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Raoul Rañoa

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Raoul Rañoa is senior graphics and data journalist at the Los Angeles Times. His infographics have accompanied everything from Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative stories to features on art museums and music concerts. An avid fan of music, science fiction and nature, he spends his weekends wielding his guitar like a light saber and hiking with his wife.

Recent Articles

  • Where the pope will visit in Mexico

    Where the pope will visit in Mexico

    Read more: Pope Francis plans a symbolically freighted trip to Mexico For the first time since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis will visit Mexico, home to the world's second largest population of Catholics. The pontiff's six-day pilgrimage includes stops in states known...

  • Mudslides create treacherous trek on PCH

    Mudslides create treacherous trek on PCH

    Sandwiched by steep mountains on one side and ocean on the other, Pacific Coast Highway has endured countless rock falls and mudflows since it was built in 1929, forcing motorists to reroute through canyon roads. Here is a sample of major road closures caused over the decades by Mother Nature....

  • Debris flow and recent burn areas

    Debris flow and recent burn areas

    Read more: Drought increases risk of destructive mudflows during El Niño storms The U.S. Geological Survey has studied select fire burn areas to determine their vulnerability to flash floods and debris flows. Using burn severity, soil properties, rainfall data based on a 25-year storm and a number...

  • Know your Imperial helmets

    Know your Imperial helmets

    The sleek, homogenous look of evil. The look of the Stormtrooper helmet awakens a feeling of unknown evil, and that’s most likely the point. Almost impossible to tell apart, the only way to learn about the soldiers behind the masks is to study the many different shapes, sizes and offshoots of the...

  • Tracking Hurricane Patricia

    Tracking Hurricane Patricia

    Hurricane Patricia lost force and was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved northeast across Mexico on Saturday morning. Minimal damage was reported in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit early Saturday where Patricia had made landfall. Read story: Little damage reported as once-ferocious...

  • How debris flows happen

    How debris flows happen

    Research led by Michael Lamb, professor of geology at California Institute of Technology, shows that debris flows and mudslides in the San Gabriel Mountains are the result of soil that has been stripped from steep hillsides during fire. The stripped soil accumulates in river channels until a storm...

  • El Niño rains forecast to reach far into Northern California, where they're most needed

    El Niño rains forecast to reach far into Northern California, where they're most needed

    Few places would benefit more from a winter of El Niño-driven rainstorms than this massive, rapidly depleting reservoir in the desert 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles. On Thursday, a new federal forecast said El Niño is continuing to strengthen, with experts saying it's on track to produce potentially...

  • How debris flows happen

    How debris flows happen

    Research led by Michael Lamb, professor of geology at California Institute of Technology, shows that debris flows and mudslides in the San Gabriel Mountains bordering Los Angeles County are the result of soil that has been stripped from steep hillsides during fire. The stripped soil accumulates...

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