February 15, 2018

Much of the southwestern United States has seen below-average amounts of snow fall so far during Winter. While currently impacting ski resorts across the region, the lack of snow could bring even greater problems to water resources later this year.

January 11, 2018

Early estimates suggest precipitation in the past 7 days was up to 400% of normal in parts of southern California. In hilly terrain scorched by wildfires in December 2017, the heavy January rains led to deadly mudslides. 

December 15, 2017

Uncommonly large wildfires for so late in the season devastated parts of southern California, especially in areas around Los Angeles.

Satellite image of smoke from wildfires
October 11, 2017

California's second-wettest winter and hottest summer primed the state for devastating wildfires in October 2017.

March 28, 2017

Following years of exceptional drought, California's southeastern deserts were awash in a superbloom of short-lived but spectacular wildflowers in March 2017.

February 14, 2017

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.

January 30, 2017

Tremendous rain and snow batter California during the month of January.

February 3, 2016

Rains arrived in California during January 2016, but the drought remains.

October 21, 2015

Torrential rains, flash floods and mudslides in southern California were the result of the itinerate journey of an upper-level low pressure system.

September 11, 2015

To climb out of the bottom 20% bracket for 5-year precipitation totals, precipitation in the upcoming water year must be 135-160% of normal in northern California, 160% of normal in the Southeast, and 198% of normal in the San Joaquin Valley.