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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Map Shows San Francisco Waterfront At Risk of Severe Flooding

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 9:51 AM

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We’ve known for a while that California is slowly sinking into the ocean, and, locally, we’ve heard a lot of speculation about what this means for San Francisco. One scenario, put forth by the Obama administration last year, has SFO’s runways potentially underwater by 2050. Another scenario, introduced last month, is that the bay could rise 16 to 55 inches by 2100, with torrential storms and “king tides” overwhelming infrastructure that’s not designed to withstand flooding. (And consider this your friendly reminder that climate change is really happening.)

Now, a major new report from the San Francisco Public Press offers one of the most comprehensive and alarming views yet of what the future could hold for our fair city. Namely: A waterfront that’s more water than land.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This Afternoon's Earthquake in San Jose Was Not the Big One We Were Promised

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 4:57 PM

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A magnitude 3.3 earthquake rattle San Jose this afternoon. As Kron 4 reports, the quake happened at 4:07 p.m. along the Calaveras fault. It was centered 11 miles east of San Jose. 

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Bay Area to See Triple Digit Temps Next Week

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 11:55 AM

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Breaking news, ya’all. After a week of mild seasonal temps around the Bay, a blast of heat is about to bring a taste of good, ol' fashioned American summer to our godforsaken progressive corner of the world.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Photos Capture Eerie Scenes as Huge Wildfire Rages Near Lake Berryessa

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 11:58 AM

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A massive wildfire is rampaging through Napa and Solano Counties, just south of Lake Berryessa. According to the Chronicle, the conflagration has already charred 6,000 acres since yesterday. Early this morning, breezy conditions fanned the flames even further, bringing out about 500 firefighters who are now struggling to contain the blaze and save some 200 structures. One house already burned.

The Chronicle reports that the communities of Quali Ridge and Golden Bear are under mandatory evacuation orders, and Highway 128 remains shut down. While fire investigators initially attributed the blaze to a vehicle that caught on fire after a collision, they now say the cause is still being looked into. Drought conditions and gusty winds made a perfect tinderbox for the inferno to spread.

Those near Lake Berryessa have taken to Instagram to share eerie (sometimes almost apocalyptic-looking) photos of the wildfire: 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

4.0 Quake and 12 Aftershocks Rattle Fremont This Morning

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 9:36 AM

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The 4.0 magnitude earthquake that rattled Fremont early this morning was the first activity along the Hayward Fault since 1868, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake, which lasted about five seconds, was felt in more than 250 zip codes, including places as far south as Santa Cruz. Twelve aftershocks were also felt (with more possible). Luckily, no injuries or damage have been reported.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

San Francisco Is Really Unprepared for Climate Change

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 10:38 AM

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“A slow-moving emergency” is how state assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) describes the threat of rising seas in the Bay Area. According to Inside Bay Area, Gordon authored California’s first report on climate-related flooding, and his findings reveal a region woefully unprepared to manage water damage.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Local Umbrella Can't Handle a Little S.F. Wind and Rain, Says "Screw It"

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 2:09 PM

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  • Coach umbrella reportedly "too good" for S.F. rainstorm

Much-needed rain is always a good thing, unless of course your always-reliable umbrella punks out on you mid rainstorm. 

But alas, San Franciscans — and their umbrellas — are never skilled at tolerating "extreme" weather. And we are using the phrase "extreme weather" very liberally. 

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Get Ready San Francisco: Huge Rainstorm Headed Here Tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 11:19 AM

And just when you were getting adjusted to the amazing January weather. 

The National Weather Service says that the warm, dry weather is coming to an end starting tomorrow when block of high pressure breaks, creating a weekend-long downpour. 

You can expect up three inches of rain in San Francisco and as much as 10 inches in the Sonoma region, according to the NWS

And it's not just going to be rainy, it will be damn windy, too, with gusts exceeding 50 mph along the coast. 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Watch Out Swimmers: Insanely Powerful Waves to Hit the Bay Area This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 7:53 AM

Even the best of swimmers need to be mindful of Mother Nature this weekend, as she's planning to sweep the area with fast, strong, and high waves along the coast. 

She'll manipulate you, drawing you to the beach with the warm temperatures expected this weekend. But once you're there, watch out. The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf advisory, warning of waves that will grow to 20-plus feet and be strong enough to snap a surf board in half.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

60 MPH Winds to Blow Through the Bay Area Today

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 10:29 AM

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So don't bother fixing your hair today — the wind will do as it pleases with it. 

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for all Bay Area denizens, warning that incredibly strong winds will hit the region in the next hour and knock things (and people) around until New Year's Eve. Most of the region will see gusts of up to 45 mph, but the higher elevations (East Bay Hills) could see winds peak at 60 mph. 

That along with "freezing temperatures" at night and patchy frost near the ocean neighborhoods are all good enough reasons to stay indoors for the next few days and drink hot chocolate. 

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