KPBS Special Coverage: Drought 2014
San Diego County is in the grips of one of the most extreme droughts on record, with three-year rainfall deficits at more than a foot below average. Temperatures from January through August 2014 in San Diego County were the warmest ever recorded for that time period. Across the state, water reserves are drying up and hillsides are parched and primed for an anticipated above-average fire season.
Despite Tuesday's thunderstorms, San Diego is nearing a grim milestone of 1,000 days of drought. The conditions are taking a toll across the state.
A coalition of Central Valley farmers on Thursday donated thousands of pounds of fresh produce to San Diego’s food banks. It's part of a statewide effort to help families affected by the drought and bring awareness to the link between food and water.
Trillions of gallons of water across the western United States have been lost due to the severe drought, according to a new study. The shrinking water supply has caused the earth to rise.
A massive expansion of the San Vincente Dam and Reservoir will provide more water reserves in time of drought, like now. San Diego water officials and city leaders on Wednesday dedicated the $416 million project.
Spurred by the State Water Board for mandatory water conservation, the San Diego County Water Authority is recommending adoption of a "Level 2 Drought Alert." On KPBS Midday Edition we'll talk about what that means for San Diego County.
Severe drought conditions are hitting San Diego County's agricultural industry — from avocado growers to cattle ranchers.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which serves 19 million people from Ventura to the Mexico border, is anticipating drawing down 40 percent of its water storage this year to meet demand.
San Diego County has seen a double-digit increase in water use during the past six months, far shy of Gov. Jerry Brown's goal of a 20 percent reduction.
Using recycled water to irrigate parks, golf courses and agriculture is one thing, turning it into drinking water is quite another. But Orange County has built the largest potable recycled water project in the world.
San Diego closes the books Monday on its rainy season, or lack of one. The region is set to record its third year in a row of below normal precipitation.
San Diego utility officials say they expect to set power usage records this summer, but they say there will be enough electricity to meet demand.
One telltale sign that this year's coming El Niño could be a big one is what’s been reeled in off San Diego's coast.
Near triple-digit temperatures in inland San Diego County and the ongoing drought have prompted the state fire agency to beef up its firefighting personnel and resources.
San Diego water managers reach out for help in reducing water use in the county.
Drought Conditions Expected To Continue Into Spring
California as a whole had its warmest December through February since record keeping began in the late 1800s. Individually, San Diego experienced its 7th warmest and 7th driest winter on record.
The Colorado River provides majority of San Diego County’s water supply. But just like the record-dry Sierra, from where San Diego used to get 20 percent of its supply, the Colorado River is also under sustained pressure from drought and demand.
Between December and January, the city of San Diego drew down about 40 percent of the water in Lake Morena reservoir in East County, despite residents' protests.
The lack of rain in San Diego County could cause dozens of bird species to skip breeding and nesting this spring.
Warm, dry weather is to blame for poor air quality in some areas of California, in San Diego County, air quality remains fair.
The city and county of San Diego are battling a war of words over Lake Morena reservoir, a city-owned water source in East County.
December usually delivers Southern California a few good winter storms, but a persistent ridge of high pressure has kept the region warm and dry.