California's wet December provided some relief the drought in parts of northern California, but the rainy windfall did not last into January.
San Francisco racked up 4.33 inches in a five-day period -- 0.3 inches more than its entire December average.
Approximately 44 percent of all of California's 3-year droughts in the past millenium have gone on to last another year, or longer.
The first in a series of storms has begun to cause rain and snow in Oregon on Monday, and is expected to reach California on Tuesday.
Unfortunately for an area that has been stricken with one of the worst droughts in history, these maps are not what the West was looking for.
The current California drought may be a mere sneak preview of longer lasting and more devastating drought in the coming century
63 trillion gallons of groundwater have evaporated from the western U.S. over the past 18 months, according to a new study, causing the ground to rise.
Dry winters are taking their toll on the Great Salt Lake, which is just a couple feet away from reaching its record low level, set over 50 years ago.
A record 58 percent of California has been declared under exceptional drought. Images tell a sobering story...
Extreme drought continues in the western U.S., where California has just experienced its warmest first half of the year on record.