An estimated 63 trillion gallons of groundwater have been lost in the ongoing drought in the western United States, a study finds. The loss has caused the Earth to lift up, on average, about 0.16 inches over the last 18 months.
Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

An estimated 63 trillion gallons of groundwater have been lost in the ongoing drought in the western United States, a study finds. The loss has caused the Earth to lift up, on average, about 0.16 inches over the last 18 months.

Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

This gif shows the progression of California’s drought since 2011. See it unfold more slowly with these 188 maps.

This gif shows the progression of California’s drought since 2011. See it unfold more slowly with these 188 maps.

California has broken a drought record this year, but it’s not the first time the state has been parched. Here’s a look at some drought photos from years past.

Top photo: An Edison worker surveys Catalina Island’s Thompson Reservoir on May 26, 177. Credit: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times. Bottom photo: A Hereford gazes over a hill toward the bleached bones of a steer on grazing land near Cima, Calif., on April 18, 1963. Credit: Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times

UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion is mostly dry today after being flooded with water as deep as 8 inches yesterday because of a water main break on Sunset Boulevard. The break sent a geyser shooting 30 feet in the air and deluged Sunset and the campus with 8 million to 10 million gallons of water. Workers used brooms, squeegees, vacuums and floor cleaners to remove the water from the Pavilion, which underwent a $136-million renovation that was completed in 2012.

Photos: Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times

Summer in San Diego can’t really start without the Del Mar opener, which took place this week.

Photos: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times 

And I would suggest that when a person has a thought of doing anything serious against the law, that before they did, that they should go to a quiet place and think about it seriously.
Our editorial cartoonist and columnist David Horsey has some ideas about what to name the proposed states that are part of Silicon Valley multimillionaire Timothy Draper’s "Six Californias" plan.  

Our editorial cartoonist and columnist David Horsey has some ideas about what to name the proposed states that are part of Silicon Valley multimillionaire Timothy Draper’s "Six Californias" plan.  

Federal judge rules California death penalty is unconstitutional
People getting gas in Berkeley might soon be seeing these warning labels as they fill up at the pump, informing them that California has concluded that CO2 emissions contribute to global warming. The idea was modeled on warnings on cigarette packaging.
Photo courtesy of 350 Bay Area. 

People getting gas in Berkeley might soon be seeing these warning labels as they fill up at the pump, informing them that California has concluded that CO2 emissions contribute to global warming. The idea was modeled on warnings on cigarette packaging.

Photo courtesy of 350 Bay Area. 

The California Fish and Game Commission has voted to extend endangered species protections in the state to gray wolves. 
No wolves are currently known to be in the state — the wolf in the photo above, called OR7, was the most recent wolf documented here, and he was the first one since the 1920s — but biologists say their return is inevitable.
Speaking of OR7, who has returned to his home state of Oregon: Wildlife officials there have spotted two pups they believe to be his offspring.
Photo: OR7 in Oregon. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The California Fish and Game Commission has voted to extend endangered species protections in the state to gray wolves. 

No wolves are currently known to be in the state — the wolf in the photo above, called OR7, was the most recent wolf documented here, and he was the first one since the 1920s — but biologists say their return is inevitable.

Speaking of OR7, who has returned to his home state of Oregon: Wildlife officials there have spotted two pups they believe to be his offspring.

Photo: OR7 in Oregon. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Fueled by unusually hot May weather and strong winds, wildfires have broken out in more than half a dozen spots in northern San Diego County and spread at a dangerous pace. As of Wednesday night, the fires had burned about 10,000 acres in San Diego County.

Our Metro staff is posting regular updates on the fires, and our photographers continue to add to a photo gallery of the efforts to fight them.

Photos, from top: The moon rises in a smoky sky as seen from Carlsbad (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times); the fire in San Marcos (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times); an airplane drops fire retardant on a hilltop home that had caught fire near Cal State San Marcos (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times); people stranded by the Fallbrook fire wait outside their cars on the closed southbound I-15 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times); Robert Payne hugs his dog Rocky after he was found hiding in the back of his burned home after it was destroyed in the Pointsettia wildfire (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times).

A preliminary map released by the California Geological Survey shows the Hollywood fault running under hundreds of buildings, including the Capitol Records building and luxury hotels on the Sunset Strip. Take a tour of the fault line here.

A preliminary map released by the California Geological Survey shows the Hollywood fault running under hundreds of buildings, including the Capitol Records building and luxury hotels on the Sunset Strip. Take a tour of the fault line here.