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Driver in Deadly Chattanooga School Bus Crash Was Going About 50 MPH in 30 MPH Zone: Investigator

“There are families in mourning, there are families that are still dealing with loved ones in the hospital in intensive care,” attorney Amanda Dunn said. The company said his last shift before the November 21 crash was an overnight on November 19. The accident was the second time in two months that Walker crashed a school bus. “He is a marvelous son. Walker’s mother, Gwenevere Cook, told CNN her son was a respected man and the father of a 3-year-old son. In a YouTube statement, Durham School Services CEO David Duke said the incident left him filled with pain. Going back to at least September, parents and students had complained to Hamilton County Department of Education employees about Walker’s alleged disregard for children’s safety, records show. “We’re hopeful that the investigation can conclude quickly and we have a better understanding of what occurred. What did parents think of the driver? How did the crash happen? Police said no children were injured in the earlier “minor wreck.”
What does the bus company say? “Mr. Mr. Six children — aged 6 to 10 — died after the crash. More than a dozen others were injured. …”
Here’s what we know about the crash so far. Some of those taken to the hospital were too young to know their last names and could only identify their mothers as “Mama.”
Who was Johnthony Walker?? The impact of the crash almost split the vehicle in half. Walker faces vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving charges. Duke said the company was cooperating with National Transportation Safety Board and local investigators. Walker’s family is also devastated by this tragedy. Walker’s driving, combined with his very high speed and weaving within his lane.”
Who was on the bus? The driver in a deadly school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was speeding about 50 mph in a 30 mph zone, a police investigator said in court Thursday. On the afternoon of Monday, November 21, the No. The November 21 crash in killed six children. For two years he worked two jobs. The bus was carrying 37 students from Woodmore Elementary School. According to the court affidavit, the charges were brought “because of the reckless nature of Mr.  

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Sixth Child Dies After Tennessee School Bus Crash; Driver Tests Negative for Alcohol, Drugs A principal expressed concern about Walker’s driving twice in the weeks before the crash, students claimed he was trying to injure them and a parent, responding to complaints he had cursed at children and tried to hurt them with his driving, threatened to beat Walker up, the records allege. Walker has been devastated,” she said. (Credit: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office)
Officer Joe Warren of the Chattanooga Police Department’s traffic division testified that he knew he was “dealing with a bus that was going too fast.” Warren said he estimated the speed of the bus at between 50 and 52 mph, about 20 mph above the posted speed limit. Investigators say the driver lost control of the bus while driving down an unapproved route at well over the speed limit. “I can’t fathom the anguish of the parents whose children were involved in this horrific accident and it involved one of my company’s buses,” he said. Warren also said an onboard camera video showed that bus driver Johnthony Walker was using his cell phone on the bus, but Warren did not say when that occurred. In a later video statement, he said the company was bringing in additional safety measures including equipping buses with smart cameras that would activate and record when they sensed unusual driving, he said. At the close of Thursday’s hearing Hamilton County General Sessions Judge Lila Statom found there was enough evidence against Walker to send his case to a grand jury. Woodmore Elementary School bus driver Johnthony Walker has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving, according to Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher. He’s never been in trouble before,” Cook said. Meantime, Walker complained to officials that throughout the fall, saying students failed to heed his safety instructions and treated him with disrespect. 366 school bus swerved off a street, toppled on its side and slammed into a tree. It is illegal for a school bus driver to use a cell phone once the first child has boarded the vehicle whether it is moving or not, Warren said. Walker worked at Amazon as a fulfillment associate. It would also install a secure nationwide cloud-based complaint management system, he said. At the time, Walker’s attorney said the crash had been a “devastating tragedy” for the Chattanooga community.

