Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

A real soaker

Month's rains swamp most years' January figures

Graeme Paterson walks along the Embarcadero during a rainstorm in San Francisco. GABRIELLE LURIE / San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

What has felt like an especially wet January in California isn't an effect of people becoming accustomed to the past half decade of drought. It really has been an exceptionally soaking month. San Francisco is experiencing the seventh-wettest January on record to date, and some parts of the state are approaching rainfall totals 200 percent of normal for the rain season that began on Oct. 1.

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After drought, Sacramento confronts an old foe

Sacramento Bee

In the years before California's drought, it wasn't unusual for Sacramentans to spend winters worrying about floods. After more than five years with little rain, the past two weeks delivered a bracing reminder that the region remains vulnerable to rising waters and overtopped levees.

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Unfinished business: Colo. River deals, Salton Sea

Palm Springs Desert Sun

Two days before President Trump's inauguration, outgoing Interior Secretary Sally Jewell laid out a game plan for averting serious water shortages along the Colorado River. She also pledged to coordinate with California officials to manage the shrinking Salton Sea. But new administration isn't bound by Jewell's order.

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