Lake Oroville, one of the largest reservoirs in California, is at 55 percent of its water capacity due to severe droughts.
"It's pretty unusual to have so many intentionally set fires in a relatively short period of time," a fire district spokesman said earlier this week.
Despite being venomous, rattlesnakes rarely kill people, although their bites can be deadly or cause severe health problems if they are not treated quickly.
Parts of the state's water system are still under stress from extremely dry conditions earlier in 2021 that dropped reservoirs to record and near-record lows.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission announced a state of emergency in four counties, telling water customers to reduce use by 10 percent or face a surcharge.
Extreme wet weather in the wake of a "bomb cyclone" has forced a Californian city to declare a state of emergency.
Despite drought warnings, the Mammoth Ski Resort is able to open next weekend, two weeks earlier than its usual opening.
"Summer has barely begun and we have already had repeated extreme heat events creating dangerous conditions and shattering records across the country," said multiple energy agencies in a joint statement.
Lake Oroville helps irrigate about 25% of crops in the U.S. annually.
"This summer we're going into fire season with drier fuels than we were at this time last year," said a UCLA climate and fire scientist.
By early May, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) reported at least 9,392 acres burned since the start of the year—more than three times the five-year average Cal Fire reported over the same time period in previous years.
"Every year that goes by seems to bring a new round of record-breaking weather events, many with devastating consequences," researcher Douglas Le Comte said.
Researchers say they are "unfortunately confident" Southwest will be hit by megadroughts again as a result of climate change.
In the new book "Downriver," Heather Hansman paddles the length of the Green River—the biggest tributary of the Colorado River - in an attempt to understand the fight overwater, and what's going to happen to those battles in a hotter, drier, more crowded future.
The new machines could represent the biggest leap forward in the industry since electric-powered washing machines.
Researchers used laser-imaging technology mounted to a plane to map the tree health of California's forests and found things may soon get a lot worse.
Flights were delayed about 45 minutes and Bay Area Rapid Transit about 10 minutes.
NOAA's winter outlook suggest things are going to get worse for the parched Pacific Northwest states.
Power has shifted from those who believe people come first to those who view them as a scourge.
A new study finds California hasn't had this meager of a snowpack in the past 500 years.
A rapidly spreading wildfire roared for a third day in the Sierras, threatening mountain communities near Sacramento.
A citizen scientist came up with the seeds for a potentially drought-proof lawn.
The appearance of a dead whale in the Bay Area city is the latest development in an ongoing trend.
Scientists have calculated how much less severe the drought would be without climate change.