Man With Two Wives Killed Woman He Had Married to Get Green Card: Tulare County Sheriff

The 30-year-old mother of four was last seen just after midnight on June 9 leaving the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, Calif., in her gray 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. (Credit: Tulare County Sheriff’s Office)
On Tuesday, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office booked Valdivia and his wife, Rosalina Lopez, on suspicion of murder, saying the couple killed Vadivia’s other wife, Cecilia Bravo Cabrera. Francisco Yanes Valdivia, left, and Rosalina Lopez, right, were arrested on suspicion of murder in the suspected killing of Cecilia Bravo Cabrera, authorities said. Five hours later, California Highway Patrol officers and firefighters found her car torched in an orchard near the small town of Traver, roughly 17 miles north of Visalia. Cabrera hasn’t been seen or heard from for more than six months — not even on her beloved social media feeds — and investigators say they’re sure she’s dead. Authorities say Francisco Yanes Valdivia married a woman to get his green card; problem was, he already had a wife. 36.330228
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Ex-Milwaukee Police Officer Charged With First-Degree Reckless Homicide in Fatal Shooting of Sylville Smith

Police have said the former officer shot Smith after he failed to comply with orders to put down his gun, which was loaded with 23 rounds — more than the officer was carrying. Body-camera video from another officer shows the ex-cop, Dominique Heaggan-Brown, fired a second shot into Smith’s chest after the suspect had tossed his weapon and had his hands near his head, according to the complaint.  
The former Milwaukee cop who fatally shot Sylville Smith last summer was charged Thursday with first-degree reckless homicide, according to a criminal complaint. Smith — described by family as a caring father, a loyal friend and popular dancer in Milwaukee’s thriving hip-hop scene — was known to Heaggan-Brown before the fatal encounter in August, Smith’s relatives and friends said at the time. Smith had been armed with a semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine but Heaggan-Brown’s body camera showed that he tossed the weapon over a fence moments before he was shot the first time, the complaint said. Heaggan-Brown, who was fired following a sexual assault investigation in a separate case, faces a maximum prison sentence of 60 years if convicted in the fatal shooting of the 23-year-old, whose death sparked days of unrest in the Wisconsin city. Check back for updates on this developing story. Dominque Heaggan-Brown is seen in a booking photo obtained by KTLA sister station WITI. 43.038902
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Thursday Forecast: Heavy Overnight Showers

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Henry DiCarlo has KTLA’s forecast on Dec.

Powerful Storm System to Bring Potentially Heavy Rain to Southern California Thursday and Friday

Rainfall totals are expected to be between 1/2 to 1 1/2 inch for the coasts and valleys, with 1 to 3 inches in the foothills and southwest-facing mountain slopes. As a result, as flash flood watch has been issued for those areas and will be in effect between Thursday night and Friday morning, according to the weather service. Heavier rains near recent burn scar areas could lead to flash flooding in those parts. A “strong” storm system is forecast to sweep through Southern California on Thursday and Friday, bringing potentially heavy rain to parts of the region and prompting the National Weather Service to warn of possible flash flooding in recent burn areas. Periods of moderate to heavy rain could fall in parts of Los Angeles County and surrounding areas from Thursday night into Friday morning, according to the weather service. Along the coast, winds of 10 to 25 mph are forecasts, with expected gusts topping out at around 30 mph. Heavier amounts are possible in the mountains and foothills. Scattered showers are likely on Friday after the precipitation tapers off. In this file photo, San Dimas Public Works Supervisor Terry Gregory clears a clogged drain last January as heavy rains caused flooding and mud flows in San Dimas, Glendora and Azusa. 34.959208
-116.419389 In addition to rain, snow levels are also expected to plummet to mountain-pass levels by Friday afternoon. Rain-slickened roads could also be problematic for motorists. (Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Light precipitation is expected to reach the area by Thursday afternoon before developing into moderate to heavy rain in the evening hours, forecasters said. The strongest winds are forecast to hit Friday afternoon, according to the weather service. The steady rain could also disrupt the evening commute Thursday evening and rush hour on Friday morning, as possible “ponding of water” forms on freeways in low lying areas, forecasters said. Gusty winds are also forecast to hit the area, bringing the potential for tree damage and power outages. Areas under the flood watch include the Santa Monica and San Bernardino mountains, and the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys.  The levels will drop rapidly between 4,000 to 5,000 feet by early evening, falling to as low as 3,500 feet on Friday night. Deserts and mountains will likely experience wind speeds of 20 to 50 mph, with powerful gusts of up to 75 mph at the mountain ridge tops and 60 mph in desert areas. The 5 Freeway near the Grapevine could be impacted by the snow on Friday night.

