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January 26, 2014 | By Kim Christensen
Sunday's smattering of rain across several counties was little more than a tease for anyone hoping for relief from Southern California's drought - and the forecast isn't very promising. “We're getting a few light sprinkles up this way, but it will only amount to a few hundredths” of an inch, said David Sweet, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Oxnard. Rain, or at least traces of it, fell  in Santa Barbara, the San Fernando Valley, Malibu, the South Bay and Los Angeles International Airport, Sweet said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 | By Kim Christensen and Joseph Serna
With no help in sight from the weatherman, Muslim residents of the San Gabriel Valley will turn to a higher power Sunday afternoon during prayer services. The special prayers for rain, called Salatul Istisqa, will follow the early afternoon prayer, which begins at 1:15 p.m. at the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley, 19164 E. Walnut Dr. in Rowland Heights. People of all faiths are invited, according to the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic relations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
California's exceptionally dry winter is having a visible consequence: bad air. A high-pressure zone off the West Coast that has been warding off rain for months has worsened air pollution across California and the Southwest. The stagnant conditions have trapped fine particles close to the ground, leaving a buildup of sooty haze that poses a threat to people's health. To keep pollution levels down, air quality officials in California have issued an unprecedented number of no-burn alerts that ban wood fires in homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff and Fox 40, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Amid record dry conditions around California, more than 100 people with the Muslim Community of Folsom prayed for rain during an event at Folsom Lake Saturday. The event came as officials across California have been expressing concern about drought-like conditions. For example, downtown Los Angeles had the driest year since 1877, when official measurements began. And only a trace amount of rain has fallen since Jan. 1, according to the National Weather Service. The Northern California event came at Folsom Lake, which has been receding to new record levels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
This year is shaping up to be the driest in downtown Los Angeles since 1877. Only 3.60 inches have fallen at the  National Weather Service  station at USC since Jan. 1, about half an inch less than was recorded in 1953 and 1947, which until now had tied for the lowest rainfall. Climatologist Bill Patzert of  NASA's   Jet Propulsion Laboratory  in La Cañada Flintridge blames a long-lasting weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has issued an emergency order directing a Vernon battery recycler to clean up lead and other metals that have been deposited near the Exide Technologies plant. In a letter released Wednesday, the agency said dust and soil samples with metals in concentrations at or near hazardous waste levels have been found near the facility and must be cleaned up by Jan. 31. The order is urgent, the agency wrote, because winter rains could wash the metals into the Los Angeles River.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A chance of rain and thunderstorms are in store for Southern California as a cold weather system begins to move through the region. National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Forwood said there's a 60% chance of rain for Los Angeles County on Thursday, with showers most likely after sunrise, affecting morning commuters. The rain is expected to last through the early evening hours, he added. The weather system is expected to produce gusty winds in some parts of the county, prompting weather officials to issue wind advisories for the interior valleys and mountain areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Lee Romney
BIG SUR, Calif. -   A late-season wildfire in Big Sur that has burned 769 acres and 22 structures is expected to be fully contained later this week as crews are assisted by cooler temperatures and the chance of rain showers. The Pfeiffer fire, which seemed to roar out of nowhere shortly after midnight Monday, was 20% contained by Tuesday afternoon - up from 5% earlier in the morning - and full containment was expected by Friday, according to U.S. Forest Service incident commander Mark Nunez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Dianne de Guzman
Certainly photographer Rusty Colby isn't the first to photograph one of Los Angeles' beaches in the rain, but it seems a rarity in our neck of the woods. Not to say that it never rains in Southern California, but to circulate photos of such an occurence? As some tend to say, "It's not good for our rep. " To ignore the rain (and ensuing photos), however, is to ignore an altogether gorgeous type of photography. Colby took this shot on Venice Pier the morning of Dec. 7. "For all the raucousness of the Venice boardwalk, the pier is surprisingly peaceful at that hour of the morning," he wrote in an email.
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December 7, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Call it "Icepocalypse" or "Icemageddon" - a bout of wintry precipitation and bitter cold air has brought unusually icy weather to a large swath of the country. Subfreezing temperatures made Saturday the coldest Dec. 7 on record in much of the Great Plains and Tennessee Valley, said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. In two locations in Montana, temperatures plummeted to minus 42 degrees. The Eastern Seaboard, which had been mostly spared by the storm thus far, will see snow starting Sunday, with ice storms in the mid-Atlantic region.
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