Heavy rains in the first part of February 2017 raised water levels in California's Oroville Reservoir past capacity, and erosion of the spillways led to evacuations for communities below the dam.
Tremendous rain and snow batter California during the month of January.
A fire hose of moisture pointed directly at the Gulf Coast led to up to two feet of rain in Louisiana in less than a week.
Federal law may protect the river habitat in the name of endangered fish, but on land, grapevines are king. This article is the first in a two-part series about how scientists are helping find compromise amid local tensions over water supplies.