National Weather Service

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    California Drought Solutions Explored at Aquarium of the Pacific Gathering TODAY

    Experts (including the subject of a recent Weekly cover story) gather at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach this afternoon to look at the California drought and possible ways to reduce water demand in our thirsty state.

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Uh-oh, Remember That Silverado Canyon Fire?

    Silverado Canyon residents are being advised to evacuate their homes in advance of heavy rains overnight that could cause flash flooding and debris flows over the scar left by September's 1,500 acre brush fire, according to Orange County fire authorities.

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    It's hot, Hot, HOT!!! in OC Through Sunday

    It is going to be hot, Hot, HOT this weekend, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). An "Urgent Heat Advisory" predicts temperatures nearing 100 degrees F a few miles inland of the Orange Coast Friday and Saturday. Some seven-day forecasts on the teevee claim it will be hotter some days i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Hurricane Marie-Whipped High Surf Pounds Balboa Pier But Occupants Don't Seem to Mind

    It's a mystery why anyone would want to line a pier or dine at the Ruby's at the end of it as hurricane-whipped surf pounds the wooden structure, but that's exactly what happened Wednesday at Balboa Pier in Newport Beach.

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    High Surf Coming But Not as High as It's Been

    High surf is predicted through the start of the weekend along the Orange County coast, but it won't be as high as it's been--like 25-foot sets at The Wedge--the past couple days.

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Hurricane Marie is Bringing High Surf, Mucho Traffic and Scant Parking: Update

    See the update at the end of this post on Newport Beach officials warning of high traffic and scant parking because of people flocking to the coast to see high waves, particularly at The Wedge. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 25, 11:06 A.M.: If you thought the surf that pounded Orange County beaches was trea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    I Don't Swim in Your Toilet But Dirty Runoff Keeps Ocean Best Avoided This Weekend

    No yellow tape closing beaches has gone up (yet?), but the Orange County Health Care Agency is advising divers, surfers and swimmers to stay out of coastal waters.That's because recent rains flushed contaminants via creeks, rivers and storm drains into the ocean, where unhealthy bacteria levels have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Wind Storm That's Pounded the Rest of Southern California Kicks Ups in OC

    ​Orange County seemed to be spared from the "once a decade type wind storm" that has toppled trees, overturned big rigs and knocked out power to 300,000 people in Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties overnight. But while the winds are dying down in those areas, they have started to k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week: Sign Collapses During High Winds!

    ​Taco Bell announced last week or so that it was cutting about 100 corporate jobs. They can make all the excuses I want, but I feel a fundamental change in the air, one akin to what took down El Torito: America is graduating from Cal-Mex to Mex-Mex. I'll, of course, TOTALLY wax poetic on the subje ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    [UPDATED With Body ID'd as Missing Swimmer's:] Joewayne Benford Disappears in Pounding Surf

    ​UPDATE, SEPT. 19, 2:30 P.M.: The coroner has confirmed a body found by a patrol boat Thursday at a Seal Beach jetty as that of Joewayne Benford. The 24-year-old Long Beach resident disappeared while body boarding with friends in strong rip currents off Seal Beach the evening of Aug. 31. Lifeguard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2011

    [BREAKING, PHOTOS:] Hail! Thunder! Freaky Weather Hits OC

    ​Thunder followed by what sounded like Buddy Rich pummeling cymbals at my side yard just woke me from my Saturday morning stupor.Looking out the back door of my Costa Mesa abode produced the sight of hail the size of, uh, really big balls of hail.Sorry, folks, not used to having to measure hail in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    [UPDATE: Newport Elementary & Beaches Closed, Small Waves in OC] No Tsunami Warning Issued For California As a Result of 8.8 Magnitude Japan Quake--Yet

    ​UPDATE, MARCH 11, 8:14 A.M.: Newport Elementary School has been closed.UPDATE, MARCH 11, 7:46 A.M.: Southern California is now under a tsunami advisory, rather than a warning. Waves could get as high as 7 feet up in the Central Coast, but should be more in the neighborhood of 2 feet on Orange Cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    OC On Flash Flood Watch, Snow Summit Closed Today

    ​Yes, Southern California, it's true. Water is falling from the sky in a crazy phenomenon called "rain."     Which means that stuff is getting wet and people are freaking out.  It's best to be very careful out there. This morning, the National Weather Service put Orange County ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Rain, Rain, Go Away! Oh, You're Back ...

