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  • After wet, stormy weekend, rain moves out but chilly temperatures remain

    After wet, stormy weekend, rain moves out but chilly temperatures remain

    After a weekend in which two storms moved through Southern California, forecasters said the weather for the coming workweek would be chilly and windy but mostly dry. The Los Angeles area was expected to see temperatures in the mid-60s on Monday, about six degrees cooler than usual for this time...

  • Plan to bundle up for Hollywood Christmas Parade

    Plan to bundle up for Hollywood Christmas Parade

    Those turning out Sunday evening for the 85th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, featuring Olivia Newton-John as grand marshal, should plan to bundle up. Newton-John will perform at a pre-parade concert, which will begin at 5 p.m. and features Cyndi Lauper, Kenny G, War and others. The parade itself...

  • Driving home this holiday weekend? These storms could complicate your commute

    Driving home this holiday weekend? These storms could complicate your commute

    The first of two highly anticipated storms moved into Southern California on Saturday afternoon, bringing rain that could snarl post-holiday commutes. A second storm — expected to be the coldest so far this season — will follow on Sunday. Forecasters said snow levels could drop below 4,000 feet...

  • Ski season begins in Southern California — with a hope and a prayer for real snow

    Ski season begins in Southern California — with a hope and a prayer for real snow

     Southern California's ski season is off to a limited start but with more snow in the forecast. Big Bear Mountain Resort in the San Bernardino Mountains opened Friday, and neighboring Snow Summit is expected to open Saturday. Southern California mountains have received a bit of snow this fall,...

  • Rain, cool temperatures coming this weekend

    Rain, cool temperatures coming this weekend

    A cold pressure system is expected to bring some rain and possible thunderstorms throughout Southern California beginning Saturday afternoon and continuing into Sunday, forecasters said. Showers are expected over much of the Los Angeles region, with some areas getting up to an inch over the weekend,...

  • Rain triggers 570% surge in Los Angeles County freeway crashes

    Rain triggers 570% surge in Los Angeles County freeway crashes

    A weekend rainstorm that drenched Southern California and triggered hundreds of freeway crashes will disappear by the afternoon and make way for cool, autumn weather on Thanksgiving, the National Weather Service said Monday. Over Sunday and Monday, the storm dumped more than two inches of rain...

  • Four people rescued from swollen Los Angeles River after weekend storm

    Four people rescued from swollen Los Angeles River after weekend storm

    Four people were rescued from the Los Angeles River early Monday after quickly rising waters stranded the group on a tiny island in Atwater Village, Los Angeles firefighters said. The two men and two women were spotted by a driver on the 5 freeway stranded on a grassy and brush-covered island about half...

  • After warm Saturday, 'close to 100%' chance of rain Sunday evening

    After warm Saturday, 'close to 100%' chance of rain Sunday evening

    After a warm Saturday, Los Angeles County could see up to an inch of rainfall Sunday, with a small chance of thunderstorms and snow at higher elevations.  The region should see warmer temperatures Saturday with lows in the 50s and highs in the 70s, said Scott Sukup, meteorologist with the National...

  • 102 million dead California trees 'unprecedented in our modern history,' officials say

    102 million dead California trees 'unprecedented in our modern history,' officials say

    The number of dead trees in California’s drought-stricken forests has risen dramatically to more than 102 million in what officials described as an unparalleled ecological disaster that heightens the danger of massive wildfires and damaging erosion. Officials said they were alarmed by the increase...

  • Santa Ana winds bring fire risk, frost advisories to Los Angeles and Ventura counties

    Santa Ana winds bring fire risk, frost advisories to Los Angeles and Ventura counties

    Powerful Santa Ana winds and warm, dry air will create a dangerous mix of weather conditions that could trigger a fast-moving brush fire with just a spark, the National Weather Service said Thursday. A red flag warning was issued across the mountains and valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through...

