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Where’s my El Niño?

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Greetings from the picnic table outside my house. Californians are supposed to be dealing with mudslides, rain and flooding right about now. Instead, warm weather records are toppling. Our observer Learka Bosnak was on her way to show a house in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz Monday; she[…]

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Is the range for bluebirds changing in the Rockies?

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An 1869 travel brochure called Colorado “the Switzerland of America,” but a little corner in the southwest of the state claims it’s the most deserving of that title. Ouray County is at the narrow head of a valley, with jutting, rocky mountains around three and a half sides. Observer Jorge Anchondo[…]

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Does it really rain more on the weekends?

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Robin White has a self-interest that makes him “acutely aware” of whether it rains in northern California’s Bay Area: he’s a landscaper. With a crew. “I want it to rain so that I can have the day off but my crew wants to work so that they can make money,”[…]

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Mosquitos in winter?

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During December, Eliot Walter noticed mosquitos in Lexington, Kentucky. Twice. Of course, it wasn’t just skeeters and the bites they bring: Lexington had flowers in bloom, and worms near the surface of the soil. “Weather or climate?” Walter asks. And, “This winter, I believe, is anomalous, but the trend is for[…]

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What’s behind a big acorn crop?

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When you can’t park your car under the oak tree because it’s in danger of getting bombarded by acorns, when rakes and snow shovels are pressed into service, gathering up a whole barrel’s worth, and when you can practically see the squirrels getting fatter from your kitchen window, you know[…]

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Where’s California’s Dungeness Crab?

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Dungeness Crab for Christmas is a San Francisco Bay Area tradition. In our family, cracked crab comes from Cook’s Seafood, a market in downtown Menlo Park. Christmas Eve as far back as I can remember, we have torn into a butcher-paper-wrapped pile of crab, piled it a half a foot high on platters,[…]

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