CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2013 |
A break in the heat is coming -- just not yet. As a high-pressure system remains settled over Southern California, residents should expect another day of record-setting high temperatures on Monday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Bruno, "Today is going to be very close to yesterday," when record-high temperatures baked Burbank and Lancaster, among other cities, Bruno said. Burbank's record of 103 degrees and Woodland Hills' 104-degree record could both be topped Monday, forecasters said.
April 30, 2013 |
By now, everybody knows what to expect from your standard-issue ho-hum water park: body and tube slide complexes with funnels and bowls, deluge-inducing water play towers for the little ones, undulating wave pools and relaxing lazy rivers. Photos: 20 best water parks in the world Pretty much everything you typically find at a Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, a Great Wolf Lodge resort or any Wet 'n Wild. The best water parks in the world, however, have been busy adding the latest cutting-edge attractions, such as magnetically propelled water coasters, inverted looping slides, stationary wave machines and interactive water games.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2013 |
If you're out of sunscreen, stock up. An unusual three-day heat wave due later this week has weather experts predicting temperatures in the Los Angeles area will be approaching 90 degrees. The searing heat is likely to have a prelude Wednesday, when a combination of high pressure and offshore winds should send temperatures into the upper 70s. That will be followed by three days when highs in downtown Los Angeles are expected to be well into the 80s, according to Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service.
March 14, 2013 |
If cities were stocks, you'd want to short Phoenix. Of course, it's an easy city to pick on. The nation's 13th-largest metropolitan area crams 4.3 million people into a low bowl in a hot desert, where horrific heat waves and windstorms visit it regularly. And it depends on an improbable infrastructure to suck water from the distant (and dwindling) Colorado River. If the Gulf Coast's Hurricane Katrina and the Eastern Seaboard's Superstorm Sandy previewed how coastal cities can expect to fare as seas rise and storms strengthen, Phoenix - which also stands squarely in the cross hairs of climate change - pulls back the curtain on the future of inland empires.
September 17, 2012 |
Should we write in the nude? That's what Robert McCrum at the Guardian asks. It can, he suggests, get the creativity flowing. Creating while naked is all the rage -- it is, isn't it, if Lady Gaga is doing it? According to an unnamed source in the U.K.'s the Sun , “Gaga has really taken to the idea of naked recording. She has been recording vocals while she's been completely starkers.” Why? “She thinks it makes her voice sound better.” Could being unclothed help all artists make better art?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2012 |
A fast-moving wildfire stoked by triple-digit temperatures burned 3,000 acres Tuesday in the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains, creeping perilously close to tinder-dry areas of the San Bernardino National Forest, officials said. At least four structures, including one home, were destroyed by the blaze, which spread rapidly through dry brush and grasslands in a sparsely populated area south of Hemet and east of Temecula. The fire, just 5% contained as of Tuesday evening, was spreading rapidly through the rocky hills and desert scrub, and was within a mile of forest lands west of Anza, where drought has heightened fire danger all summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2012 |
California's power grid was getting through its first major test of the summer amid a record-setting heat wave. But the continuing uncertainty over when the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant will reopen has officials concerned about the coming months. Officials had scrambled to put a system in place to provide energy during peak summer months without San Onofre, which typically supplies about 20% of the power for large swaths of Southern California. The plant has been offline for more than six months because of problems with newly replaced steam generators.
August 6, 2012 |
Exceedingly high summer temperatures, longer summers and related catastrophes, such as wildfire and drought, are poised to be the norm, and they are driven by climate change, according to a new research paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In an opinion article over the weekend in the Washington Post that previewed the findings , the paper's lead author, James E. Hansen wrote: “It is no longer enough to say that global warming will increase the likelihood of extreme weather and to repeat the caveat that no individual weather event can be directly linked to climate change.
July 16, 2012
Low rainfall and parched soil are likely indicators of an impending heat wave, especially in the Great Plains of the United States, according to a recent climate study. In a report published online Monday in the science journal PNAS, researchers reported a correlation between stretches of dry weather and an increased number of hot days during the warmest month of the year. The connection, which varies between continents, could one day help forecasters predict withering heat spells.
July 11, 2012 |
My, my, where does the time go. Where, where does it go go, does it go, my time, where does it go? America's minimalists, once bright young things rebelling against the tonal austerity of serialism via rhythmically complex but harmonically gentle loops, are now contemporary music's elder statesmen. Terry Riley turned 75 in 2010, Steve Reich in 2011, and the 2012 birthday boy is Phiip Glass. The chances of Fame and Fortune smiling upon you as a composer of classical music are, in the main, negligible.