Science Friday Published by Science Friday As California Dries Up, Locals Hope for El Niño Listen 22 min Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/389074/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend A third of California is now clenched by exceptional drought, and this week the state announced $500 fines for water-wasters. But many residents continue to hope for rain.