  • Brisk temperatures and gusty winds on the horizon in California

    Brisk temperatures and gusty winds on the horizon in California

    The change of seasons has taken its time. But after a statewide spell of warm temperatures — with record highs reported in Paso Robles, Fresno and San Francisco — forecasters expect thermometers to dip for much of the state this week, bringing a below-average chill and powerful gusty winds. But there...

  • Chinook salmon spawning season improves

    Chinook salmon spawning season improves

    The picture has brightened slightly for endangered winter-run Chinook salmon after two disastrous spawning seasons. The number of juveniles migrating downstream this fall is roughly twice what it was last year, thanks to better temperature conditions in the Sacramento River. “We’re declaring success...

  • Downtown L.A.'s new hot neighborhood?

    Downtown L.A.'s new hot neighborhood?

    Good morning. It is Thursday, Oct. 27. It’s the vegan burger San Francisco can’t stop talking about. But does it really taste like meat? Here’s what else is going on around the state. TOP STORIES Slow to change Low-cost tour bus services have seen explosive growth as more casinos have opened around...

  • Northern California is seeing two or three times more rain than normal. So why is Southern California so dry?

    Northern California is seeing two or three times more rain than normal. So why is Southern California so dry?

    As the state enters its sixth year of drought, Northern California is seeing some significant relief thanks to a series of powerful storms, while Southern California remains mired in record dry conditions. Despite a rainstorm set to hit the Southland this week, the region continues to face an unprecedented...

  • Rainfall due Friday morning could make a tough commute miserable

    Rainfall due Friday morning could make a tough commute miserable

    If you thought your morning commute was bad, just wait until Friday. Storms moving into Los Angeles County should peak during the Friday morning rush hour. Although Thursday should start off sunny, a storm front is expected to bring rain to the region starting in Ventura County between 6 p.m. and...

  • High school football player jolted by lightning during Southern California storm

    High school football player jolted by lightning during Southern California storm

    A storm that swept through Southern California on Monday brought nearly 2 inches of rain to the San Bernardino mountains and more than 4,000 lightning flashes, striking at least one teen. The National Weather Service recorded 4,063 lightning flashes in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San...

  • California braces for series of rain storms

    California braces for series of rain storms

    Large swaths of California will be pounded by rain this week, offering a bit of relief as the state enters a sixth year of drought. Southern California was hit by scattered showers — with some areas experiencing thunder, lightning and spells of heavier rain — as a storm moved through the region...

  • It's time to start paying attention to seismic forecasts

    It's time to start paying attention to seismic forecasts

    Good morning. It is Friday, Oct. 21. It’s impossible to look at the school picture for this Northern California 3-year-old and not smile. Here’s what is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Earthquake forecast Some earthquake experts are encouraged that social media seems to be drawing more...

  • Drought's grip on Southern California to tighten with La Niña, forecasters say

    Drought's grip on Southern California to tighten with La Niña, forecasters say

    After five years of withering drought, government forecasters say California is once again headed for a warm and dry winter, especially in Southern California.   The National Weather Service issued its winter outlook Thursday and predicted that La Niña conditions in the Pacific will affect the...

  • Firefighters battle fast-moving blaze in Lake View Terrace

    Firefighters battle fast-moving blaze in Lake View Terrace

    Firefighters battled a brush fire Wednesday that spread to 62 acres in the Kagel Canyon area of Lake View Terrace. The fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. near 11700 Terra Vista Way, according to Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Some homes were threatened for a time, and...

  • Brush fire at the site of the Porter Ranch gas leak is 85% contained

    Brush fire at the site of the Porter Ranch gas leak is 85% contained

    A brush fire that ignited Tuesday night at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility above Porter Ranch was 85% contained as of early Wednesday morning, authorities said. Fire officials said they expect the fire, which grew to 23 acres overnight, to be fully contained by 8 a.m. About 100 firefighters...

  • The rain's over in L.A., and fire weather is back

    The rain's over in L.A., and fire weather is back

    Gusty Santa Ana winds and hot, dry conditions will bring another extended period of extreme fire danger to Southern California this week, forecasters said.  The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning Tuesday, which will begin at 3 p.m. and continue through Thursday night.  Gusty northeast...

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