| Sep 19, 2014
| 1:51 PM
In Texas, where the governor once urged the public to pray for rain, this week’s torrential storms might finally be a sign of lasting relief for the state plagued by years of drought. Or maybe not.
“This could be the start of the end of...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 4:19 PM
Newport-Mesa Unified district officials are considering shortening the school day when classroom temperatures reach intolerable levels.
The heat wave that had students sweating in sweltering classrooms in May and again this month has officials...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 8:19 PM
Jonathan Dove was patrolling Mt. Shasta on a clear, warm afternoon when a group of backpackers asked him if Mud Creek Canyon on the Northern California peak always flowed so heavily.
The U.S. Forest Service climbing ranger scrambled up a ridge to...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 6:34 AM
Northern and Central California typically receive 30% to 40% of their precipitation over the next three months, but this year, forecasters say the upper two-thirds of the state can expect to miss out on much of that badly needed moisture.
The lack of...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 4:40 PM
Northern California is bearing the brunt of wildfires that have destroyed scores of homes and consumed huge swaths of land. The state has seen 1,000 more wildfires so far this year compared to the average, many of them in northern forest areas left bone-...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 6:31 PM
The Sieferts are the kind of environmentally conscious family who attend local sustainability workshops and have solar panels atop their Mar Vista home. They use timers on their kids' showers and have planted drought-tolerant landscaping.
| Sep 10, 2014
| 11:17 AM
Californians have shown a quick about-face and have started cutting back on water usage in urban areas, the State Water Resources Control Board announced Tuesday.
Using water production as an indicator of urban use, the board reported a 7.5% reduction...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 12:27 PM
The California drought is serious! The Washington Post proclaims the "West's historic drought stokes fears of water crisis." California passes laws threatening to fine people who abuse water use by washing down driveways, sidewalks and patios, and...
| Aug 31, 2014
| 9:14 PM
"Begorrah," said the Irishman on the second day of summer, "these auld days are gettin' shorter already."
That's an old joke about Irish fatalism, but it fits the way the summer unfolded in the Lehigh Valley this year. On this Labor Day, the...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 3:45 AM
A late summer heat wave will continue through this week, according to the National Weather Service, with high temperatures not expected to drop from around 90 degrees until Sunday.
Wednesday was expected to be mostly sunny with a light breeze. The low...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 2:18 PM
To the editor: It is interesting how David Pierson’s article on U.S. farmers hoping to sell rice to China touches on so many issues. The message overall is that food producers will produce a healthier product when it is economic to do so. (“...