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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Environment

Hey, L.A., It's Time to Raise the Price of Water

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Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 6:00 AM
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It's not raining in L.A., but we turn our faucets and somehow the water keeps coming out.

For now.

Despite the drought, most Angelenos are using as much water as ever. This can't go on indefinitely. In January of this year, Governor Brown called for a voluntary 20 percent reduction in use. Not surprisingly, a polite request didn't do the trick. So last month, the State Water Resources Control Board mandated steeper fines for violators of existing conservation rules, people who clean their driveways with a hose or water their lawns too much, etc. This will do very little. Los Angeles has only four water cops. (That's up from one, so if someone from the city tells you they've quadrupled enforcement, don't be too impressed.)

Are we really going to keep fiddling around the edges of this problem until we're in a crisis? Can't we deal with it seriously before the bottoms of our reservoirs are in sight?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weather

The Best Warm Weather Places in America Are Right at Home

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Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 8:04 AM
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This news is not going to knock anyone off their seat.

But, yeah, L.A. County is home to the best warm weather places in the nation. At least that's the conclusion of personal finance site WalletHub, which this week named Glendale, Pasadena and Burbank as "cities with the best ... year-round weather" in America.

See also: So Far, 2014 Is the Hottest Year Ever Recorded in California

Those three tied for first place alongside Arden, Arcade, Citrus Heights, Roseville, and Davis — all California cities:

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Weather

So Far, 2014 Is the Hottest Year Ever Recorded in California

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Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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With the first six months of 2014 behind us, federal weather experts crunched the numbers and concluded that it was the hottest first half of any year ever recorded in California.

Not only that but the two-season average rainfall for downtown Los Angeles was the driest ever, said Stuart Seto, weather specialist at the National Weather Service. A rainfall season goes from July 1 to June 30.

The National Climatic Data Center says that our January through June in California was the "warmest to date" and that ...

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Weather

Why Is it Always Hottest in Woodland Hills?

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Thu, May 15, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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When the sun starts blazing, the hottest place in Los Angeles is, more often than not, Woodland Hills.

The whole San Fernando Valley is one giant pit fire on almost any warm day, and the National Weather Service has thermometers at other Valley locations, including Van Nuys and Burbank. So we had to ask: Why Woodland Hills?

Charles B. Pyke, former assistant meteorology professor at Cal State Northridge, had a pretty logical answer for us:

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Weather

Southern California Is 1 of "The 10 Best Weather Places in the World"

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Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 9:03 AM
From the department of Tell Me Something I Didn't Already Know comes this gem:

One spot in Southern California ranks among "The 10 Best Weather Places in the World," according to the latest issue of Weatherwise magazine (the publication about "the power, beauty, and excitement of weather").

Unfortunately for us, that spot is not Los Angeles. No, rather it's ...

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

Weather

Stay Away From Toxic Pacific Ocean, Experts Warn

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Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 1:12 PM
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The weekend's storm has moved out, but some of the powerful Pacific swell has remained. And, with diminished winds, that's a recipe for some good surfing at many local spots.

See also: Big Waves Hit SoCal Coast & Invade a Restaurant (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Surfers are taking advantage. But experts at UCLA and Heal the Bay are pleading for watermen and women to back off.

Here's why:

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With storm-generated waves estimated by the National Weather Service to be reaching 6 to 8 feet, Mother Nature put on a show for beach watchers over the weekend.

Some surfers paddled out, but few seemed to get decent waves. The waves were "closing out," or offering nothing rides as they crashed down.

See also: Stormpocalypse Is a Hoax

But diners at Moby Dick in Santa Barbara got a tasty wave Saturday morning:

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Weather

Stormpocalypse Is a Hoax

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Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 7:05 AM
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When it comes to this week's storms, there's plenty to be excited about.

We're in the midst of a historic drought, so every drop counts. Today's front could bring up to six inches of rain in some parts of Los Angeles County, more than we've seen in almost three years. And, well, snow! (Not here; in the mountains.)

See also: Wettest Night in Nearly 3 Years Coming to L.A.

But one website's proclamation that today's precipitation will comprise a storm of historic proportions with "tornado dynamics" is well, BS. Allegedly:

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Weather

Wettest Night in Nearly 3 Years Coming to L.A.

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Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 8:06 AM
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Los Angeles had its driest calendar year on record in 2013, and California's historic drought prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency. President Obama has pledged tens of millions of dollars in federal aid.

See also: Driest Year Ever For L.A.

On top of all that, the relatively warm weather in SoCal recently made us feel like spring had already arrived, at its earliest point in a generation. Wrong.

In a testament to these strange days, the National Weather Service says we can expect more rain this week than we've had in almost three years:

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday, December 27, 2013

Weather

L.A.'s Holiday Heat Wave Breaks Records, & There's More to Come

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Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 3:55 PM

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You can officially mark the 2013 holiday season as one that saw a historic heatwave in Southern California. Maybe you'll tell your grandchildren about it someday.

Today, Downtown Los Angeles set a record high temperature of 85 degrees, beating 1947's 83. Not only that, but the National Weather Service actually recorded temps as high as 90 degrees in L.A. County.

In late December. Really:

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