    ​You know how lightning and thunderstorms slammed central and south Orange County this morning--including Westminster, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, Irvine and Costa Mesa? And how the National Weather Service issued a flood warning through 1 p.m., adding the rains would quickly lighten up and mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Al Gore, Please Pick Up the Newport Beach Courtesy Phone

    ​Those who come down with the sniffles whenever there are wide temperature fluctuations hopefully stayed out of Southern California the past couple weeks. On Sept. 27, a record was set for the hottest recorded day in 133 years. By Oct. 5, chilly rain blanketed the region. No where had a more radi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Powerful Waves Batter the Wedge, Egos

    ​A powerful storm in the southern hemisphere has produced huge waves slamming the Orange County coast. Nowhere is this more evident than the bodysurfing haven in Newport Beach known as The Wedge, where waves at least 12 feet tall were slamming today.Click here for Keith May's slideshow.Waves 15 fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Blue Whales Amass Off an Orange Coast

    ​Veteran whale watchers and sports-fishing operators report dense numbers of blue whales--the largest animals ever known to have existed--frolicking off the Southern California coast, from Santa Barbara to southern Orange County.Thank our unseasonably cold weather: chilly water favorable to the sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    You Weren't Imagining It: This July Was One of the Coldest

    ​If you feel like Orange County's June gloom only turned into July gloomier, you're right. The OC Register reported that, according to the National Weather Service, last July "was one of the coldest on record for coastal California." Fullerton's high temperature, for example, averaged around 79 de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    May Gray, June Gloom, July ... Oh, Why?

    ​Perhaps you noticed over the July 4 holiday that the "May Gray" that gave way to "June Gloom" still had not disappeared. Maybe that wetness in the driveway this morning--six days into sizzling season--had you freaked out, too.Fear not, Dallas Raines: the National Weather Service (NWS) confirms Or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Breaking: Tornado Warning Issued for OC and Long Beach

    UPDATED WITH TORNADO WARNING EXTENDING TO ORANGE COUNTY . . . ​ABC News reports the tornado warning previously issued for Long Beach and south-central Los Angeles County now includes the Orange County communities of Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Westminster, Garden Grove, Irvine, Fullerton, Costa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Obama Opens Up Government Data; You Figure Out What It Means To OC

    The tech press today is chatting about, the newly launched website from the federal government. It makes available raw data collected by government agencies as diverse as the National Weather Service to the FBI. I spent the last half-hour trying to find pull some OC-related nugget of knowle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Don't Fire Until You See the Reds of Their Flags

    NEWS ITEM: The National Weather Service announces today a red flag warning will be in effect the rest of the week in Southern California due to unseasonably warm weather increasing the danger of fire in the local mountains.. . . AND NOW THE REST OF THE STORY: Little Saigon protesters vehemently lash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2007

    Wednesday's Headlines. No Surprises: Disney wins

    More dirt on Debbie? Yesterday we noted that Debbie Carona was doing her darndest to wriggle her way out of a case that's mainly against her husband. Wait a second, missy. Today, Christine Hanley and Garrett Therolf at the Times report that the sheriff's wife urged Orange County Fair Board directors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2007

    Wednesday's Headlines & Surprises: A Real Saint in OC

    While Politicians Yap, Strickland Performs: The current issue of People celebrates Orange County’s Alena Strickland, 49, for taking in 112 foster children. Yes, 112. Even more impressive? According to the article, each child has had special needs such as autism, blindness and deafness. She doesn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines & Surprises: A Blue Flame For Republicanism!

    Cal-infernos Rage On: Residents at 248 Modjeska Canyon homes were evacuated in the middle of the night thanks to the arson fire that’s now burned a massive 15,000 acres in Orange County. Before sunrise the winds were relatively non-existent but the air was nasty with ash. Mail delivery folks were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2007

    Monday's Headlines & Surprises: Red Sky at Night

    As the sun rose this morning over Orange County, a huge plume of smoke near Irvine painted the horizon an eerie orange, blue, brown and gray. Renewed Santa Ana wind gusts up to 45 mph whistled through neighborhoods, blew trash cans down streets and slammed into palm trees seemingly ready to pop from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2007

    Sunday's Headlines & Surprises: Pipe Bomb Rocks Long Beach

    Bud Light No More, You Pick Again: My-Thuan Tran reports this morning that the “Starbucks generation” of Vietnamese Americans “couldn’t stand dingy” Little Saigon restaurants and is building “stylish and spotless . . . swank” restaurants in response. Bao Tran, 34, quit a job in insuran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2007

    Sunday's Headlines & Surprises: That Sneaky Chuck DeVore

    Doctor No: The public hospital crisis has placed nearly two dozen private hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange counties “in dire financial straits and in danger of bankruptcy or closure,” according to a depressing report in today’s Times. Reporters Daniel Costello and Susannah Rosenblatt found ... More >>

  • Film

    February 8, 2007

    You Are Like a Hurricane

    Local nature filmmaker fixed his lens on Louisiana wetlands. Then along came Katrina...

  • Film

    December 21, 2006

    A True Horror Classic

    When the Levees Broke

  • Features

    January 3, 2002

    Diary of a mad county

    Orange County, California: 2001

  • Columns

    November 15, 2001
  • Columns

    April 26, 2001