Cars drive on Woodman Avenue in Panorama City, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

As rain pummels California, some see a way to fight drought

The State Water Resources Control Board approved a broad plan Wednesday for capturing more rain. The regulator is launching a road show this month to explain how it will dole out $200 million for projects to collect rain.

A woman walks along a path as clouds hang over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in Emeryville, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Drought stricken California welcomes El Nino’s storms

El Ninos usually bring heavy rains to California, although it remains to be seen whether people should expect anything like a repeat of 1997 and 1998, when storms killed 17 people, wiped out crops, washed out highways and pushed houses down hillsides.

Glendora resident Frank Salazar stockpiles sandbags to protect his home from flooding in Glendora, Calif., Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.  (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

El Nino storms slam drought-parched California

El Nino storms lined up over the Pacific started soaking California with light rain Monday but a series of stronger systems are expected to arrive starting Tuesday, forecasters said.

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Video Year in Review: Weather

Relentless snowstorms, deadly floods and a powerful hurricane all made weather headlines in 2015.

Dylan O' Toole, left, and Locals Surf Shop owner Michael Reinhardt take a break back on shore after surfing in the Atlantic Ocean off Rockaway Beach on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, in New York. Warmer than usual temperatures and high surf drew several dozen surfers to the beach early on Christmas to take advantage of the unique situation.  O' Toole said he felt "overheated" in his heavy wetsuit with temperatures in the 60's Friday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Merry Christmas, bro! Warm weather means surf’s up in NYC

The combination of record-setting temperatures and gnarly waves had New York City surfers absolutely stoked on Friday, drawing more than two dozen to the popular summertime surf spot Rockaway Beach on Christmas morning.

A streak of light is seen over an apartment complex in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. U.S. Military officials say the streak of light seen burning across the sky by people in three Western states was debris from a Russian rocket re-entering the atmosphere. (Gunnar Lindstrom via AP)

Experts: Fireball in sky was part of Russian space rocket

The body of a Russian rocket that burned up Tuesday night as it entered the earth’s atmosphere set off a wave of excitement on social media and fueled speculation over what caused the flash of light to shoot across western skies.