Tornado genesis from Jim Cantore at the Weather Channel.
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Expect a day of rain on Tuesday with snow above 4,500 feet. NWS expects about up to an inch of rain.
Gov. Brown orders the state's first-ever 25% cut in water use as the winter ends with essentially no snowpack. "This is the new normal,” Brown says. “We will learn how to cope with this.”
Scientist Grace Peng reminds us there was a time when the Pacific inundated California with rivers of free water from the sky.
With this drought year starting to look like the worst yet, the Metropolitan Water District is offering rich deals and Northern California rice farmers are selling.
Not only is there not much snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, we're setting winter records for warmth -- again -- and the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge has returned.
A very wet "atmospheric river event" is pointed at Northern California with an estimated arrival of later this week. Hey, we'll take it.
In good weather the region has about 10 reported crashes an hour, peaking in the morning. On rainy days, the rate soars to 15 an hour and is worst in the afternoon. Go figure.
It's going to be more chilly than usual for folks staying out overnight in Pasadena for the Rose Parade. Kind of ironic for a parade that has functioned throughout its history as a promotional piece for balmy Southern California cities to sell their mid-winter allure to frigid Easterners and Midwesterners.
The officer was killed last night when he was trapped between a loose boat and rocks near the Green Pleasure Pier.
Windyty is one of those websites where you can lose a lot of time just staring and trying new views.
Is that it? Blue skies outside right now. The rain that blew in overnight was intense and caused the usual problems.
A total cloud inversion on Thursday obscured visitors' view of the Grand Canyon. It's a phenomenon that happens every few years when warm air traps a layer of cold air below the canyon walls.
An old-fashioned Pacific winter storm that slammed into Northern California has flooded streets and highways, registered some astonishing wind speeds and forced some schools to close. Surfing on Lake Tahoe!
Heavy rain and snowfall, blizzards above 6,000 feet and more are expected this week -- in Northern California. But that's good enough for us in the south. The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge has moved out of the way for now.
Our first major rain of the year was a mixed blessing. For most Angelenos, the rain brought a sense of renewal and a reminder that inexorable desiccation isn't the only state of our Mediterranean climate. For Mark Gold, the first major rain of the season will always be "the first flush."
As the drought deepens, a new study finds, the year 2014 has been the worst single year since 800 AD — and rising temperatures mean it could yet get worse.
Three of the iconic Yosemite waterfalls have awakened from the drought — enjoy. Also, the rainfall totals from three nice days of cleansing rain in the Los Angeles area.
The big rain should arrive Tuesday. In the meantime, Northern California is getting a reminder of what "normal" looks like.
Drought gardener and blogger Emily Green wants people to remember that they need to deep-water their trees or the drought can have a worse effect than necessary.
It's good to celebrate rain in a land of little, particularly before the inevitable onslaught of reminders that this doesn't mean our drought is over, and reports of accidents on the freeways, and floods and mudslides unleashed when Pacific storms crash against the steep mountains that hem in the Los Angeles basin and cast a rain shadow over the desert to the east.
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In case you missed it
Of tsunamis and earthquakesIn one part of Japan, time has stood still since the 2011 tsunami. Story and video
A word Angelenos should knowPetrichor: The scent of rain on a dry land. Christensen & Gold
Yosemite fire cam
Wildfire smoke over Half Dome, viewed from Sentinel Dome. Bigger. Yosemite Conservancy.
Sky and palmGreat skies we had one day. #DTLA. Bigger on Facebook
Streetscape: High clouds over LAPDHard to take a picture in this town without getting a palm tree. Bigger
Gotta love the Pacific OceanNow that's a weather map. See big
Lazy Saturday at Free Zuma on the west end of Point Dume. More
OK, let's talk about the weatherJust because LA is not a desert doesn't mean it's not getting hotter. Tim Rutten surveys the climate picture. Read
Southern California's winds can be beautiful
Scientists believe in the epic superstorm
Sometimes La Niña is wet, not dry
Hottest downtown temperature ever
How the Pacific storm gate works
Los Angeles against the mountains
Rainfall totalsGo right to the data from the county Department of Public Works telemeters.