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It Hasn’t Been A Textbook El Niño Winter So Far — But That Could Change

January 19, 2016 by Les Rowntree

The forecast for rain for 2015-2016 followed El Niño convention. But the pattern broke the rules.


El Niño Update: It’s Going to Rain (Almost Certainly, Probably)

October 02, 2015 by Les Rowntree

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.


When It Rains, It Pours: Historic Drought and Atmospheric Rivers

July 27, 2015 by Les Rowntree

Current climate change research suggests California’s weather could become even more variable than in the past, a “new normal” of drier dry periods punctuated by wetter winter storms.

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How Are Wildflowers Coping with the Drought?

February 13, 2014 by Sue Rosenthal

It’s tough to be a plant when there’s no water! Rainfall is one of the most critical—and most unpredictable—of all the factors that affect wildflower bloom. So how are they coping?


The Beauty of an Atmospheric River

February 07, 2014 by Eric Simons

The forecast calls for big rain this weekend from an "atmospheric river," a plume of moisture stretching thousands of miles across the Pacific and splashing onto land right smack on the Northern California coast.


What’s Causing the Dry Weather — And When Will It End?

January 31, 2014 by Elizabeth Devitt

In the 150-plus years that we’ve been tracking rainfall in Northern California, it’s never been this dry. It was the ...

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Who’s Suffering, Who’s Not as Drought Stretches On

November 18, 2013 by Eric Simons

As drought stretches on in California, local plants and animals are falling back on their evolutionarily honed behaviors for outlasting the dry.


The Rainy Day Barrel Contest

November 04, 2010 by R. Adam Chasey

With a few good storms already this fall, we have some reason to hope for good rains this season. That will be good news for salmon, and good news for the young rain harvesters at work in Marin County, where the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network is putting on a rainwater harvesting and community art contest.

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It’s Raining…Rain Beetles?

October 31, 2008 by Kate Brittain

As April showers are to May flowers in other parts of the country, so are autumn rains to the rain beetle here in the Bay Area. The rainy season's first soaking precipitation (an inch or more) beckons forth this remarkable insect.

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Letter from the Publisher

January 01, 2007 by David Loeb

There’s that certain moment when you first taste the arrival of a new season. (Yes, we really do have seasons ...

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