Victims’ Families Sob During Closing Argument of Confessed Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof’s Trial

 

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Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Can Represent Himself at Trial, Federal Judge Decides Prosecutors presented Roof as a “cold and calculating” killer. (Credit: Randall Hill – Pool/Getty Images)
Roof, a 22-year-old self-declared white supremacist, has admitted to last year’s killings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. And they watched a video of Roof laughing after admitting he killed the victims. “The parishioners could not have seen the hatred in his heart,” Williams said. “He needs to be held accountable for every bullet,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan Williams told the jury Thursday, emphasizing what he said was the depth of Roof’s hatred. Now, after watching an on-camera confession by Roof, jurors could decide not just whether he’s legally guilty, but also whether he should get the death penalty. Closing arguments began Thursday morning in the Dylann Roof murder trial. And Roof has said he wants to represent himself in that part of the case. Jurors saw a witness whose son was killed sobbing on the stand. His trial in that case is scheduled to start in January. The defense did not call any witnesses, and Roof did not testify. The closing arguments come after a week of dramatic arguments and chilling testimony about the June 2015 massacre. “He sat and waited until they were at their most vulnerable.”
Family members of the victims sobbed as Williams spoke. What’s next
But jurors may hear directly from Roof later. If he’s convicted, the sentencing phase of his trial would start in early January. Roof has pleaded not guilty to 33 federal charges, including:
• Nine counts of violating the Hate Crime Act resulting in death
• Nine counts of use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence
• Nine counts of obstruction of exercise of religion resulting in death
• Three counts of violating the Hate Crime Act involving an attempt to kill
• Three counts of obstruction of exercise of religion involving an attempt to kill and use of a dangerous weapon
Roof also faces nine counts of murder and other charges in the state court system. The fate of the man who confessed to gunning down nine people in a Charleston church soon will be in a jury’s hands. Dylann Roof, 21, listens to proceeding with assistant defense attorney William Maguire during a hearing at the Judicial Center July 16, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. They heard an FBI agent read a series of Roof’s racist writings.

Thursday Tee Time- Monarch Beach Golf Links

 
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Man Fatally Shot While Standing in Front Yard of Citrus Area Home Near Azusa

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Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man who was fatally shot while standing outside his home in the unincorporated Citrus area near Azusa Wednesday night. Authorities investigate a fatal shooting in the Citrus area near Azusa on Dec. 15, 2016. After the shooting, Espinosa managed to get back inside his home, where he collapsed and died, Quintero said. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477),

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The victim, identified as 30-year-old Paul Espinosa, was standing in the front yard of his home in the 178000 block of East Newburgh Street when someone opened fire about 10:58 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Investigators were searching the neighborhood for anyone who may have witnessed the shooting. Marcelo Quintero confirmed. Espinosa, whose mother was home at the time of the shooting, was described as a longtime resident of the area by Quintero. Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500. No gunman or vehicle descriptions were immediately available.

2 Firefighters Injured Battling Blaze at Strip Mall in Monterey Park

15, 2016. No other injuries were reported. The fire was eventually knocked down just before 4:30 a.m., Hallock said. Capt. (Credit: OnScene.TV)
Emergency crews responded to a smoke alarm at the northeast end of the mall in the 300 block of East Garvey Avenue about 1:33 a.m., Monterey Park Fire Department Sgt. 34.062511
-118.122848 Residents at a nearby apartment complex in the 100 block of North Nicholson Avenue were forced to evacuate the building during the firefight. Two firefighters were injured while battling the fire and were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, Fire Dept. Duke said. Matt Hallock said. Firefighters battle a blaze at a strip mall in Monterey Park on Dec. Two firefighters were injured battling a blaze at a strip mall in Monterey Park Thursday morning.

