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Why it's raining so much in California

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Why is it raining so much this year in California?

Two words: Pineapple Express.

In a typical year, California has between 10 to 15 "atmospheric river" storms -- the fire hoses that rampage in from Hawaii and account for up to 50 percent of the state's annual rainfall -- and nearly all of its floods. But since the rainy ...Read more

Storm brings record rainfall, gusts up to 199 mph and flooding to Northern California

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MODESTO, Calif. -- Northern California was battered by another atmospheric river that produced record rainfall and wind gusts that reached 199 mph.

The dramatic gusts were recorded high in the Sierra Nevada, where Alpine Meadows had the 199-mph gust, according to the National Weather Service. Biggs recorded 184 mph.

Several areas set new ...Read more

Cleanup begins after powerful storm slams Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- Cleanup was beginning across Southern California on Saturday after a storm that forecasters billed as the most powerful in years caused flooding on multiple freeways, triggered dramatic mudslides and downed hundreds of trees and power lines. The storm was moving out Saturday morning after dumping record rain in some areas and ...Read more

Strongest storm in years taking aim at Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- The storm is expected to dump up to 6 inches of rain on Los Angeles County beaches and valleys and 5 to 10 inches on south-facing foothills and coastal mountain slopes, according to the National Weather Service. A flash flood watch has been issued for Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties from Friday morning through ...Read more

UW-Madison team key in developing weather satellite

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MILWAUKEE -- The first images were stunning, like switching from black-and-white to a color high-definition television.

When a weather satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral in November, scientists working at the University of Wisconsin, Madison anxiously watched the rocket blast into the sky, knowing decades of work was heading skyward. On...Read more

Calif. Gov. Brown declares state of emergency after latest storms

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After another round of heavy rains soaked parts of California, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency late Monday for several counties dealing with an estimated tens of million dollars in damage from flooding, erosion and mud flows.

The governor's order cited the destruction to roads and highways from the so-called atmospheric river ...Read more

How LA went from bone-dry to 216 percent above average rainfall in four months

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LOS ANGELES -- According to the latest federal maps, Southern California is still in a drought.

But the dry conditions that have mired the region for more than five years have definitely shifted -- at least for now.

Sunday's huge storm -- which dumped nearly 4 inches of rain in some areas -- is part of a wetter trend that began in the fall. ...Read more

15 killed in South Georgia storms

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ATLANTA -- Power was out, schools were closed and cleanup was underway Monday after deadly storms and possible tornadoes ripped through South Georgia over the weekend.

The storms killed at least 19 people in the Deep South, according to the Associated Press. Fifteen of those deaths were in Georgia.

Seven people died at a mobile home park in ...Read more

Widespread flooding, mudslides, evacuations as biggest storm in years batters California

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LOS ANGELES -- The latest and most powerful in a series of three winter storms slammed into California on Sunday, flooding roads, forcing evacuations in communities near burn areas and adding more snow in mountains from the Sierra Nevada to the San Bernardino Mountains.

Numerous roads around Southern California were flooded by sustained bursts ...Read more

Storms make significant dent in California drought, new federal records show

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LOS ANGELES -- A week of powerful storms in Northern California has significantly eased the state's water shortage, with a large swath of the state emerging from drought conditions, officials said Thursday.

The numbers underscore what officials have been saying for several months about the drought. As a series of storms have hit Northern ...Read more

Is the great California drought finally ending?

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LOS ANGELES -- California's biggest reservoirs are swelling. As of this date, the area surrounding the Sierra Nevada has seen as much snow, sleet, hail and rain as during the wettest years on record. Rainy Los Angeles feels more like London than Southern California.

So is the great California drought finally calling it quits?

Yes. Or at least ...Read more

Tornado, flooding, fatalities and piles of snow besiege California as deluge continues

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Weeks of pounding rain and snow have increased the Sierra Nevada snowpack -- a key source of water for California -- to 158 percent of normal, officials said Wednesday.

The weather situation was more dire to the north, however, as heavy rain and snow in the Sierra Nevada and rain in the San Francisco Bay Area continued to raise river levels and...Read more

Weeks of rain are rapidly reviving California's drought-ravaged lakes

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MONO LAKE, Calif. -- Leaning against a wooden rail, environmental activist Geoffrey McQuilkin took stock of a parched geological wonderland that had been altered by a weekend deluge.

The air was still thick with moisture, and this lake's tributaries were cascading down from surrounding mountains, swollen by cargoes of fresh snowmelt and rain. ...Read more

Remembering California's storm-toppled historic Pioneer Cabin Tree

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- For 2,000 years, the "Pioneer Cabin Tree" grew in peaceful grandeur in a land not yet California -- reaching ever taller as the Miwoks hunted, the Aztecs mined gold, Chinese perfected silk, Romans expanded their empire and waves of new immigrants arrived in America.

Sunday, with the stunning finality of a beheading, it fell....Read more

Storm brings widespread flooding across Northern California; more rain on the way

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TRUCKEE, Calif. -- A roaring "Pineapple Express" weather system that drenched the northern Sierra Nevada over the weekend has begun to ease, but forecasters warned Monday that it would soon be replaced by yet another storm and plummeting temperatures.

The latest storm, the third in a series of weather events that have pounded the Sierra Nevada ...Read more

Fierce storm lashes Northern California and Nevada, unleashing floods, slides

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TRUCKEE, Calif. -- The most powerful in a series of winter storms lashed Northern California and Nevada on Sunday with heavy rains and strong winds, causing widespread flooding, downing trees and unleashing mudslides.

Tens of thousands of households lost power. Stranded motorists were rescued from rising floodwaters. And near Lake Tahoe and ...Read more

On Mammoth Mountain, avalanche control requires bringing out a big gun … the 105-mm howitzer

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MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. -- Rescuing skiers and backcountry trekkers is a life's work for men such as ski patrolman Cliff Klock and U.S. Forest Service emergency response expert Jeffrey Karl.

On Mammoth Mountain, a Sierra peak synonymous with snow, they also have a time-tested approach for dealing with avalanche hazards: They shoot at them with...Read more

Massive storm system moves into Northern California; flooding, heavy snow forecast

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MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. -- The first band of what forecasters predict will be the region's most powerful storm in a decade moved into Northern California on Saturday, prompting official warnings of widespread flooding and epic snowfall.

"People are definitely in a state of panic right now," said El Dorado County Sheriff's Sgt. Todd Hammitt. "We'...Read more

Sierra on storm watch

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MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. -- It was a postcard-perfect kind of day in Mammoth Lakes on Friday: The sky was clear. The sun shone brightly. And the snow-covered mountains beckoned to the skiers who have flocked here in recent days.

"It's a bluebird pow day, people!" the Mammoth Mountain resort tweeted, saying in gleeful skier lingo that it was ...Read more

California braces for 'once-in-10-year' storm amid fears of flooding, avalanches, blizzards

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COLFAX, Calif. -- Sierra travelers trapped by back-to-back storms that dropped more than 2 feet of snow have a brief window to pass, before the arrival of a weather system Saturday so wet forecasters are calling it an "atmospheric river."

Up to 12 inches of rain below 8,500 feet are expected, and massive amounts of snow -- up to 6 feet -- above...Read more