Science Friday Published by Science Friday As California Dries Up, Locals Hope for El Niño 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.