Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

Some relief

Storm sets rainfall records, triggers trouble in fire zones

Once again High Street in Oakland floods after a night of heavy rain just in time for Monday morning commuters. LAURA A. ODA / Bay Ara News Groujp

Bay Area News Group

Mercury News

What a difference a month makes. After a bone dry December, the stubborn atmospheric ridge of the Pacific Coast has broken down, the storm door has opened up, and on Monday, Californians from Redding to San Diego welcomed something we haven’t seen all winter: the Golden State’s first significant storm of the season. Residents in fire-damaged regions in both the north and south faced flash flood watches and warnings, with some evacuations near the Thomas Fire.


Here’s what winter storm means for the water year

Sacramento Bee

California finally got its first real taste of winter weather Monday as a substantial rainstorm swept through the state. Although the storm started out fairly warm, bringing mostly rain, parts of the Sierra Nevada could expect as much as 30 inches of snow. This new storm “will make a decent dent” for areas hit by a dry spell, a National Weather Service spokesman said.


Agency embarks on strategy to restore canal flows

Western Farm Press & KPIX San Francisco

Subsidence along the Friant-Kern Canal is nothing new. However, a 5-inch drop within the past year in southern Tulare County is troublesome as it caused a 60 percent reduction in deliveries to districts along the lower half of the canal system. The Friant Water Authority is embarking on three-phase plan to restore canal flows to design capacity and boost deliveries to affected irrigation districts.