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January 6, 2007 | Robert Lee Hotz, Times Staff Writer
The cherry blossoms are blooming in Brooklyn by the thousands; daffodils are budding in the Bronx; and in Central Park, toddlers have yet to see a single snowflake this winter, the first time in more than a century that the city's most celebrated sledding slopes have been snow-free so long into the season. Throughout the region, winter seems in full retreat. Temperatures have been running 6 degrees above normal for at least a month, federal weather experts said.
December 15, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
Southern California's fickle weather has done it again. Earlier this week, the predictions were for inclement weather that could drop as much as two inches of rain on the region, giving it a much-needed soaking. But experts from the National Weather Service now predict that this weekend's expected rain will be no heavier than the moderate precipitation that fell last week. "Everybody was pretty excited," said Dessa Emch of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. "Now, we're bummed."
July 4, 2006 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
Just a thousand feet offshore from this beachside town lies what should be a wondrous underwater world of color and activity, a realm of angelfish, gobies and other aquatic beauties darting among sun-dappled reefs. But instead of a diver's delight, the area is an ecologist's lament.
December 19, 2005 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
Friday night, Peter Schickele took a break from presenting the inexcusable music of the ne'er-do-well P.D.Q. Bach at the Walt Disney Concert Hall to point out an oversight by The Times. I'm not sure how it happened, but we neglected to list a performance of an important John Adams opera. You know, it's the one about the 37th president who visits a famous porcelain factory that makes dinnerware with portraits of presidents.
October 3, 2005 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
Not many farmers wear a wetsuit to work. But Tom Ford isn't running your average farm. Instead of a tractor he drives a motorboat. And rather than chase away insects and rodents, he fights off prickly sea urchins.
March 15, 2005
The 2004-05 rainy season, already the third wettest on record, has the potential to top the mark set more than a century ago. Since meteorologists began recording tallies in the 1870s, Los Angeles has experienced seven seasons with more than 30 inches of rain. In most cases, strong El Nino conditions have been responsible for heavier rainfall. This year's El Nino has been weak and is apparently ending.
January 30, 2005
There's a fundamental reason why houses of the future usually don't work: The visionaries don't live in the real world ("The House of Today, Tomorrow," by Nancy Rommelmann, Style, Jan. 9). For example, they are imagining a house without keys or knobs. Or they imagine window-less walls that are controlled by computers to become translucent, a giant TV, etc. That's fine, but what happens when El Nino or an earthquake hit in the future and cause a sustained power outage? How would you open cabinets or doors to access your emergency supplies?
October 12, 2004 | Charles Duhigg
Skiers, surfers and rafters take heart: Scientists say this winter will bring more snow, rain and bigger waves than the last few years. "It should be a good ski season, particularly in late winter," says Wayne Higgins, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist. A mild El Nino weather pattern building in the equatorial Pacific Ocean could shove warm water north from Central America, scientists say. Extra rain often results when warm water collides with cold fronts.
May 9, 2003 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Sometime this afternoon, a tiny stretch of Camino Capistrano will reopen. And in a used-car lot a few hundred yards north, Ron Shearer and Dave Velton will be rejoicing. It's been more than five years since El Nino rains closed the two-lane link between Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano; more than five years since the Capistrano Car Co. has had a customer cruise in from the south.
March 15, 2003 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
John Adams' "El Nino" recounts the Nativity story in texts old and new, many by Spanish female poets. It is a rapt, enchanting, profoundly moving oratorio that venerates the miracle of birth. A millennial work, it proved the perfect hopeful symbol of a new age dawning when it had its premiere in Paris at the end of 1999. In Paris, Peter Sellars staged "El Nino" as an opera, and he compromised his vision only slightly a month later for the American premiere by the San Francisco Symphony.
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