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SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It took nearly 10 hours to complete the Daytona 500 on Sunday and for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to complete his 10-year bid to return to Daytona's Victory Lane. Earnhardt held off Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski on a restart with two laps left to win NASCAR's most prestigious race, and the Sprint Cup Series' season opener, for the second time. "I cannot believe this," Earnhardt screamed over his car radio after crossing the finish line at 11:25 p.m. EST after a 61/2-hour rain delay at Daytona International Speedway.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
First comes the tease, with about .10 of an inch of rain predicted Wednesday night. Don't get too excited, though, because Thursday will be dry. But on Friday afternoon, if National Weather Service projections hold, comes the possibility of real rain in Southern California. As much as one to two inches of rain is expected on the coast and in the valleys, and double that in the mountains before it ends with showers on Saturday. This Pacific storm will hit most of the state and bring much-needed snow to the Sierra, said Joe Firard, a meteorologist with the weather service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2014 | By Angel Jennings and Bettina Boxall
A deep marine layer that has settled over parts of Southern California is producing some drizzle and a lot of gloom, but no measurable rain for the drought-stricken region, forecasters said Sunday. The moisture layer "is giving us conditions reminiscent of May and June, when we have May gray and June gloom," said Ryan Kittle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. For some parts of the Southland, the cloudy conditions have brought some rain showers. San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties has seen some "legitimate rain," that produced about a quarter-inch of rain in some areas, Kittle said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A winter storm that was only expected to slightly dampen the L.A. Basin pelted the Bay Area on Thursday, causing minor flooding and traffic woes for commuters. A flood watch was also issued for Monterey, Santa Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties as the storm system moved across California, creating the potential for heavy rainfall to cause small creeks and streams to breach their banks. Excess runoff could also create "ponding" in urban areas, the National Weather Service said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Close to a quarter of an inch of rain fell across the Los Angeles area Thursday as a low-pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska moved over the area, forecasters said. Avalon on Santa Catalina Island recorded almost a half-inch of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Eagle Rock and Canoga Park recorded 0.23 of an inch of rain. About an inch of snow was reported in Frazier Park near the Los Angeles and Kern County border. More snow could fall during the night. The storm was good for short-term relief but did not drop enough rain to help drought-stricken areas in Southern California, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the Weather Service's Oxnard office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A weather system that brought light overnight showers to the Southland will clear out Monday, leaving partly cloudy skies and below normal temperatures for much of the week, forecasters say. Rainfall totals for the L.A. region were minimal, with downtown registering just 0.14 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Woodland Hills saw just 0.04 inches. The drop in temperatures, though, has been more dramatic, with snow levels dropping to 4,000 feet. As the weather system clears out, forecasters said daytime temperatures for the week will remain a few degrees below normal in the low- to mid-60s.
SCIENCE
January 31, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Magellanic penguin chicks in Argentina have a new killer to fear -- death by climate change. The downy chicks were already vulnerable to predation and starvation in the first few weeks of their lives, but now they are threatened by increasing rainstorms caused by changing weather patterns. "Climate change is a new mortality factor," said Dee Boersma, a conservation biologist at the University of Washington. "It didn't use to kill these penguins and now it does. " Boersma and her team have been studying penguins  for 28 years at Punta Tombo on the Atlantic side of Argentina -- home of the largest Magellanic penguin colony in the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The light showers that teased parched Southern California overnight should taper off Friday morning, but more rain could still be in store this weekend, forecasters said. There may still be some light rain Friday morning  -- and then again Sunday into Monday -- but the weather system "looks like a fairly light event again, less than a quarter-inch," said meteorologist Curt Kaplan with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Any possibility of rain Friday night is "nothing to really write home about," he added.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
More than a quarter of an inch of rain was reported in the San Gabriel Mountains as moderate to scant traces of precipitation were recorded Thursday night across the Los Angeles area. Shortly after 9 p.m., 0.31 of an inch of rain had fallen at Morris Dam above Azusa in the San Gabriel Mountains, according to the National Weather Service. At the nearby San Gabriel Dam, 0.12 of an inch of rain had been reported. At the Hollywood Reservoir, 0.04 of an inch of rain had fallen. At Lake Piru in Ventura County, 0.04 of an inch was reported, the Weather Service said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Unseasonably warm and dry weather is expected to give way to cooler temperatures and a slight chance of light rain overnight Thursday and into Friday, forecasters say. This week's warmer-than-average weather is expected to be replaced by temperatures in the lower to mid-60s starting Thursday as a low-pressure system moves in, bringing with it cloudy skies and that chance of long-absent rain. Patchy drizzle is possible in some areas in the morning, building to a 20% chance of rain at night, according to the National Weather Service.
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