Frank Maurer operates a flower farm in Yolo County between Davis and Woodland. He sells daffodils and other flowers at the Farmer's Market in Downtown Sacramento on Sundays.
"In one to two, three weeks I'm getting what I would've had in two to three months because they're all coming on all together," he says. "So I'm getting now daffodils coming early when they would just be starting. I've got daffodils all over the place mixed with narcissus which should be finished. So as a business it's a killer."
Meanwhile, many nursery owners who were hit hard in previous droughts now worry they'll suffer a similar fate as water districts limit or ban outdoor watering.
A new study says California's four-year drought has reduced hydroelectricity generation, resulting in higher electricity costs to ratepayers and increased greenhouse gas pollution.
Legislation introduced in the California state Assembly would create the Lower American River Conservancy to improve, protect, preserve and possibly expand the 5,000-acre American River Parkway.
January brought above-average rainfall and snow to much of California, partly due to El Niño. But forecasters say the ocean warming condition is "taking a break" for the next week or longer.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says, other than a slight reduction in exceptional drought in the northern Sierra, it needs more time to assess impacts of the recent moisture on California's long-term drought.
California regulators have made modest adjustments to water conservation requirements for cities.