Yosemite National Park is seeing summer-sized numbers of visitors, even on winter occasions like this past week-end's Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. The lack of snowfall has opened up much of the park to activities usually available only other seasons.
Yosemite Park Ranger Kari Cobb says visitors can explore more of the park than what would usually be open at this time of year.
But there are downsides. Mild temperatures and lack of snow mean many bears have skipped hibernation and are foraging for food and that can bring them into contact with people.
Cobb says Yosemite Falls, one of the park's favorite attractions, could go dry by June if there is no more rain or snow.
A movement around the U.S. encourages people to skip the shopping malls Friday and spend time in nature. Some national parks and state parks in California are waiving entry fees.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor showed no change to drought conditions in California over the past week. But, the report does not include the storm that brought rain to valleys and snow to the Sierra Nevada this week.
Two million Sacramento-area water users conserved 27 percent in October, the same rate as September.
A California law, which was passed to respond to the drought- allows artificial turf on all residential property. But a Sacramento city councilman says the law should allow cities to restrict its use.
There is no change this week to the drought in California, despite the recent storms that have brought snow to the Sierra. Reservoir storage in California remains the second lowest on record.