But by 2100, the southern part of the state will get more severe storms, hiking the risk of flooding.
On Wednesday, a vicious winter storm hit the U.S. West Coast. By Friday, flooding, high winds and fallen trees caused huge travel disruptions and property damage.
There is a better than 99 percent chance that 2014 will be the warmest year on record in California.
El Nino probably won't bring California drought-busting winter rains, but the news may not be all bad.
The 1934 drought is the worst on record for North America in the past 1,000 years, and had similar conditions to the current California drought.
Wildfires raging over northern California have created huge pyrocumulus clouds.
If California's drought continues beyond year three, experts say that the thirsty state could be in danger of a slow-motion water apocalypse.
Here are some recent striking images of our planet from the Web.
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