A small research team sets out in the search for a potential ocean killer. But in this unusual year, nature is not cooperating with her interrogators.
The Bay Area is famous for its microclimates. Learn about the patterns of rain, sun, and wind that make our home what it is.
The focus on 2015’s record heat conceals a larger truth: cool years are increasingly unlikely.
The forecast for rain for 2015-2016 followed El Niño convention. But the pattern broke the rules.
Dozens of experimental fogcatchers stand poised like sentinels across coastal cliffs and fields along the Central Coast, awaiting the marine layer to enshroud them.
Scientists still aren’t sure what to make of what’s happened in the Pacific Ocean this year.
Marine ecologists have long been alarmed at the potentially dangerous summertime growth of the single-celled algae Pseudo-nitzschia — but there are still significant blind spots in our knowledge and research funding has been scarce.
The forecaster mood and message is upbeat these days, with less hedging and more agreement that, yes, this El Niño winter could be a wet one.
The explanation for El Niño has been revealed only slowly, piece by piece over a century, as dedicated researchers in far-flung locations searched for explanations for the droughts and deluges they witnessed.
The Pacific Ocean is the hottest we’ve ever seen it. What that means — or doesn’t — for the coming El Niño.
Two strong historical El Nino wet winters nurture hope for relief from our current drought. But there are several good reasons to hedge about the coming winter.