What to Do If You Have 1 of the 1 Billion Hacked Yahoo Accounts

“But I think this is a severe setback for them and the entire company,” he added. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The latest data theft affected more than one billion accounts, Yahoo says. Having your credentials stolen “is a matter of the lowest common denominator, the site with the least security,” he said. Never share any account information or passwords over email. If you’ve put a freeze on your credit report, you will be alerted that an institution is trying to run a check and can flag that you didn’t request it. Use different passwords for all online accounts
People who create a really strong password for one site but then use it across others are vulnerable to attacks, said Shuman Ghosemajumder, chief technology officer of Shape Security. “The trust that your users have in you is directly tied to the level of security they expect,” he said. corporate headquarters is seen May 16, 2006 in Santa Clara, California. The problem is it happened all the way back in August 2013. Yahoo has announced another huge security breach, leaving its users fretting once again about their personal information. “If you don’t have confidence [in Yahoo] in the future, that’s a personal decision people need to make,” Ghosemajumder said, noting that Yahoo has a large security team and has invested heavily in security. It’s not all on you
Companies need to step up security measures to protect themselves not only against hacking, but also against the aftereffects of hacking like credential stuffing attacks, according to Ghosemajumder. When that happens, the first thing a bank will do is run a credit check. “I would strongly recommend it, even if you don’t have a Yahoo account,” Nigam said. The embattled tech company said it’s notifying users who may have been affected by the breach and making them change their passwords. The exterior of Yahoo! 37.368830
-122.036350 After two major breaches, is it time to say goodbye to Yahoo? But there are still several ways to make your information more secure. “Yahoo has now won the gold medal and the silver medal for the worst hacks in history,” said Hemu Nigam, CEO of online security consultancy SSP Blue. “Criminals will give you information to gain your trust, and victimize you further,” he said. Yahoo is advising people to change the passwords and security answers on any other accounts for which they used the same or similar information as their Yahoo account. Hackers obtained more than just names and passwords in the Yahoo breach — they also nabbed answers to security questions. Platforms like 1Password or LastPass generate and store passwords and security answers for every account you have, so you only have to remember a single master password. But what about closing accounts? That means whoever plundered the information has had more than three years to exploit it, security experts say. Block access to your credit report
Nigam recommends that you put “a freeze on your credit report and use a company that monitors your credit for you.”
Hackers who have valuable credentials will often try to open a credit card in your name. That’s roughly double the number involved in the cybersecurity incident it announced in September, which is believed to be separate. Beware of emails asking for more information
Hackers can use stolen credentials to craft emails that have the veneer of legitimacy, according to Nigam. Be extra cautious about clicking on links or opening downloads from unknown email addresses. Since strong, unique passwords are a huge pain to memorize, Ghosemajumder recommends using a password manager. Such emails might disclose the answer you gave to a security question, for example, and then ask if it’s still up to date and request more information. Cybercriminals can use that info to conduct automated attacks called “credential stuffing.”
That’s when hackers take the stolen information of millions of users and build a program that tries to log in to other online accounts like banking, retail and airline rewards.

