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Latest Rain and Snow Help Parched Valley Water Prospects

More than eighth-tenths of an inch of rain has fallen in Fresno since Friday. And, while not a "March Miracle," this latest storm has pushed the monthly total to 2 inches — with the promise of more Thursday. Here are a few updated numbers for precipitation ...
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Dry January Puts a Hurt on California Snowpack

PHILLIPS STATION — California's weather turned largely dry in January and left the water content of the Sierra Nevada snowpack below average for this time of year, state officials said after measurements Thursd...
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December Storms Deliver Good Start for Sierra Snowpack

Electronic readings from 130 stations throughout California indicate that the state's snow water equivalent is 9.3 inches. That's 90% of the Jan. 2 average. “While the series of cold weather storms in November and December has provided a good start to the 2...

Rising Waters in Yosemite: So Beautiful, So Dangerous

Water is coming on strong in Yosemite National Park. Rivers and waterfalls tumbling over some of nature's most spectacular landscapes are an incredible sight. They also are incredibly hazardous and potentially deadly. The National Weather Service and Nation...
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Valley Waterways Are Beautiful, Cold, and Deadly.

Going to Yosemite or a San Joaquin Valley's waterway this weekend? Be careful. We want you to come back alive. The combination of a huge Sierra snowpack and warming temperatures are filling creeks, rivers...

Snow Survey Finds California Water Nearly Doubled

PHILLIPS STATION — California water officials say cities and farms can expect ample water supplies this summer after winter storms blanketed the Sierra Nevada, nearly doubling the snowpack average for this time of year. The Department of Water Resources sai...