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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.
It's still a crapshoot, but NOAA's seasonal outlook sees a good chance of at least a normal precipitation winter in California.
Los Angeles baked, but Baker was balmy.
Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District, knows how to deliver bad news in a positive manner.
The high on Tuesday is only expected to be 102 -- 12 degrees more than right now. Could be worse, I guess.
Fifteen minutes in a Sierra Madre swimming pool then back to the forest. Watch the video.
The former hurricane Norbert heading into Baja California is now a tropical storm with winds down around 50 miles an hour. Expect big swells to continue on our beaches.
Unlike the south-facing beaches, the sand at Santa Monica was relatively undisturbed by the high-wave action courtesy Hurricane Marie. But lifeguards were on high alert.
Hello, Hurricane Marie -- after a long, flat summer you brought big waves (and a circus) to the Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach today. The surfers of SoCal say "thank you."
So much water is missing that the tectonic plate on which the West sits is rising. And that's not the worst news.
This screen grab barely does justice to the beauty of the animated graphic. Click to enjoy.
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In case you missed it
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
Mountain FireThe view Friday afternoon from the NBC 4 news helicopter, posted to Twitter. "Almost looks like a volcano," says the tweet.
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.