California in Dire Need of Rain

CNN – According to a study from NASA, California needs roughly 11 trillion gallons of rain to survive its extreme drought. That’s enough water to fill 17-million Olympic swimming pools. Officials say the situation is so dire, the flooding that struck the state earlier this year barely made a dent in the drought. Most of … Continue reading »

Mainly Rain for the Showers Coming Up

WEATHER DISCUSSION A deep upper level low is slowly making its way northwest off the Northern Californian coast. As it does, the moisture that it’s pulling from the Pacific is creating quite a hazard for California. Even though the entire state is drought-stricken, the rainfall there is coming down too fast. When this happens, rain … Continue reading »

Brazil Drought May Affect Coffee Prices

BRAZIL — A drought in Brazil is sending coffee prices to their highest in years, and coffee drinkers in the U.S. could also see an impact. Brazil is the world’s biggest coffee producer. Coffee makers say this year’s crop had problems concerning size, and the beans themselves were shrunken by lack of rain. Global coffee … Continue reading »

Rain Starting to Fizzle Out

WEATHER DISCUSSION We have finally seen the heaviest of rain that will fall with this system. The last 48 hours proved to bring more rain than expected to our region, allowing for a little relief from the extremely dry conditions we’ve seen for a while. Early estimates with this storm were showing less than an … Continue reading »

It’s Raining! It’s Pouring!

MEDFORD, Ore. — Most of southern Oregon is still in either in a severe or extreme drought, and to change that, a series of rain events need to occur. In this situation, snow pack remains exceptionally important, and we’re going to have to have a very wet winter to even think about getting out of … Continue reading »

Ashland TAP Line Testing Underway

ASHLAND, Ore. — Just six months after the project was approved to move forward, the TAP┬ápipeline has been put into place. “If everything goes well in the current test, we’ll probably keep it running through the end of next week, potentially longer if it’s deemed necessary we need the water. If we have an issue … Continue reading »

California to Regulate Groundwater

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lawmakers in California continue to push legislation to regulate groundwater in the state. Right now, California is one of the last states in the west that lets residents pump as much water as they want. Yesterday the state senate passed a bill that would require some local governments to start managing wells. … Continue reading »

July Complex Uses Out Of State Resources

NEAR SAWYERS BAR, Calif. — While most of the crews brought in to work on the July Complex are from California agencies, some personnel are being brought in from out of state. Brian Leitinger was brought in from Minnesota, and has been working on the fire for more than two weeks. He said he will … Continue reading »

Rain Helps With Fires, But Not Drought

MEDFORD, Ore. — The rain across the Rogue Valley on Wednesday has been a help for firefighters, but experts warned that the area is still in drought conditions. Hydrologists said any amount of rain helps, but the drought conditions will persist until there is a more significant, sustained rainfall. They said the snowpack is generally … Continue reading »

Residents Take Action During Drought

ASHLAND, Ore. — Earlier this summer, Ashland city officials were cautious to see if water curtailment would be needed for the first time since 2009. So far, it is not needed, thanks in large part to voluntary efforts of water conservation by Ashland residents. Six and a half million gallons of water are used in … Continue reading »

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