El Nino

California Experiencing "Miracle March" With Rain And Snow

Mar 16, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The northern Sierra has seen nearly double the average precipitation since the beginning of March. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, one of the state’s top water managers says it’s definitely a “Miracle March.” It may seem hard to believe after such a dry February, but some of California’s largest reservoirs have approached flood operations. Lake Oroville, the largest state-operated reservoir, is 106 percent of its historical average. John Leahigh heads water operations for the State...


This past weekend’s El Nino caused storms brought needed rain to the region and as FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports enough fell in the Valley to mark a milestone in California's drought. It’s rained so much in the Central Valley this winter that for the first time since 2010 Fresno is above average for annual rainfall through the first week of March. Hanford National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Anderson says that with this recent storm, Fresno is at least an inch and a quarter above...

Ezra David Romero
Valley Public Radio

Last summer the Rough Fire grew so large that fire crews from around the world came to the Sierra Nevada east of Fresno to fight the blaze. Today the area is still feeling the effects of the 150,000 acre burn. And as FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports El Nino is bringing a whole new set of problems to the area Pine Flat Lake is rising about a half a foot a day. Recent rain and snow are slowly filling it up. “The storms have been fairly regularly spaced and they’ve been bringing some much needed...

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

Drive anywhere in Central California and you’ll see fields of almonds. Some people wonder if the growth of the almond industry is sustainable. And as FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports the price of the nut just may have met a slippery slope.

Rockfall Closes Highway 140 In Yosemite

Jan 7, 2016
National Park Service

A rockfall early this morning below the Arch Rock entrance to Yosemite National Park has closed Highway 140. Massive boulders are currently blocking the roadway, which is near the site of the 2014 Dog Rock Fire. The road is currently closed from the park entrance to the junction of Highways 120 and 140. It's unknown when the roadway will re-open. Services in El Portal are still open. The rockfall happened at about 5:45 A.M. Thursday morning, following several wet El Nino storms.

National Weather Service, Hanford

Over the last year talk of a strong El Ni ñ o has circulated the news. Now El Ni ñ o is here and storms are predicted to hit the region hard over the next two to three weeks. For more insight on what Central California should expect weather wise we turned to a California weather expert on Valley Edition. Listen to the interview above. GUEST: Daniel Swain runs the website Weather West , which has provided a unique California weather and climate discussion since 2006. He is a PhD candidate in...

Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition we talk about El Niño related storms that have begun to hit the region. Daniel Swain joins the conversation. He r uns the website Weather West , which has provided a unique California weather and climate discussion since 2006. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University. We also talk about violence happening to the Sikh community in the region. Deep Sing with the Jakara Movement and Arjun Singh Sethi with the Sikh...

Ezra David Romero

With the possibility of a strong El Nino bringing heavy rains to California, the Fresno City Council is positioning itself to take any extra water that can’t be held in Millerton Lake. The Fresno City Council vote 7-0 on a resolution to tell the federal government that it will be prepared to accept excess water should there not be enough space in the reservoir. Fresno Public Utilities Director Tommy Esqueda said the resolution is needed well in advance because the federal government may only...

Don't Count On El Niño For Sierra Snowpack

Oct 19, 2015
Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

Despite predictions for a strong El Niño to bring above-average rain to most of California, forecasters say it won't likely help where it's most needed. Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports. The NOAA Climate Prediction Center seasonal outlook does not forecast where or when snowstorms may arrive, nor does it project seasonal snowfall totals. Snow forecasts are determined by the strength and track of winter storms, which are not predictable more than a week in advance. But El Niño isn't...

Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition the program begins with Political Junkie Ken Rudin speaking with VE Host Joe Moore about Kevin McCarthy and how he could become the next House Speaker. Later in the program FM89's Ezra David Romero reports on how storms brought by El Niño could create mountain flooding because of dirt that is scared of water. After the story Kathy Allison joins the show from Sierra National Forest where she is a lookout ranger. Allison talks about the Rough Fire and what it's like...