain is expected in eastern Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County over 12 hours from Monday evening through Tuesday […]

Are You Rain Ready? ¿Está Usted “Listo para la Lluvia”?

Are You Rain Ready?  ¿Está Usted “Listo para la Lluvia”?

Oxnard, California – As the rainy season approaches, Oxnard residents are encouraged to prepare their homes and businesses. Taking action now can prevent damage and flooding when the rains arrive. Simply cleaning out gutters and downspouts can make a big difference. Clearing leaves and debris away from yard and storm drains can prevent them from […]

Is there a way to send excess rainfall to the desert?

Is there a way to send excess rainfall to the desert?

You would need a very, very big boat Drought fixed. Rami Niemi Nearly every water-ferrying proposal flounders on the same challenge: Water weighs a ton. Literally. A cubic meter of it—the size of a washing machine—tips the scales at 2,000 pounds. A convoy of trucks or cargo ships carrying the stuff might quench a short-term […]

8,200 years ago, California’s forecast was 150 years of rain

8,200 years ago, California’s forecast was 150 years of rain

Cave deposits reveal the region’s stormy past. A quarter section of White Moon Cave stalagmite dated to show changes during the Holocene anomaly. Jessica Oster, Vanderbilt University Once upon a time, Californians would have no excuse to complain about a drought. Some 8,200 years ago, the area was wet and stormy for a stretch of […]

Heavy Rain May Have Once Fallen on Mars

Heavy Rain May Have Once Fallen on Mars

Heavy rain shaped the Martian landscape billions of years ago, according to a new study. According to researchers at the Smithsonian Institution and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, rain on Mars once carved river beds and created valleys much like rain on Earth has, and does. It no longer rains on the Red […]

Harvesting the Rain in Ventura County – Part Three

Harvesting the Rain in Ventura County – Part Three

By Tim Pompey Ventura County Water Agencies Discuss Stormwater Capture County Supervisor Steve Bennett County Supervisor Steve Bennett has been active in environmental concerns in the county, particularly with the SOAR (Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources) initiative According to Bennett, the county has been very active in supporting rain barrels and hosting discounted barrel […]

Harvesting the Rain in Ventura County – Part Two

Harvesting the Rain in Ventura County – Part Two

By Tim Pompey Ventura County Water Agencies Discuss Stormwater Capture West County Most of the western county’s water supply comes from the watershed of the Ventura river and is stored in Lake Casitas. Casitas, like other local reservoirs, has suffered greatly from the drought. In the City of Ventura, Tully Clifford, the Public Works Director […]

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