California Still Needs 11 Trillion Gallons Of Water To End Its Drought

Despite recent rains in California, it's still going to take about 11 trillion gallons of water for the state to recover from its historic and ongoing drought. Shockingly, that's around 1.5 times the maximum volume of water in the U.S.'s largest reservoir. » 12/17/14 2:30pm 12/17/14 2:30pm

California's Ongoing Drought Is Its Most Severe in 1,200 Years

A recent study published by the American Geophysical Union concludes California's ongoing megadrought is the worst the state has seen in more than a millennium. » 12/04/14 4:30pm 12/04/14 4:30pm

California's Ongoing Drought Linked To Climate Change

Using a sophisticated combination of computer simulations and statistical techniques, scientists at Stanford University have shown that the extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California's lengthy drought are likely caused by today's global warming conditions. » 9/29/14 2:40pm 9/29/14 2:40pm

Just How Bad Is California's Drought? Here's A Scary, 10-Second Answer.

California continues to dry up. The latest figures indicate more than 80% of the state is in extreme drought, or worse, exceptional drought. These are sobering numbers, to be sure, but for an even better perspective on the drought's unprecedented progression, check out this GIF, created by L.A. Times reader Alvaro… » 8/09/14 9:15am 8/09/14 9:15am

California just had its warmest winter on record

California just had its warmest winter since record keeping began 119 years ago, according to newly published NOAA data. Meanwhile, the midwest is recovering from one of its top-ten coldest seasons ever. The jury's still out on the role of climate change in both regions' wintertide weirdness. Tim McDonnel has details… » 3/13/14 2:40pm 3/13/14 2:40pm

California's terrifying drought, summed up in two satellite images

California has declared a state of emergency after enduring months of a drought that has left the state with only half the rainfall of the lowest rainfall year on record. Nothing captures the foreboding more than these two stark images. » 1/22/14 4:47pm 1/22/14 4:47pm