Art Museum's Plan For Floating Installation Is All WetState officials say a California museum's plan to install a floating streetlight as a temporary art installation off the coast is all wet.
Pelicans Sick, Dying Along The Ventura, Santa Barbara CoastA local rescue group has found dozens of sick and dying pelicans along the Ventura and Santa Barbara coasts.
Body Of Abalone Diver From Vallejo Found Along Northern California CoastA diver was found dead after searching for abalone off the coast of Northern California, becoming at least the ninth person to perish this year while seeking the delicacy.
Dead Humpback Whale Washes Ashore In PacificaA dead humpback whale has washed up at a beach in the city of Pacifica, the latest of a series of dead whales found along Northern California's coast since April.
King Tides Could Cause Flooding Along Calif. CoastThe king tide is in effect once again and will last until Wednesday in the Bay Area.
Citing Drought, Coastal Town Rushes To Build Water Desalination PlantCalifornia's drought declaration has triggered only local limits such as restrictions on washing cars or watering lawns for most communities, but one Pacific Coast tourist town has seized it as an opportunity to build a long-desired desalination plant.
Magnitude-5.3 Quake Off Coast Shakes Northern CaliforniaThe U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 5.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of northern California.
Powerful Storm Expected To Hit Drought-Stricken California On TuesdayCalifornia is bracing for the arrival of a new, more powerful Pacific storm following a weekend of scattered rain, showers and snow.
Much-Needed Rain And Snow Coming To Northern California WednesdayMeteorologists forecast a pair of storms could dump several inches of rain on parched cities and croplands throughout California in the coming week, bringing welcome news to a state that has just endured its driest year in recorded history.
Facing Drought, Calif. Residents Welcome Weekend StormSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Californians accustomed to complaining about the slightest change in the weather welcomed a robust weekend storm that soaked the northern half of the drought-stricken state Saturday even as rain and snow brought the threat of avalanches, flooding and rock slides. In Willits, one of 17 rural communities that California's Department of Public Health recently described as dangerously low on water, City Councilman Bruce Burton said he was cheered seeing the water levels in a local reservoir and his backyard pond creeping up and small streams flowing again. The city in the heart of redwood country usually sees about 50 inches of rain a year and was expected to get about 4 inches by Sunday. "It's guarded optimism. We are a long ways from where we need to be, but we have to start with some sort of a raindrop," Burton said. The storm that moved in Thursday, powered by a warm, moisture-packed system from the Pacific Ocean known as a Pineapple Express, dropped more than 11 inches of rain on Marin County's Mt. Tamalpais and on the Sonoma County town of Guerneville by late Saturday afternoon, National Weather Service forecaster Bob Benjamin said. Meanwhile, San Francisco, San Jose and other urban areas recorded 1 to 3 inches of rain. With areas north of San Francisco forecast to see another few inches by Sunday, the downpour, while ample enough to flood roadways and prompt warnings that parched streams could be deluged to the point of overflowing, by itself will not solve the state's drought worries, National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Strudley said. "The yearly rainfall around here, depending on where you were, was less than 10 percent of normal," he said. "The additions from this last series of storms and the totals are taking a dent out of it, but it is not a significant dent." The storm deposited a foot of snow for Lake Tahoe ski resorts that have relied on man-made snow for much of the season, and elevations above 7,500 feet were expected to get another foot or two by Sunday, said Holly Osborne, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sacramento. The additions, which followed some brief periods of snow in the last week, already have improved the outlook for the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which provides about a third of California's water supply. When state surveyors last checked on Jan. 30, the snowpack was at 12 percent of normal for this time of winter. By Saturday, it was at 17 percent of normal. "At least we are getting something versus nothing," Osborne said. While the fresh snow delighted skiers and resort operators, the Sierra Avalanche Center warned Saturday that the danger of avalanches, both natural and human-triggered, was high in a wide swath of the central Sierra Nevada because wind had blown new snow onto weak layers of existing ice and rock. Tiffany Morrissey, a Silicon Valley family doctor who was working on ski patrol at the Alpine Meadows resort Saturday, said several lifts and runs were closed as a safety precaution but that cars carrying people wanting a taste of fresh powder filled up the parking lots. "It's a heavy, wet snow, and because of the avalanche danger the lines are pretty long. But you could hear people having a great time out on the mountain," Morrissey said. Forecasters hope the storm portends an end to the persistent dry weather that has plagued the state for months and contributed to its drought emergency. Light precipitation is forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, and another storm is possible next weekend. Southern California was expected to be mostly dry. Forecasters said measureable rain over the weekend likely would not fall farther south than San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties as a ridge of high pressure pushes up from the south. The same subtropical weather system marinating Northern California also brought a third straight day of unsettled weather to Oregon, where the powerful storm dropped snow to fall in and around Portland, caused scattered power outages and produced ice-storm warnings. The National Weather Service said Portland received 2 inches of snow before it changed to sleet around sunset, and it forecast a half-inch of ice accumulation by Sunday morning. Elsewhere Saturday, freezing rain fell from the wine country southwest of Portland to the lower Willamette Valley south of Eugene, triggering an ice-storm warning that stretched for more than 100 miles. "Snow is bad. But ice is worse," said Miles Higa, a National Weather Service meteorologist. More than 3,000 people in the Portland region were without power Saturday morning, but most had the lights back before noon. The number edged back up to more than 400 by 6 p.m. and was expected to rise as it becomes icier late Saturday. Despite its northern location on the U.S. map, Portland sometimes goes an entire winter without snow, and residents and businesses are not prepared to shovel their sidewalks. The Portland Art Museum, Multnomah County Library and many shops were closed. For bicyclists, the weather even doomed the annual "Worst Day of the Year Ride." Organizers had hoped to stage a 15-mile ride through downtown Portland after announcing Thursday that its more challenging 46-mile event through the hills of west Portland was canceled for safety reasons. "Alas, Mother Nature wins this round," organizers announced on the event's website Saturday. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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WEATHER: First Rain Hits Sacramento Area Since Early JanuaryIt hasn’t rained in the Sacramento Valley since January 6, but we’ll see some before the day is through.
Rip Currents Pose Risk Along CoastAuthorities are warning of dangerous rip currents at beaches along the coastline of Southern and Central California.