Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

How dry is it?

California has slim chance of normal rainfall this winter

As California’s dry December continues, the National Weather Service issued a “red flag” warning for this weekend in parts of Northern and Central California.  NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE


Sacramento Bee

This is how dry it has been so far this season: California’s chances of having a normal “water year” have fallen to about 33 percent, according to a federal scientist. Those dismal odds are based on the amount of rain and snow that has fallen so far this year – and the history of how much precipitation California traditionally gets in the remaining months of the rainy season.


Winds help clear smoke, but health risks remain

Los Angeles Times

Raging Santa Ana winds helped clear out smoke Sunday from the massive Thomas Fire in Ventura County, but health officials cautioned residents that “non-smoky” conditions don’t mean that the air is safe to breathe. The cities of Ojai, Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Paula and Camarillo all recorded “unhealthy” air quality ratings.


Court fails to resolve conflict on groundwater fees

Northern California Record

Despite hopes for a resolution after two appeals courts issued conflicting rulings over whether groundwater extraction fees violate the state's constitution, the California Supreme Court has sent part of that question back to the district court. A compliance legal expert, though, tells local agencies to consider existing guidelines.