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Drought conditions improve

Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Michael Catelli

March 29, 2016

On January 17, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown declared the extreme conditions of the drought a state of emergency and demanded water usage cutbacks in hopes to save this state from drying up. Since 2014, Californians have been cutting back on water use at home in ways such as not watering the lawn to taking...

Lake Oroville water level rises to the occasion

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Amelia Storm

March 10, 2016

With sensors recording almost 5 inches of rainfall, Lake Oroville reached peak water levels this week. After being effected severely by the drought, the lake rose more than 20 feet after 3 nights of consistent rainfall. The last time the lake was at this capacity was August 2013, when it was measured a...

El Nino brings warmer weather to Chico

El Nino's warmer currents shift eastward in the Pacific Ocean causing changes in temperature across the United States. Photo credit: Christine Zuniga

Christine Zuniga

March 2, 2016

Although March is only beginning, students around Chico State are already sporting shorts and sunglasses with the prospect of continued warm weather, thanks to El Nino. The hype behind El Nino seems to stem from a lack of understanding of what this weather phenomenon actually is and how it can affect ...

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