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He's asking other supervisors to consider new rules before the 2015 irrigation season, including a moratorium on new well permits for areas in Stage II and Stage III groundwater alerts until a groundwater management plan is put into place. Already this year, the county has issued more well permits than it ever has in history, county officials said during the most recent Drought Task Force meeting.
The El Nino weather pattern that was expected to bring vast amounts of rain to the state this fall and winter has been downgraded by the Climate Prediction Center, a National Weather Service agency, The CPC report said there's still a 60 to 65 percent likelihood that an El Nino will develop, but that "a majority of models and the multi-model averages favor a weak El Nino." "If we have another drought year, I think the implication will really be disastrous," Vaughn Kezirian, executive director of the Northern California Golf Association, said on Friday.
14, 2014. . Tourists watch the ocean from inside a swimming pool at a resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, Sunday, Sept.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that rangers with the Midpeninsula Open Space District descended on Lupin Lodge near Los Gatos on Thursday, saying the clothing-optional resort was illegally taking water from a nearby upstream waterfall. The resort's owners say they are entitled to use the waterfall, which they need to keep their water tank full in case of a fire and to top off their pool for both skinny-dipping and as a backup water source for a fire.
A fast-moving typhoon has slammed into the northeastern Philippines, sparking warnings of possible landslides, flash floods and storm surges. Government forecasters say Typhoon Kalmaegi, with sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour and gusts of 160 kph , blew into the boundary of Cagayan and Isabela provinces Sunday.
LSU AgCenter scientists say good moisture and light pest pressure could make this year's soybean crop a record-breaker. AgCenter soybean specialist Ron Levy tells The News-Star he has been surprised that excess rainfall has not ruined many soybean fields in Louisiana.
Helicopters drop water on a wildfire burning near a home in Silverado Canyon in eastern Orange County on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Odile's maximum sustained winds had increased to 85 by Saturday afternoon. Its center was about 505 miles south-southeast of the southern tip of Baja California and moving to the northwest at 5 mph .
Authorities in Croatia have warned that about 2,000 people need to be evacuated from fresh floods that have hit the Balkans . Heavy rainfall has caused rivers to overflow in Croatia, flooding houses and roads in the same areas of the Balkans that were devastated in May by the worst floods in 120 years.
Najeeb, 60, woke to warnings that a flood was imminent in the Gogjibagh locality of Srinagar, Kashmir, where she and her husband live. Residents were advised to leave and move to safer areas.
9, 2014, a Least Sandpiper forages for food in a rice field near Knights Landing, Calif. . In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept.
Rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells, a new analysis finds. A strange thing happened on the way to dealing with climate change: Advances in hydraulic fracturing put trillions of dollars' worth of previously unreachable oil and natural gas within humanity's grasp.
Thanks to the Southland's persistent warm weather, attendance at Los Angeles County beaches this year has already soared well above the annual average, as has the number of ocean rescues, county lifeguard officials said today. Over the last 20 years, the average number of people who visit county beaches in a year has been about 54.8 million.
The heat wave gripping the Southland will gain strength today amid temperatures in the high 90s and low 100s, sustaining an elevated risk of wildfire and creating severe health risks, especially for the elderly. “An upper level ridge of high pressure will build over the area this weekend, setting the stage for an extended period of heat for Southwestern California,” the National Weather Service said in a statement.
12, 2014. . In this Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 photo, Livingston Elementary second-grader Carter Thompson enjoys playing in the snow with classmates during recess in Cody, Wyo.
It's still summer, but snow has blanketed parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado, setting early snowfall records in some places. A snowstorm on Wednesday and Thursday dumped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of Wyoming and sent overnight temperatures plummeting into the 20s in some areas.
Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:10 am
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