Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

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A team of NOAA scientists rides the Pineapple Express

Crew member Peter Siegel collects scientific data on a mission over the Pacific Ocean and the Northern California coast on Thursday. RANDALL BENTON/Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

A team of scientists on Thursday flew four aircraft into the torrent of an atmospheric river storm headed toward California. The research ship navigated the Pacific Ocean in a coordinated effort to detect interactions between the atmosphere and the water surface that fuel these storms. The research effort is one of the most intensive projects ever undertaken to study atmospheric rivers.

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A patch emerges from the drought, experts say

Los Angeles Times

After years of historically low rain totals and record-setting temperatures, California’s drought situation is looking … less awful. The latest evidence of this is a patch of southeastern California near Lake Havasu and the Colorado River. But if you want to see it on a map, you'd better take out a magnifying glass.

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Valley water officials tackle new groundwater law

Modesto Bee

Water officials agreed Thursday that carrying out California's new groundwater law will be a challenge, but it's better than the alternative — letting the state impose the rules. Experts met to talk about how to document what's happening in aquifers and to ensure they are reliable sources for farms and cities well into the future.

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