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Human noise, light are creating fundamental changes in ecological communities

Human noise, light are creating fundamental changes in ecological communities

February 25, 2015 at 2:29 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN JOSE — Human noise and light are creating fundamental changes in ecological communities — changing the density, diversity and dependencies of bird species that are biological barometers of the natural world. But peace can be restored to the wilderness by enlisting technologies that create a darker and more silentRead More

Rain in Bay Area, snow in Sierra, but reservoirs still low

Rain in Bay Area, snow in Sierra, but reservoirs still low

February 11, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

The weekend storm brought more than an inch of rain around the Bay Area by Saturday evening and up to 2 feet of wet snow at higher Sierra Nevada elevations near Lake Tahoe, but Northern California’s largest drinking water reservoirs were still well below average levels. More rain is onRead More

California’s drought is killing dogs in one impacted community

February 3, 2015 at 11:00 am 1 comment

CASTRO VALLEY — Stemming from California’s drought, three pet dogs have died after lapping up water in a popular recreation lake fouled by toxic algae flourishing in scarce rain and runoff. The East Bay Regional Park District reported Saturday it is installing bigger and bolder signs at Lake Chabot RegionalRead More

Drought-plagued Northern California can’t wait for Pineapple Express storm

February 3, 2015 at 10:57 am Comments are Disabled

After the driest January in recorded history, the Bay Area is back in the rain business. Meteorologists are reporting that conditions in the Pacific are generating what appears to be a strong “Pineapple Express” storm that is expected to hit Northern California starting Thursday evening, bringing steady rain through theRead More

This was the driest January ever for California’s Bay Area

This was the driest January ever for California’s Bay Area

January 30, 2015 at 10:28 am Comments are Disabled

For the first time ever, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento have recorded no rainfall for the month of January — nada drop. San Jose has receiveda record-low .02 inches, and no rain is forecast for at least a week. Adding more ominous news to California’s historic drought, the Bay Area’sRead More

December rains stoke big flows in Bay Area waterfalls

December rains stoke big flows in Bay Area waterfalls

January 6, 2015 at 8:56 pm Comments are Disabled

Heavy rainstorms have awakened the Bay Area’s slumbering waterfalls, providing the biggest and showiest water rush in the hills since three years of drought began. From the Santa Cruz Mountains redwood groves to Mount Diablo bay and oak forests to Sunol-Ohlone Wilderness rocky peaks, heavy December rainfall has opened theRead More

Drought: Winter storms boost storage levels in key California reservoirs

Drought: Winter storms boost storage levels in key California reservoirs

December 12, 2014 at 11:50 am Comments are Disabled

After three years of relentlessly bad news about California’s historic drought, the drenching storm that barreled in Thursday from Hawaii finally delivered the state some desperately needed good news. One storm does not end a drought as severe as this one, meteorologists and water managers emphasized again Thursday. But thisRead More

Storm delivers impressive rain totals to drought-stricken Bay Area

Storm delivers impressive rain totals to drought-stricken Bay Area

December 12, 2014 at 11:48 am Comments are Disabled

The major storm that pounded the Bay Area on Thursday delivered some impressive rainfall totals, allowing some cities to record the wettest December in more than a decade. And more rain was expected Friday and next week, though it’s not expected to rival Thursday’s storm. Thursday’s deluge served up someRead More

Rain brings second wet commute as Bay Area surpasses normal rainfall totals

Rain brings second wet commute as Bay Area surpasses normal rainfall totals

December 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN JOSE — The Bay Area awoke Wednesday to a second consecutive morning of heavy rain, which brought widespread flooding, traffic accidents and generally lousy commutes. But the two days of wet stuff has brought the region within or beyond normal rainfall totals to date for the first time inRead More

Rain level in this drought-stricken Bay Area region now ‘normal’

Rain level in this drought-stricken Bay Area region now ‘normal’

November 2, 2014 at 11:00 am Comments are Disabled

A meteorologist at the National Weather Service, now long retired, used to say that the rainy season starts with the World Series and ends with spring training. Well, the season’s first significant storm, which started with a downpour during the San Francisco Giants’ World Series championship parade on Friday, gaveRead More