• 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

    November 12, 2014

    An Inconvenient Thirst

    Looking out the large windows from Jay Famiglietti's corner office at UC Irvine on a sun-drenched late-spring day, you take in an inviting deep greenbelt and, just beyond that, the green, green grass of Aldrich Park. Contrast that with the view from the UCI hydrologist's new office at the NASA Jet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Santa Ana and Orange County Water District Talk Safe Water, Pollution, Drought TONIGHT

    The city of Santa Ana and Orange County Water District (OCWD) host a community meeting beginning at 6:30 tonight to address continued water reliability and quality in the wake of pollution and the state drought.

  • 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

    September 10, 2014

    Orange County's Great Drought of 1864

    Rain finally hit Southern California earlier this week--flash floods in the Inland Empire, downpours in Long Beach, 0.001 of an inch in Fullerton. It inspired reams of social-media snark in our parched region, bitter humor to make sense of a historic drought that has gone on for three years now with ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Columns

    October 31, 2013

    Take a Hike

    [Hey, You!] And leave your loud moped at home!

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Drought (and Ski Resort) Relief Coming to Cali?

    Falling rain may send one's thoughts to the upcoming ski and snowboard season. According to some national weather predictors, the coming winter may bring enough precipitation to replenish reservoirs and ease water shortages in California. Neat. But what about our slopes? Relief may be coming there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Desalination Versus Conservation, Who Wins?

    As California grapples with some of its driest weather on record, the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) continues to negotiate the purchase of desalted water from a yet-to-be built plant in Huntington Beach. It's a move that may provide the land of citrus with drought-proof H20- ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 2, 2012

    Black Lips


  • 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

    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

    May 27, 2011

    [UPDATED with Honor Roll Beaches:] OC Beaches Score Excellent Grades on Heal the Bay Report Card

    Photo by Chasen Marshall/OC Weekly​UPDATE, MAY 27, 4:49 P.M.: The original report on Orange County's excellent showing on Heal the Bay's Beach Report Card left off the beaches that made the 2010-11 Honor Roll, and for good reason: the link to that list was broken.The link has since been repaired, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2011

    Snow in Costa Mesa?

    ​Snow fell this weekend in San Francisco and it's being anticipated in the coastal foothills of Los Angeles--but could it really happen here in Costa Mesa?According to the the weather app on the iPhone? Sure. Maybe. Possibly. It's currently 50-degrees out there, which is something like 20-degrees ... More >>

  • Film

    February 4, 2011

    The Big Chill

    The mysterious world of mumble-noir in Cold Weather

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    The Inconvenient Truth Underlying Al Gore's Snowball Fight With Matt Drudge and Bill O'Reilly

    ​The killer snowstorms socking much of the country are providing pundits on the right all the ammunition they need to mow down poor ol' Al Gore. Mr. Inconvenient Truth was called out last week by Bill O'Reilly, who wanted to know, if global warming exists, "Why has southern New York turned into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Local Emergency Declared in Soggy OC

    ​Update, December 21, 10:59 a.m.: The county just announced that as a result of the local emergency proclamation issued due to the weather, two emergency shelters will now be open 24/7. They are the National Guard armories at 612 E. Warner Ave., Santa Ana, and 400 S. Brookhurst Rd., Fullerton. Cou ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 18, 2010

    Body Heat

    The Bay Theater

  • 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

    October 5, 2010

    Thank you, Global Warming: UCI-Led Study Shows Sea Levels Steadily Rising

    ​Frequent and extreme storms tied to global warming are causing more freshwater to flow into the Earth's oceans and sea levels to rise, concludes a team of researchers led by Jay Famiglietti, a UC Irvine Earth system science professor."All told, 18 percent more water fed into the world's oceans fr ... 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

    May 27, 2010

    Heal the Bay Releases 2010 Beach Report Card; First, the Good News for Orange County

    ​Heal the Bay, the 13,000-member strong clean water advocacy group that started 25 years ago to demand action on Santa Monica Bay pollution and now monitors the entire California coastline, released its annual Beach Report Card Wednesday.    There are some positive trends when it comes t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Now, the Bad News for Orange County in Annual Beach Report Card From Heal the Bay

    flickr user AndrewEick​As mentioned in the accompanying post on "good news" for Orange County in Heal the Bay's annual Beach Report Card, many OC beaches scored perfect A grades and, overall, our shoreline experienced its cleanest dry weather season in six years.But not everything smells like a r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    OC Fire: Here Come 'Da Floods

    ​The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is reminding residents that the best way to prevent flooding is to prepare before the rain starts falling.  Now they tell us!Dry as this is being typed, my backyard, residential street and busy boulevard one block over were flooded a few hours ago.If o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 20, 2009
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    January 15, 2009
  • 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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2008

    Octopus' Garden

    Ocean Friendly Gardening

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    FOX NEWS: Why New Mexico is so close

    Some googly-eyed, drooly-mouthed Fox News talking head just said that the reason why New Mexico is so tight between Obama and Clinton (as of 10:50 p.m.) is because parts of the state were hit with a snowstorm today, and that many of Hillary's Latino supporters couldn't claw their way out of the snow ... 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 22, 2007

    Fire Officials Seek Information on OC Arsonist

    The folks over at the Register are doing a fine job reporting on the massive Orange County arson fire that’s threatening to keep firefighters at work for another two days as winds approaching hurricane force continue to pound the region. Residents in Foothill Ranch are the latest to see their neig ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 1, 2007


    'Give us all a breakthe Mexican wetback has become the majority.'

  • News

    February 15, 2007

    An Inconvenient Slope

    Big Bears ski resorts are covered in snow despite a chronic lack of natural snowfall. So where are the crowds? Dont blame global warmingblame the media

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2006

    A Postmortem on the Heat Wave

    A story in this morning's New York Times on last month's heat wave makes for grim reading. According to the paper's examination of records, approximately 140 Californians died from the heat during the month of July, "a death toll unlike any the state had seen from high temperatures since 1955, state ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2006

    Can you hear me... Arrgghhh!

    Cell phones, as you know, can kill you. While there is still some controversy over whether your cell phone is capable of killing you slowly (e.g. brain tumors), there's no doubt about the cell phone's ability to facilitate a quick death (e.g. the idiot behind the wheel of a car whose phone conversio ... More >>

  • Film

    June 1, 2006

    Typhoon in a Teacup

    Asian action movies dont get much less significant than this one.

  • Columns

    September 1, 2005
  • Culture

    July 21, 2005

    Electric Blues

    Cole Gerst gets lit

  • Film

    June 3, 2004

    Theres Got to Be a Morning After

    The Day After Tomorrow

  • Columns

    March 27, 2003

    No Blood for Water!

    Drinking the water Dana Rohrabacher surfs in

  • News

    December 26, 2002

    A River Will Run Through It

    Orange officials okay plan to build homes in Santiago creek streambed

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    Return of the Native?

    Wish they all could be California plants

  • Columns

    March 15, 2001
  • Film

    December 14, 2000

    Snow Job

    The definition of softcore weather porn

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    Swamp Land in Orange

    How officials okayed a plan to turn flood land into hot real estate

  • News

    June 15, 2000

    When the Levee Broke

    How a boy reporter stopped a flood with a letter

  • Columns

    April 27, 2000
  • News

    November 4, 1999

    Crystal Method

    Irvine Co.s Crystal Cove project raises eco-disaster fears

  • News

    September 23, 1999

    A Sewer Runs Through It

    The life and death of the Santa Ana River

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