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Video: It's a bear's life

bear-bradbury-pool-kabctv.jpg Bear playing in the swimming pool in Bradbury during Sunday's heat.

Mark Thompson returns to Fox 11 weather desk

mark-thompson-fox11-grab.jpg Channel 11's longtime weathercaster and host showed up over the weekend and will be around for awhile.

Ol' Man Atmospheric River is flowing again

atmos-river-jan2016.jpg A good old-fashioned Pineapple Express is headed for Northern and Central California this week. Later we should get ours.

Death Valley or Spring's Meadows?

P31300631.JPG How does a place that gets about 2 inches of rain per year support such a display of wildflowers? The answer is geology.

El Niño is doing its job nicely — up north

total-accum-moisturejan172016.jpg Rivers are high, snow pack is deep and new storms are coming. Los Angeles, however, remains one of the driest places in the state.

Mt. Waterman to open for first time in 5 years

mt-waterman-lift-2010.jpg LA's closest ski area doesn't make snow so it's all about the weather.

El Niño exposes LA's aquatic conundrum

20160105_00_gfs.jpg What makes a city resilient in one era many not serve it well at all in another.

Sierra snowpack is more than double last year at this time

mammoth-snow-122215.jpg The first media op of the season was today. Water content across the range is at 108 percent of normal.

Au revoir, Paris. Holá, El Niño!

el nino 300.jpeg The climate agreement doesn't go far enough. And we're not ready for El Niño. But we'll have to muddle through somehow.

Atmospheric river slams into the Pacific Northwest

Thumbnail image for MIMIC_TPW_EPAC_latest72hrs_Ending1700_08dec2015.gif In anticipation of El Niño, here's what it looked like to the scientists.

LA's year really has been warm

malibu-heat.jpg This weekend's unseasonably high temperatures cinched a new record for 2015, breaking a mark that had stood for awhile.

Mammoth gets 3 feet of snow, plans to open Thursday

mammoth-snow-11215.jpg Looks like California will have a ski season and maybe even a winter snowpack.

Santa Monica tsunami forecast: everything you should know

Case16Elev.jpg A scientist reads the latest NOAA report on future tsunamis so you don't have to — and points out the good stuff.

Hurricane Patricia approaches Mexico at 'incredible' strength

hurr-patricia-early.jpg Potentially catastrophic storm heading for Puerto Vallarta "now very close to the theoretical maximum strength for a tropical cyclone on planet Earth."

Venomous sea snakes arrive with El Niño*

sea-snake-warning.jpg If you see a yellow-bellied sea snake, take pictures and report the sighting but do not handle this highly venomous creature. OK?

Scary video from debris flow near Tehachapi

hiway58-mud-cbsla.jpg Interstate 5 is bad, but there are A LOT of trucks trapped in the debris flow that covered Highway 58 last night. Intense video inside.

Los Angeles River with water in it

lariver-rain-91515.jpg The drought has gone on so long there may be new Angelenos who have never seen the concrete Los Angeles River raging. Hola, El Niño.

Sierra snowpack was probably the worst in 500 years

yosemite-no-snow-nws.jpg A new study looks at blue oak tree rings in the Sierra Nevada. "The 2015 low is unprecedented in the context of the past 500 years," says a journal report.

Bad, bad night in Middletown (video)

anderson-springs-grab1.jpg Hundreds of homes were lost on Saturday night. For generations of hot springs soakers and New Age followers, there is more bad news.

Watch El Ninos build side by side: 1997 and 2015

el-ninos-compared.jpg "I was a little shocked just how closely 2015 resembles 1997 visually," says the visualization creator at UCAR.

Things to do in the desert in August 8-30-15.jpg We had the whole golf course to ourselves. You can too, if it's August in Indio.
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