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New York's snow-less streak ties major record, nears another

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NEW YORK — New York City records are falling — because snow isn’t.

The city is poised to break a 50-year-old record Monday for the latest day of winter without the first measurable snowfall — a mark previously set Jan. 29, 1973, according to AccuWeather.

New York is also closing in on its longest stretch of consecutive days without ...Read more

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California makes big increase to 2023 state water allocations after soaking storms

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California’s torrential storms from late December through early January will allow the State Water Project to deliver nearly 1.3 million acre-feet of water throughout the state this year – six times as much as projected before the storms, state water officials said.

Entrenched in a third consecutive year of severe drought conditions, the ...Read more

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Storms ravaged this California town. Here's what happened to those who refused to evacuate

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PLANADA, Calif. — When Rudy Moreno first saw the texts from his relatives two weeks ago asking about the mandatory evacuation order in Planada, he didn’t even know that one had been issued. Much of the small town, made up of about 4,000 people east of Merced, had been flooded due to a breached levee during the storms that deluged the state ...Read more

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After January storms, California raises new State Water Project allocation of 30%

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LOS ANGELES — California water agencies that serve 27 million people will see an increased allocation of supplies from the state after a series of winter storms boosted reservoirs and snowpack, officials announced Thursday.

Less than two months after the Department of Water Resources said it could only give 5% of requested supplies to the 29 ...Read more

January storms leave LA County flood-control dams at risk of overflowing

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LOS ANGELES — Now that the shock of a series of January storms has worn off, Los Angeles County officials face a herculean chore: Five reservoirs along south-facing San Gabriel Mountain slopes are filled with so much debris and soupy mud that they pose a flood risk to the communities below.

Another intense storm, they say, could unleash new ...Read more

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'Dry' California got big rains. Was it really an epic weather forecasting fail?

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For decades, two climate patterns in the Pacific Ocean have loomed large in predicting weather in California and other parts of the globe. El Niño — a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific — seemed synonymous with wet winters for Southern California, while La Niña was a heralder of drought.

But the would-be model ...Read more

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California oysters are in short supply. Here's why the rain is to blame

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"You can say that we're the only farmers who don't like rain," said Neal Maloney, owner of Morro Bay Oyster Co., a Central California harvester that produces around 1 million Pacific Gold oysters per year.

Since the tail end of last year, when the first in a parade of storms slammed into California, Maloney and many of the state's other oyster ...Read more

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After pummeling, scientists say California storms were more hype than climate change

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LOS ANGELES — As California emerges from a two-week bout of deadly atmospheric rivers, a number of climate researchers say the recent storms appear to be typical of the intense, periodic rains the state has experienced throughout its history and not the result of global warming.

Although scientists are still studying the size and severity of ...Read more

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Parts of California in for a 'quick shot of rain' before drier weather arrives

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LOS ANGELES — A series of atmospheric river storms that dropped record-breaking rain and unleashed chaos across California will end with a whimper this week, as a weak storm will give way to what's expected to be a prolonged drier period.

The latest system, a drizzler compared with the powerful deluges that have hammered the state for the ...Read more

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All the rain and snow in California may result in a big year for hydro -- and that's good news for the grid

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Torrential rain across California in recent weeks has caused plenty of misery, but it could also generate some good news on the energy front: If rain and snow totals hold up, all the precipitation will boost hydroelectric production — and that would help the Golden State's electric grid, especially in the summertime when the system comes ...Read more

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California's record rainstorms are a blessing, a hardship and a spiritual experience

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LOS ANGELES -- In a state crippled by drought, how are we to make sense of the destructive storms that have led our governor to proclaim a state of emergency, even as they fill our reservoirs and replenish our fields?

Here at last is the life-giving water we’ve yearned for: nourishing, regenerative, cleansing and essential, especially in the ...Read more

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The past 3 weeks were the wettest in 161 years in the Bay Area

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — How wet has it been recently in Northern California?

New rainfall totals show that no person alive has ever experienced a three-week period in the Bay Area as wet as these past 21 days. The last time it happened, Abraham Lincoln was president.

From Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, a total of 17 inches of rain fell in downtown San ...Read more

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California endures a pox of potholes as storms pummel roads and freeways

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LOS ANGELES — California drivers may not face rain this week, but potholes caused by recent storms pose new dangers.

In Los Angeles, requests for pothole repairs have soared as downpours have crumbled streets. Since Dec. 30, there have been 2,407 potholes reported on Los Angeles roads, with 722 this weekend alone. So far, 812 of those ...Read more

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The past 3 weeks were the wettest in 161 years in the Bay Area

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — How wet has it been recently in Northern California?

New rainfall totals show that no person alive has ever experienced a three-week period in the Bay Area as wet as these past 21 days. The last time it happened, Abraham Lincoln was president.

From Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, a total of 17 inches of rain fell in downtown San ...Read more

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Flooded communities, 500 mudslides, broken bridges: California faces long, costly storm recovery

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LOS ANGELES — The atmospheric river storms that pummeled California for weeks inflicted "extensive" damage to as many as 40 of the state's 58 counties, and total repairs could reach as much as $1 billion, according to authorities.

The damage included more than 500 landslides, piles of dirt and rocks blocking roads and power outages due to ...Read more

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Devastating storms might be over, but officials caution California to stay vigilant

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As the skies begin to clear and a relentless series of atmospheric rivers starts to move out, Californians are finally catching a break as they assess the aftermath of weeks of downed trees, landslides and devastating flooding.

River levels are receding in some areas, top climate officials reported in a briefing Monday, and the worst of the ...Read more

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The complex psychology behind keeping Californians safe in a megastorm

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Despite desperate pleas from California Gov. Gavin Newsom about the dangers of extreme weather, and weeks of advance warnings from meteorologists, the relentless series of storms drenching California has already claimed more lives than the death toll from the past two years of wildfires.

So how do people still get caught in the crosshairs of ...Read more

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Overnight downpours cause damage throughout Bay Area, but forecasts clear for remainder of the week

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — One of the wettest periods in the Bay Area’s recorded history began winding to a close this week with a lashing of rain that caused hillsides to buckle in the Berkeley and Oakland hills and several highways to close across Northern California.

Yet even as emergency crews scrambled to red-tag houses and clear storm drains...Read more

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President Biden to travel to California this week to assess storm damage

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will travel to California’s Central Coast Thursday to observe storm damage and “assess what additional federal support is needed,” the White House said.

While exact details are not final, Biden does plan to meet with first responders, state and local officials, and communities affected by the devastation...Read more

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Helicopters evacuate residents of Ventura County town left isolated by storm damage

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LOS ANGELES — Andre Christou watched as the storms that have drenched much of California over the last two weeks turned from serene to scary in the remote wooded community of Matilija Canyon in Los Padres National Forest. She listened to a swollen creek push boulders down the canyon and saw its muddy, rushing waters swallow trees like sticks. ...Read more