November 30, 2012 |
May gray. June gloom. Even fog in August, some wags call "Faugest. " It turns out that the summertime bane of Southern California beachgoers provides a lifeline for the relic forest of bishop pines on two of the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara. It's not just that the ground-hugging clouds shade these trees from soil-parching sun. The needles of these pine trees rake the fog, collecting droplets of water that fall to the forest floor. That moisture feeds to soil microbes that release nutrients and allow the trees to grow longer during the dry season, according to a study published in Global Change Biology . Thousands of years ago, when the climate was cooler and wetter, the bishop pines proliferated throughout Southern California and even into Mexico, scientists believe.
February 17, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- U.S. snowboarder Nate Holland had one inspection run on a foggy day in the mountains with limited visibility on the Olympic course. He got busy trying to think how he would handle it if the competition went forward on Monday. “When I first inspected the course, you think what you're going to do off these features and you can't see anything," Holland said. "You'd have to ride by braille. "I've studied this course and I was confident I'd be able to make it down it. But there's that screwiness factor that [having]
November 20, 2012
Some Republicans aren't giving up on the claim Mitt Romney floated in the second presidential debate: that the Obama administration, for political reasons, downplayed the possibility that the deadly attack on a U.S. facility in Libya in September was a well-planned terrorist operation. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has suggested that Susan Rice, the U.S. representative to the United Nations, is "not qualified" to serve as secretary of State because, in television interviews five days after the attack, she said that "the best assessment we have today" is that the attack in Benghazi began as a spontaneous response to earlier protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo related to the video "Innocence of Muslims.
January 31, 2013 |
ABOARD THE PRAYAGRAJ EXPRESS, India - We're late. Very late. A nine-hour overnight train trip has turned into 16, and we're still miles from nowhere. It's winter in northern India and that means fog, great gobs of the stuff wreathing the land, causing shapes to appear out of the mist before slinking back into the void. Trains slow to a crawl. Airports come to a standstill. You're thinking: Cue the apoplectic passengers, minds racing to reconfigure digital calendars, a flurry of calls, texts, the jitter of tapping feet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1989 |
A test of an unarmed U.S. cruise missile over Alberta was canceled Tuesday after fog enveloped an Alaskan air force base, Canadian military officials said. Tanker airplanes that refuel the U.S. B-52 bomber carrying the missile were unable to take off from the base, the officials said.
July 11, 1991
Santa Monica's decision to proceed with an invisible fireworks display in the predawn fog on July 4 confirms its reputation for being a unique--some would say flaky--municipality. Perhaps the local authorities were concerned that cancellation of this costly, but totally unobservable, display might adversely impact their budget request for a similar spectacular next year. Of course, lost sea gulls and passengers in low-flying aircraft might have derived momentary enjoyment from any pyrotechnics that might have penetrated the fog bank.