Nine of the 20 largest wildfires in California in the last 110 years were started by lightning strikes, including the devastating Lightning Complex fires in August 2020 that burned more than 750,000 acres in and around the Bay Area. Between … Read more
The Bay Area is famous for its microclimates. Learn about the patterns of rain, sun, and wind that make our home what it is.
In a famous experiment in the early 1960s, the mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz was running computer simulations of weather patterns, trying to see how they changed when he changed variables like wind or temperature at the start. One day, … Read more
Atmospheric rivers are nothing short of a miracle for California. But climate change is altering their character.
Major October rain is in the forecast for the first time in five years. As they say in sports, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.
What do you see there in the sky?
Central Valley temperatures are expected to stick near 110 for the next three days, making life difficult for important crops.
Ten days ago the state set new heat records and brush fires broke out. Burn areas in the Santa Cruz Mountains rekindled. Then, over the last three days, a 2,000-mile-long filament of water in the sky burst over the areas that last week sat brown and smoking.
Pandemic, civil rights protests, fires, election, and oh yes, possibly the second driest calendar year on record.
San Francisco records back-to-back fully dry Octobers for the second time in 170 years.
What happens in an always warm world when it doesn’t rain for an unusual amount of time?