Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Perfect storm

Winter rains finally start to boost key state reservoirs

Cars are partially submerged by rising water as a major storm hits the area in Berkeley. PAUL CHINN/San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

San Jose Mercury News

After three years of relentlessly bad news about California's historic drought, the drenching storm that barreled in Thursday finally delivered the state some desperately needed good news. One storm does not end a drought as severe as this one, but this storm and last week's milder one have saturated the parched ground across Northern California so much that rainfall is finally starting to fill up the state's dangerously low reservoirs.


A jarring shift away from drought-mentality mode

Santa Rosa Press-Democrat

The largest winter storm in years walloped the North Coast on Thursday, delivering more rain than local creeks could hold, flooding roadways, prompting widespread school closures and disrupting life for most of the region. The outright drenching proved a jarring shift away from drought-mentality mode, forcing residents to rethink normal daily activities, reschedule meetings and exams, and cancel what would have been festive holiday events.


Lawmakers look to 2015 for drought legislation


California lawmakers' failure to pass water legislation this Congress raises questions about strategy, tactics and the ability to learn from falling short. It also sets the stage for next year when — wait for it — the whole anti-drought drama returns for an encore.

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