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  • High-pressure mass above Southern California keeps brunt of El Niño away

    High-pressure mass above Southern California keeps brunt of El Niño away

    El Niño-fueled storms have left apartments teetering on a cliff's edge near San Francisco, and snow has piled up in the Sierra Nevada mountains, with the water content 111% of normal. Yet Southern California has been in a dry spell for the last three weeks, which is expected to be briefly interrupted...

  • Fast-moving storm could dump heavy rain on Southern California

    Fast-moving storm could dump heavy rain on Southern California

    Just days before Punxsutawney Phil is scheduled to emerge from his groundhog home in Pennsylvania and predict the duration of winter, human forecasters say California will get pummeled by rain and up to three feet of snow this weekend, thanks to an atmospheric river.  For Southern California, the...

  • Surf could reach 20 feet as another round of powerful waves hits Southern California

    Surf could reach 20 feet as another round of powerful waves hits Southern California

    High surf, with waves possibly larger than 20 feet, will pummel Central and Southern California beaches through Saturday night, according to forecasters. The powerful surf will probably excite surfers looking to catch a large wave, but forecasters warn that ocean conditions could be dangerous for...

  • California's snowpack is deepest in five years after recent storms

    California's snowpack is deepest in five years after recent storms

    California’s current snowpack is the deepest it has been in five years -- a modest, yet encouraging milestone in a period of prolonged drought.   Readings of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday showed water content statewide was 18.7 inches, or 115% of the historical average for that date, according...

  • Is El Niño wimping out in Southern California? Not quite

    Is El Niño wimping out in Southern California? Not quite

    Los Angeles is facing sunshine and warmth this week even as El Niño remains strong 1,000 to 2,000 miles south of California. It’s the third week without big storms this month. But El Niño is not wimping out. Here's what’s going on:  Why hasn’t El Niño brought us rain already in Los Angeles? Put...

  • Rescue efforts underway for missing surfer as powerful waves pound Bay Area

    Rescue efforts underway for missing surfer as powerful waves pound Bay Area

    Rescue efforts resumed Thursday for a surfer who was seen unconscious in rough ocean waters off Marin County, even as powerful surf continued to pound the California coast. Dan Dafoe, 40, of San Rafael was last seen about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday face down in the ocean toward the north end of Rodeo...

  • California has 'a shot out of the drought' if El Niño rain persists

    California has 'a shot out of the drought' if El Niño rain persists

    With a couple of weeks of rain and snow behind them and more on the horizon for the Sierra Nevada in Northern California, state water officials expressed cautious hope that this El Niño season could lift California out of its historic drought. “The recent rains have put us on a good trajectory...

  • Drenching storm in Central California will bring only light rain to L.A.

    Drenching storm in Central California will bring only light rain to L.A.

    Southern California will get a drizzle of rain Tuesday night into Wednesday morning ahead of a few days of clear skies and sunny weather, the National Weather service said. The storm -- moving east and reaching down from Northern California -- will have wrung out most of its moisture by the time...

  • What happened to El Niño? Be patient, L.A., it'll come, expert says

    What happened to El Niño? Be patient, L.A., it'll come, expert says

    When the first hints of El Niño developed last year, experts believed that the brunt of the rain would occur in Southern California rather than Northern California. So far this season, the opposite has happened. Since Oct. 1, San Francisco was at 100% of average rainfall as of Monday; Eureka at...

  • High surf expected along Southern California coast

    High surf expected along Southern California coast

    High surf will hammer the Southern California coast Monday and Tuesday, bringing with it the potential for dangerous rip currents and minor coastal flooding, according to the National Weather Service. Surf of 15 to 20 feet, with local sets up to 25 feet, is expected along the Central Coast, forecasters...

  • Storms in Central and Northern California will have little effect on L.A. area

    Storms in Central and Northern California will have little effect on L.A. area

    A wave of storms is bringing rain and some flooding to Central and Northern California but will have little effect on the Los Angeles area over the next several days. In Humboldt County, rivers and streams are at flood stage, sweeping over some low-lying fields, said meteorologist Ryan Aylward...

  • Northern California slammed by new series of storms

    Northern California slammed by new series of storms

    A new round of rain and snow barreled into Northern California on Sunday, with more wet weather forecast later in the week. The National Weather Service warns of heavy snow in the Sierra that can make driving conditions difficult. Snow levels will be around 6,500 feet. Rain totals are expected...

  • Water regulators propose further relaxation of conservation requirements

    Water regulators propose further relaxation of conservation requirements

    Water providers that have struggled in recent months to meet  conservation targets could soon get some relief under the modified drought rules unveiled Friday by state regulators. The proposed changes to California’s emergency drought regulation reward water districts for investing in new local...

  • Keep umbrellas handy, Northern California, it's going to be a wet weekend

    Keep umbrellas handy, Northern California, it's going to be a wet weekend

    Northern California residents should keep umbrellas on hand this weekend, because it's gearing up to be a wet one. From late Friday afternoon through early Monday morning, the lowest amounts of rain projected are half-an-inch over the northern San Joaquin Valley, the Sacramento National Weather...

  • Two feet of snow expected across northern Sierra Nevada this week

    Two feet of snow expected across northern Sierra Nevada this week

    A series of storms passing over Northern California are expected to drench residents in rain and dump up to 2 feet of snow on the northern Sierra Nevada, a precious water resource the state relies on in the spring, the National Weather Service said. The storms are expected to bypass Southern California,...

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