CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2013 |
GROVELAND, Calif. - As autumn turns to winter and rain falls over the charred landscape left behind by the Rim fire, forest rangers and emergency planners have a new worry: water. Over 90% of the blaze burned in the Tuolumne River watershed, where more than 2,600 miles of streams cut through steep, now-burned slopes of the Sierra Nevada. Those mountains are primed for flooding and debris flows in a big storm. The 410-square-mile blaze - California's third-largest on record - ignited on Aug. 17 in the Stanislaus National Forest and burned into the northwest part of Yosemite National Park.
November 2, 2013 |
The intense dust that blew through a stretch of highway, killing three people and injuring others Tuesday, is nothing new for the residents of a southern Arizona town between Tucson and Phoenix. Every couple years a dense ribbon of dust - roughly a quarter-mile high and 20 to 30 miles long - causes a wreck along the same stretch of highway, near the town of Picacho, said Ken Waters, a warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Phoenix. Edward Bruce Martan, 63, was born and raised in this town and said he can almost sense when a ribbon is about to hit. "You can feel it," he said.
November 1, 2013 |
A deadly Halloween storm that caused flooding in central Texas is also blamed for a Kansas school bus crash and heavy winds across the South and Midwest and was moving East on Friday, causing flight delays and power outages. Up to 13 inches fell on about a 100-mile section of central Texas around Austin , raising rivers and creeks, flooding roadways and, in the Onion Creek area of the state's capital, prompting the evacuation of about 1,100 homes, according to emergency management officials.
October 31, 2013 |
As a fierce storm with heavy rains that already flooded parts of central Texas barreled to the northeast Thursday, prompting some cities to put Halloween trick-or-treating on hold until the severe weather blows away. Thursday, heavy rain across central Texas regions, including Austin, caused flooding and led to fire department rescues. The storm is expected to reach much of the South, Midwest and Northeast, the National Weather Service said. In Madison, Ind., trick-or-treating was postponed until Friday night, when the weather should be better.
October 30, 2013 |
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A dense dust storm blowing in an area known for severe, blinding gusts sparked a chain-reaction pile-up crash, killing three people, sending 12 others to nearby hospitals and shutting down a portion of an Arizona highway for hours. The 19-vehicle crash occurred on Interstate 10, near Picacho Peak between Tucson and Phoenix. The collisions left at least four passenger vehicles wedged between semi-trucks, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 |
A cold storm brought scattered showers across the Los Angeles area Monday evening and a dusting of snow at higher mountain elevations, the National Weather Service said. A winter weather advisory was issued until 11 a.m. Tuesday for mountain areas above 5,500 feet in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the Weather Service said. The agency said snow was beginning to accumulate Monday evening at the 6,100-foot level in Wrightwood. Scattered showers were reported across the San Gabriel Mountains, where snow was falling Monday night above 8,000 feet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 |
Temperatures across Southern California are expected to drop sharply Monday as a storm brings gusty winds, rain showers and snow at higher elevations, forecasters said. Foothill communities near the San Gabriel Valley area will likely see the steadiest rainfall, with up to an inch possible, said Andrew Rorke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Most of the region, though, will see only “hit-or-miss” showers under mostly cloudy skies, he said. “It's going to spritz on you a couple of times,” Rorke said.
October 25, 2013 |
For months it was a matter of intense speculation: Who would President Obama nominate to chair the Federal Reserve? Now that he has named Janet Yellen, currently the Fed's vice chair and an exceptionally well-qualified candidate, maybe we can move on to discussing a more important issue: the challenges facing the nation's central bank. After having taken extraordinary steps to support the economy since the financial crisis hit in 2008, the Fed must now engineer a return to more normal policies, and that could prove quite difficult.
October 23, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - The Pacific coast of Mexico, still smarting from the battering it took from a tropical storm last month, appears to have dodged another assault as a powerful storm moved away from the coast early Wednesday. Conagua, the Mexican water commission, announced that the storm, formerly known as Hurricane Raymond, had been reclassified as a tropical storm. It was about 155 miles southwest of the resort city of Zihuatanejo Wednesday morning, and was moving west-southwest away from the coast at a clip of about 8 mph. In the state of Guerrero - home to both Zihuatanejo and Acapulco - officials were particularly relieved.
October 14, 2013 |
NEW YORK --The clock is ticking for a potential U.S. default, but financial markets remained relatively calm despite Washington's failure to raise the country's borrowing limit. Stocks fell modestly in early trading on Monday, after congressional leaders and President Obama failed to end their stalemate over federal spending and the healthcare overhaul. Monday is Columbus Day, however, and bond markets are closed. But as Thursday's deadline to increase the nation's so-called debt ceiling approaches, markets could become increasingly volatile, especially if Washington shows no signs of ending its brinkmanship.