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March 13, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
With the first hint of spring sunshine last month, shoppers began emerging from hibernation, fueling hopes that a particularly bitter winter was to blame for the sour economic signals of recent months. Retail sales rose 0.3% to $427.2 billion in February from the previous month, marking the first increase in the gauge since November, according to the Commerce Department. The measure is considered a key indicator of economic health because consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of economic activity.
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March 11, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Strong, gusty winds and low humidity prompted forecasters to issue a high-fire-danger alert for most of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Tuesday will bring a period of “high fire weather concern,” according to the National Weather Service. Winds with gusts of up to 50 mph were expected in parts of Southern California starting Tuesday morning and were forecast to last until early evening, forecasters said. The winds have the potential to bring “extreme fire behavior” if a fire is started, according to the weather service.
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March 6, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
U.S. government forecasters say odds are increasing that El Niño, an ocean-warming pattern that alters weather across the globe, will develop later this year. Conditions in the eastern tropical Pacific have shifted enough that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday activated its alert system to issue an official El Niño watch. The alert means that meteorologists now believe El Niño, a natural cycle that occurs every two to seven years, has a more than a 50% chance of forming by the summer or fall.
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March 6, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center activated its alert system Thursday to issue an El Niño watch. The alert means that conditions in the eastern tropical Pacific are favorable enough that El Niño has a more than a 50% chance of forming by the summer or fall. Though it's too early to predict with much confidence, if El Niño re-emerges it could produce wetter weather in the southern United States next winter, bring more rain to California, temper the Atlantic hurricane season and push up global temperatures in 2015, experts say. The El Niño cycle begins every two to seven years when weak trade winds in the Pacific allow warmer water to build up along the west coast of South America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Strong winds and high surf could churn up hazardous conditions in parts of Southern California on Thursday and Friday, forecasters say. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory late Wednesday for strong winds with gusts up to 50 mph in Los Angeles and Ventura County mountains, the Interstate 5 corridor, the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara County coast through at least Friday morning. Some of the fiercest winds are expected in the Antelope Valley, where they could down trees or cause power outages, according to forecasters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Hailey Branson-Potts
The latest round of the most powerful winter storm to hit Southern California in two years will bring periods of heavy rain, thunderstorms, some hail, damaging winds and even the possibility of waterspouts and weak tornadoes on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Coastal and valley areas could get up to 1½ inches of rain, while mountain areas could see double that. The snow level is hovering at about 6,000 feet. Early Saturday morning, the weather service issued a tornado warning for parts of L.A. County.
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February 28, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Ruben Vives
The bigger, badder of two rainstorms that weather forecasters had predicted arrived on schedule late Thursday, drenching a very parched California while causing a slew of hazards along the way. The system is forecast to hover over California through at least Saturday, dumping several inches in some regions - including Los Angeles - before it leaves. Already, Van Nuys had measured nearly two inches of rain in just six hours Friday, with weather forecasters warning of another wave expected to hit the area in the afternoon.
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February 26, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- It was a wild and woolly day on the runways at Paris Fashion Week Wednesday. At the Gareth Pugh show, some of the models had wind-up keys on their backs, which made them look like fashion dolls. And others wore clear plasticky trash bag gowns, which invited unfortunate comparisons to a "Project Runway" challenge gone wrong. Then there were the hats so tall, they gave Pharrell Williams' Grammys-night Vivienne Westwood number a run for its money. And yet, there seemed to be method to Pugh's runway madness.
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February 25, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
For a region that has hardly seen a drop of rain this winter, it can seem like anything more than a sprinkle is considered a downpour. So when weather forecasters started warning that two storms headed to the Southland could produce the most significant rain the region has seen in two years, residents have reacted with a range of disbelief, eager anticipation and the sort of fear that grips every L.A. commuter who knows even a sprinkle can...
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February 25, 2014 | By Hector Becerra, Ari Bloomekatz and Ruben Vives
It's poor form to complain about rain, even a whole lot of it, when you really need it. So Southern California will just have to grin and bear it beginning Wednesday night when the first of two major storms move into the region. The storms are expected to deliver the largest rainfall since the spring of 2011. It comes as Southern California and most of the state struggles through a historically dry stretch. Last year was the driest calendar year in L.A.'s recorded history. Since the beginning of the rain year in July, only 1.2 inches of rain have fallen in downtown L.A. Now it's going to rain -- a lot -- with possibly more than four inches pouring down in some valley and foothill areas as a result of the second storm.
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