Super Mario Run Debuts on Apple Devices Thursday

However, Pokemon Go also led to a spike in sales for Nintendo’s 3DS handheld system and other Pokemon-related software titles, reassuring the company that “investment into the mobile space could deliver them extra revenue instead of cannibalizing it,” said Peter Warman, CEO of Newzoo. Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto said mobile games in general didn’t meet the company’s standards, but he recently had a change of heart. Meanwhile, Nintendo is benefiting from another burst of nostalgia. Nintendo is sprinting into a new era with the launch of Super Mario Run. Mario’s mission is to rescue a kidnapped Princess Peach from bad guy Bowser. It’s currently unclear when it might come to Android. One big question over Super Mario Run is how much money it will bring in. 35.011636
135.768029 About 500 million people are expected to download it in the first month, according to Newzoo. And the company only got a modest profit boost in the latest quarter from Pokemon Go because of its relatively small stake in the game’s developer, Niantic. holiday shopping season. By keeping a finger to the screen for a longer period of time, Mario jumps higher. A fraction of that group — 10 million people — are likely to pay to fully unlock the game, it estimates. Super Mario Run is launching exclusively on iOS devices. But the Japanese firm has raised eyebrows in the mobile industry with its decision to charge a one-off fee rather than adopt the popular “freemium” model, where users don’t pay for the game but have to make repeated in-app purchases to access more features. The app comes with premium price: $9.99. “When you put out a paid game like this you cap your earnings at $10 a consumer.”
Fiercely protective of its mustachioed plumber, Nintendo had previously been reluctant to put him in a mobile game at all. Users can play parts of the game for free, but the one-time payment will grant them unlimited access. Along the way, users run into familiar challenges, like piranha plants peeking out of green tubes and coins in treacherous spots. “They’re leaving a lot of money on the table by not picking the freemium option,” said Tero Kuittinen, a gaming expert and chief strategist with investment firm Kuuhubb. But rather than using a controller, users tap the screen to jump over enemies. “We felt that now is the right time to bring Mario to iPhone, to introduce a new generation of players to Mario,” he said. “The power and performance that we’re able to get out of an iPhone, specifically for gaming, has gotten to the level where it matches our expectations of the performance that we want for our games,” Miyamoto told CNN. And the wild popularity this year of augmented reality smartphone game Pokemon Go, in which Nintendo has a stake, highlighted the scale of the potential audience. Consumers are expected to spend at least $85 billion on video games this year, according to reports from Deloitte and market research firm Newzoo. (Credit: From Nintendo)
The beloved ’80s character debuts on Apple devices for the first time Thursday with the launch of Nintendo’s much-anticipated mobile game. It will be the first time mobile will take a larger share of the gaming pie than computers or consoles. Nintendo is sprinting into a new era with the launch of Super Mario Run. The game is also likely to drum up excitement for the company’s new handheld device, Nintendo Switch, due in March 2017. “There are more people with smartphones than game consoles,” said tech consultant Shelly Palmer. The launch of Super Mario Run signals a major shift in Nintendo’s approach as the video game business moves beyond consoles and computers. “The vast majority of people interested in gaming will be able to take advantage of it on anything distributed via mobile.”
Nintendo’s software game revenue dropped to $1.95 billion in the financial year ended in March, down from $2.17 billion a year earlier. Its NES Classic Edition — a smaller version of the original Nintendo console with 40 built-in games — is one of the most sought-after gifts of the U.S.

