Friday, March 2, 2018

Blizzard of '18

Bay Area soaked, storm buries Tahoe in deep powder; NWS warning for Sierra: 'A short walk could be deadly'

Biggest storm of 2018. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

S.F. Chronicle

Mercury News & San Francisco Chronicle

March roared in with an epic snowstorm Thursday over the Sierra, a blizzard that packed hurricane-force wind gusts and white-out conditions, shutting down ski resorts and Interstate 80. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning, saying, "Even a short walk could be deadly in these conditions." The powerful storm also delivered a soaking to the Bay Area, as San Francisco saw more precipitation in the first nine hours of March than all of last month.


Why atmospheric rivers are a blessing and a curse

KPCC Pasadena

The storm currently hitting Southern California is the second this week, but it's far different than its predecessor. It's what's known as an atmospheric river, which can dump significant rainfall in a short period of time. One was responsible for the mudslides in Montecito in January that were triggered by a half inch of rain within five minutes. But as destructive as they can be, California also relies on atmospheric rivers for much of its water supply.


Lawsuit alleges failure to contain Tijuana sewage

Los Angeles Times & KPBS San Diego

The cities of Imperial Beach and Chula Vista, as well as the Port of San Diego, are filing a lawsuit today to force the federal government to plug up the millions of gallons of sewage and polluted water that routinely stream over the border from Tijuana into the San Diego region. The suit focuses on violations of the Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.