Bo Sailor watches Thursday as high surf crashes into the seawall before spilling onto Channel Drive in Montecito, Calif. An ocean-water-quality advisory was issued for the area after a number of December and early-January storms pummeled Southern California with heavy rainfall. Mike Eliason/AP hide caption

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U.S. Weather Wet And Wild In 2015, Though No Big Hurricanes
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A farmer in Ethiopia, in the grips of its worst drought in decades. Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images hide caption

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What Happens When A Disaster Unfolds In Slow Motion
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Francisco Carlos Fonseca is the manager of Marina Confiança, a resort located on the banks of the Cantareira reservoir system. Behind him is a boat ramp that once led to a lake that he says used to be more than 100 feet deep. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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As Brazil's Largest City Struggles With Drought, Residents Are Leaving
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UC Berkeley tree biologist Wendy Baxter is about to begin her ascent of a giant sequoia. Ezra David Romero/Valley Public Radio hide caption

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To Measure Drought's Reach, Researchers Scale The Mighty Sequoia
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A town in California's Central Valley plans to transform farmland into an eco-friendly residential community. An artist's rendering shows plans for Kings River Village in Reedley, Calif. Courtesy of the City of Reedley hide caption

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California's Drought Spurs Unexpected Effect: Eco-Friendly Development
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Five 2,500-gallon water tanks wait to be unloaded at the nonprofit Self-Help Enterprises near Visalia, Calif. So far about 140 tanks have been distributed to homes, but at least 1,000 more are needed in Tulare County alone. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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California's Driest Region Finds Short-Term Drought Aid
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A bathtub ring marks the high-water line on Nevada's Lake Mead, which is on the Colorado River, in 2013. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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How A Historical Blunder Helped Create The Water Crisis In The West
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Farmer Efi Cohen inspects almond trees on a kibbutz south of Jerusalem. The Israeli government says it's safe to use treated sewage water to irrigate tree fruit, but not all crops. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Israel Bets On Recycled Water To Meet Its Growing Thirst
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The sun sets over the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta near Rio Vista, Calif., in 2013. The delta is the largest West Coast estuary and a source of conflict over the state's water. Robert Galbraith /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Endangered Species Protections At Center Of Drought Debate
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Salt appears in white clumps in a newly sprouted chile field in Garfield, N.M. Mónica Ortiz Uribe/KJZZ hide caption

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For New Mexico's Chiles, The Enemy Isn't Just Drought But Salt, Too
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An Indian farmer sits Tuesday in his dried-up land in Gauribidanur village, in southern India's Karnataka state. More than 750 people have died in a heat wave that has swept across the country. Jagadeesh NV/EPA/Landov hide caption

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A sign encouraging people to save water is displayed at a news conference in Los Angeles. Water use restrictions in California amidst the state's ongoing drought have led to the phenomenon of "droughtshaming," or publicly calling out water wasters. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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In California, Technology Makes Droughtshaming Easier Than Ever
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What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility
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Tanimura & Antle workers use tractors to install drip tape into fields that will be used to grow lettuce and other crops in California's Salinas Valley. Aarti Shahani/NPR hide caption

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Why California Farmers Are Conflicted About Using Less Water
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Mountain tops in Sierra Nevada, normally covered in snow this time of year, are seen nearly barren, near the Sequoia National Park during an aerial survey of the snowpack done by the California Department of Water Resources. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory statewide water restrictions at the site of a manual snow survey on April 1, in Phillips, Calif. The recorded level was zero, the lowest in recorded history for California. Max Whittaker/Getty Images hide caption

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Santa Barbara Leads California In Cutting Water Use
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Lake Mead is at its lowest levels since it was built in the late 1930s. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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As Lake Mead Levels Drop, The West Braces For Bigger Drought Impact
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Beyond Almonds: A Rogue's Gallery of Guzzlers In California's Drought
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Joshua Haggmark, Santa Barbara's water resources manager, is in charge of getting the city's desalination plant back online. Becky Sullivan hide caption

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Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?
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Morning traffic makes its way toward downtown Los Angeles along the Hollywood Freeway, past an electronic sign warning of severe drought. California Gov. Jerry Brown introduced the state's first mandatory water reduction measure this week. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

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