Fear of Flying? This Study on Pilots and Suicidal Thoughts Won’t Help

“The advantages of having an anonymous survey would be more important for us because we wanted obviously participation but we wanted the pilots to absolutely feel like their answers were confidential and it wouldn’t be able to be traced back to them in any way so that they could honestly report,” said Alexander Wu, first author and a doctoral student at Harvard Chan School. 42.360082
-71.058880 The Federal Aviation Administration requires aeromedical examiners to evaluate the fitness of pilots, explained Allen and his co-authors. An airplane takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, August 15, 2016 (Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Hundreds of pilots who are currently flying commercial planes may be clinically depressed, according to research published in the journal Environmental Health on Wednesday. Within this group, 233 pilots — or 12.6% — met the criteria for likely depression. Similarly, an incident report from Silk Air Flight 185, which crashed en route to Singapore in 1997, killing 104, indicated that the captain was suffering from “multi-work related difficulties.”
Despite effective treatments, fewer than half of people with depression receive treatment, says the World Health Organization. “We suspect that disrupted circadian rhythm and/or sleep disturbances may be associated with having a higher depressive score,” said Wu. Examiners, though, do not diagnose mental health conditions, and the only way a mental disorder is even noted in a pilot’s health records is if he or she mentions it. High prevalence
Allen and his colleagues designed the survey with a mix of topics so as not to “tip their hand” and reveal the study’s focus on mental health. In June, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it will require medical examiners who screen commercial pilots to undergo more training to help them better identify warning signs of mental illnesses. Chan School of Public Health. Until now, most information about mental health and pilots has been based on incident investigations and reports and health assessments that are protected by airlines and aviation authorities. The profession is among the “most highly vetted careers today” in North America, the Air Line Pilots Association responded. Still, though, commercial pilots will not need to undergo psychological testing. Pilots who used higher levels of sleep aid medication also were more likely to be depressed. Out of nearly 3,500 participants, 1,848 completed the questions about mental health. Spoiler alert: Your fear of flying is likely to increase after reading this. Pilot evaluation
“It is important to remember that airline travel is the safest mode of transportation in the world,” the Air Line Pilots Association wrote in an email. This was done to avoid participants’ preconceptions as much as possible. The survey was intended to provide a “more accurate description of mental health” among pilots, yet Allen noted that he and his colleagues did not have access to medical records and did not conduct interviews to confirm diagnosis of depression. The new study comes just a year and a half after a depressed Germanwings co-pilot killed 150 people when he deliberately crashed a plane into the French Alps. Nearly 1,850 pilots participated in the anonymous, web-based survey conducted between April and December 2015 and led by Joseph Allen, senior author and an assistant professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard Chan School. Yet the authors of the study believe that “underreporting of mental health symptoms and diagnoses is probable among airline pilots due to the public stigma of mental illness and fear among pilots of being “grounded” or not fit for duty.”
Prevalence of depressive symptoms among high-stress occupations include 7% among emergency medical technicians, 10 to 17% among police officers, and 12% among deployed and 13% among previously deployed military personnel, the researchers estimate. The fatal Germanwings incident was not an isolated event, suggested a team of Irish researchers in a study published this year. Of 1,430 pilots who said they’d worked within the past seven days, 193 — or 13.5% — met the criteria for depression. The association noted that pilots for US carriers safely accomplish 27,000 takeoffs and landings each day and in all kinds of conditions. In future studies, the researchers hope to examine the risk factors for depression among pilots. Worse still, many pilots with symptoms of depression may not seek treatment due to fears of negative career consequences, such as being grounded, said researchers at Harvard T.H. Depression was more likely among pilots who were victims of sexual harassment (36.4% among those experiencing harassment four or more times in the past week) or verbal harassment (42.9% among those experiencing harassment four or more times in the past week), the researchers learned. Overall, 75 pilots (4.1%) reported having suicidal thoughts within the previous two weeks. After weighing the pros and cons, the team chose to conduct their survey anonymously. The association noted that pilots “are continuously evaluated throughout their careers” through medical exams, training and other programs as well as “during random flight checks by the Federal Aviation Administration.”
“Flight and cabin crewmembers also monitor and evaluate each other while on duty, and procedures, processes, and programs exist to respond should a concern arise,” added the association. By comparison, 7% of people in the United States experienced depression in the past year, noted the authors. They report “inconclusive evidence” to suggest the 1999 crash of an EgyptAir Boeing 767 that killed 217 individuals after taking off from New York might have been deliberately caused by the relief first officer. Analyzing the data, Allen, Wu and their colleagues discovered a considerable number of pilots suffering symptoms of depression. One of the major barriers for seeking care is social stigma, yet pilots have the added burden of long and continuous work hours, which make scheduling treatment difficult, noted the authors. Pulling standardized questions from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the research team also included queries typically used by doctors to diagnose depression.

NorCal Drought Conditions Have Dramatically Improved While SoCal Remains Bone Dry

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-119.417932 So far this season, rain levels in the northern Sierra are 180% of average, with 23.5 inches of rain falling — and more on the way this week. “California is a big place. And by almost all measures, the drought picture in Northern California has dramatically improved over the last two months, as a series of storms have helped replenish the state’s two major water projects. “We certainly saw that last year … and we’re likely to see that again.”
Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. Rain and snowmelt from the area feed into a complex system of rivers, canals and reservoirs that send water across the state. While Southern California still gets some water from the Sierra, about 50% of its supply comes from local sources such as groundwater and reservoirs. When California water officials assess the drought, the first place they look is the northern Sierra Nevada mountains. Now water officials must figure out how to deal with the disparity and its implications for managing the drought. It has different droughts in different parts,” said Jay Lund, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis who studies water in California. Snow on SR203 near Mammoth Mountain is seen in an image posted to Facebook by Caltrans District 9 on Oct.