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Storms make significant dent in California drought, new federal records show

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LOS ANGELES -- A week of powerful storms in Northern California has significantly eased the state's water shortage, with a large swath of the state emerging from drought conditions, officials said Thursday.

The numbers underscore what officials have been saying for several months about the drought. As a series of storms have hit Northern ...Read more

Is the great California drought finally ending?

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LOS ANGELES -- California's biggest reservoirs are swelling. As of this date, the area surrounding the Sierra Nevada has seen as much snow, sleet, hail and rain as during the wettest years on record. Rainy Los Angeles feels more like London than Southern California.

So is the great California drought finally calling it quits?

Yes. Or at least ...Read more

Tornado, flooding, fatalities and piles of snow besiege California as deluge continues

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Weeks of pounding rain and snow have increased the Sierra Nevada snowpack -- a key source of water for California -- to 158 percent of normal, officials said Wednesday.

The weather situation was more dire to the north, however, as heavy rain and snow in the Sierra Nevada and rain in the San Francisco Bay Area continued to raise river levels and...Read more

Weeks of rain are rapidly reviving California's drought-ravaged lakes

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MONO LAKE, Calif. -- Leaning against a wooden rail, environmental activist Geoffrey McQuilkin took stock of a parched geological wonderland that had been altered by a weekend deluge.

The air was still thick with moisture, and this lake's tributaries were cascading down from surrounding mountains, swollen by cargoes of fresh snowmelt and rain. ...Read more

Remembering California's storm-toppled historic Pioneer Cabin Tree

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- For 2,000 years, the "Pioneer Cabin Tree" grew in peaceful grandeur in a land not yet California -- reaching ever taller as the Miwoks hunted, the Aztecs mined gold, Chinese perfected silk, Romans expanded their empire and waves of new immigrants arrived in America.

Sunday, with the stunning finality of a beheading, it fell....Read more

Storm brings widespread flooding across Northern California; more rain on the way

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TRUCKEE, Calif. -- A roaring "Pineapple Express" weather system that drenched the northern Sierra Nevada over the weekend has begun to ease, but forecasters warned Monday that it would soon be replaced by yet another storm and plummeting temperatures.

The latest storm, the third in a series of weather events that have pounded the Sierra Nevada ...Read more

Fierce storm lashes Northern California and Nevada, unleashing floods, slides

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TRUCKEE, Calif. -- The most powerful in a series of winter storms lashed Northern California and Nevada on Sunday with heavy rains and strong winds, causing widespread flooding, downing trees and unleashing mudslides.

Tens of thousands of households lost power. Stranded motorists were rescued from rising floodwaters. And near Lake Tahoe and ...Read more

On Mammoth Mountain, avalanche control requires bringing out a big gun … the 105-mm howitzer

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MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. -- Rescuing skiers and backcountry trekkers is a life's work for men such as ski patrolman Cliff Klock and U.S. Forest Service emergency response expert Jeffrey Karl.

On Mammoth Mountain, a Sierra peak synonymous with snow, they also have a time-tested approach for dealing with avalanche hazards: They shoot at them with...Read more

Massive storm system moves into Northern California; flooding, heavy snow forecast

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MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. -- The first band of what forecasters predict will be the region's most powerful storm in a decade moved into Northern California on Saturday, prompting official warnings of widespread flooding and epic snowfall.

"People are definitely in a state of panic right now," said El Dorado County Sheriff's Sgt. Todd Hammitt. "We'...Read more

Sierra on storm watch

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MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. -- It was a postcard-perfect kind of day in Mammoth Lakes on Friday: The sky was clear. The sun shone brightly. And the snow-covered mountains beckoned to the skiers who have flocked here in recent days.

"It's a bluebird pow day, people!" the Mammoth Mountain resort tweeted, saying in gleeful skier lingo that it was ...Read more

California braces for 'once-in-10-year' storm amid fears of flooding, avalanches, blizzards

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COLFAX, Calif. -- Sierra travelers trapped by back-to-back storms that dropped more than 2 feet of snow have a brief window to pass, before the arrival of a weather system Saturday so wet forecasters are calling it an "atmospheric river."

Up to 12 inches of rain below 8,500 feet are expected, and massive amounts of snow -- up to 6 feet -- above...Read more

The hottest year in history sees the election of a new president who questions climate science

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Next month, the World Meteorological Organization is expected to declare 2016 the hottest year in recorded history -- just as the United States prepares to inaugurate a president who questions whether climate change is real.

While the election of Donald Trump has stunned the world, record warmth no longer feels surprising.

After all, the ...Read more

Thousands evacuate as Typhoon Nock-Ten nears the Philippines

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MANILA, Philippines -- Thousands of people fled their homes in the Philippines on Christmas Day as powerful Typhoon Nock-Ten barreled toward the country's eastern coast.

Nearly 12,000 passengers were stranded after sea travel was suspended and more than a dozen domestic flights to eastern provinces were canceled as the typhoon neared.

Nock-Ten...Read more

Storm brings record rainfall to LA, while snow temporarily closes the Grapevine

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LOS ANGELES -- A powerful storm brought record rainfall to parts of Southern California and closed Interstate 5 in the Grapevine for hours because of snow.

The California Highway Patrol said the 5 was closed in both directions at Parker Road about 4:25 a.m.

Around 8 a.m., officers began escorting traffic through the area, CHP Officer Peter ...Read more

Cold snap hits Midwest and Northeast

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"This morning when I walked over to work it was pretty darn cold."

So said Raymond Foss, town manager in the small town of Patten, Maine. Apparently, Foss is given to understatement. With the wind chill, the temperature in Patten on Friday plummeted to 37 degrees below zero.

The polar vortex, as it's known, has come back and sent temperatures ...Read more

Likely absence of El Nino pattern could lead to heavy hurricane activity this season, report says

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Another busy hurricane season may be on the way, according to an early assessment of climate patterns released Wednesday by a leading center for hurricane research.

A report by Colorado State University's Department of Atmospheric Science says conditions would appear to favor an above-average season, although it is ...Read more

Active 2016 hurricane season comes to end

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A busy Atlantic hurricane season came to a close Wednesday, producing the Atlantic's strongest storm in nine years, devastating western Haiti and throwing a scare into South Florida.

Hurricane Matthew, the first Category 5 storm in the Atlantic since 2007, was the most fearsome product of a hurricane season that ...Read more

Hurricane Otto leaves 4 dead in Costa Rica

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Four people were dead after late-season Hurricane Otto thrashed Costa Rica, President Luis Guillermo Solis said Friday.

The damage from the storm was heaviest in northern Costa Rica, he said.

Otto, which began as in Atlantic storm, was centered Friday over the open Pacific, after hammering the Central American isthmus ...Read more

Hurricane Otto forms off Central America

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MIAMI -- Hurricane Otto, unseasonably late, formed off the coast of Central America on Tuesday.

The National Hurricane Center warned that the Category 1 hurricane's 75 mph winds could strengthen before it strikes on Thursday near the border of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The storm was expected to cross the countries and emerge as a weaker ...Read more

Another hurricane? It's possible, but unlikely to threaten Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Just when we thought hurricane season was pretty much over, a reminder that it isn't.

A smattering of clouds and showers in the southwestern Caribbean Sea is likely to become a tropical depression by the end of the weekend, and possibly a tropical storm or hurricane, forecasters say.

"The odds are against the system to...Read more