California’s calamitous drought drags on
It’s dry in California - historically dry. Water is in short supply, the air is noticeably without moisture, farms are parched and just look at the photo above of the state’s dwindling snow cover. It pretty much speaks for itself.
Meanwhile, various interests are turning to the political realm to try and ensure they get theirs when it comes to H2O.
And the drought has been particularly harsh on agriculture:
Ranchers have begun liquidating herds. Growers are considering tearing out thirsty tree crops such as nut orchards and citrus groves. And tens of thousands of additional acres of prime California soil could go unplanted if farmers don’t get enough water to irrigate them.
Read more on the drought’s effect on California here.
Photos: David McNew / Getty Images, Frederic J. Brown / Associated Press, NOAA, Randall Benton / Los Angeles Times
Nothing like a polar vortex to spark an appreciation for L.A. weather
To our followers in the Midwest and out East, keep warm during these ridiculously cold times! And to the Californians, find out just what a polar vortex is, and why there’s such concern over the plunging temperatures, right here.
Photos: Evan Vucci, Gene J. Puskar, Bebeto Matthews, Tina Macintyre-Yee, Mark Duncan / Associated Press
The six-sided weather pattern currently sitting atop the planet’s north pole, which contains a gigantic hurricane - has been raging since 1981.
Appropriate, given the weather craziness out East, with impacts stretching all the way out to LAX travelers.
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Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread destruction in parts of the Philippines when it tore through on Friday. One of the hardest-hit areas was the city of Tacloban and its more than 220,000 residents. “Virtually all of the structures, if they were not made out of concrete or steel, are gone,” a top U.S. military commander said.
Photo Credit: Google and DigitalGlobe
GIF Credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR
These satellite images from Google and DigitalGlobe show how Tacloban and the Anibong district looked in February 2012 and then two days after Haiyan made landfall.
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Wow: Typhoon Haiyan overlaid on a map of the United States
Some perspective on the "national calamity" that has struck the Philippines, with a death of at least 10,000 people expected by officials. You can donate to help the victims of the catastrophic storm via the Red Cross here.
CORRECTION: Before this is shared any further, the New Republic’s Nate Cohn has corrected the Red Cross’ image, with some help from Bran Dougherty-Johnson. In the center are the Philippines, with Typhoon Haiyan in the lower right.
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The ravages of Hurricane Sandy, one year later
Just a year ago, the northeastern states were smashed by Superstorm Sandy, which caused a colossal amount of damage particularly in New Jersey and New York city. After more than $14 billion in federal support and countless hours spent cleaning up, significant progress has been made, but the job is far from over.
Above is a look at some areas hit hard by Sandy, and for more interactive before-and-after photos, you can head here.
Or, for a look back at the sheer scope of the damage Sandy left in its wake, check out Nation Now.
Photos: Mark Lennihan, Mel Evans, John Minchillo / Associated Press
California Mountain fire continues, about 6,0000 evacuated
A 22,800-acre wildfire is still tearing through areas near Idyllwild and Fern Valley, with firefighters able to contain just 15% of the blaze so far.
Authorities have ordered evacuations for residents in Idyllwild, Fern Valley and adjacent communities as the nearly 3,000 firefighters maintain their efforts.
Photos: Stuart Palley / EPA, Frank Bellino / Associated Press,
Brace yourselves for a weekend heat wave in SoCal
Sweltering temperatures that have hit many western states are making their way into Southern California this weekend, so don’t be surprised when thermometers continue hitting 100 degrees and beyond. In Death Valley, temperatures are expected to hit a ridiculous peak of 129 degrees.
Weather service officials say that the heat wave will last longer than anticipated, making cooling centers all the more important for those in need of air-conditioned facilities. You can find a map of all of the centers in L.A. County here.
Read more over at L.A. Now.
Photos: Matt York, Chris Carlson / Associated Press, Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images
Dry enough for you?
More than two-thirds of the U.S. is experiencing abnormally dry, if not outright drought conditions, with the situation becoming increasingly dire for western states. And the implications aren’t limited to an uptick in air conditioning.
From the National Drought Early Warning Outlook:
The 2012-2013 drought has serious implications for agriculture, navigation, recreation and municipal water supplies, costing the nation at least $35 billion in economic losses.
Photo: Greg Lindstrom / Longmont Times-Call
California Snow! Stretches of both California 58 and Interstate 5 have been shut down today after ice and snow coated the roads and made conditions hazardous for drivers.
Photos: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times
A winter storm is bearing down on Southern California today, with forecasters saying the snow level could drop as low as 1,500 feet.
It’s not likely to match another snow day in L.A.
Scene of snow in and around Los Angeles in 1945 and 1949. The 1949 storm even brought snow to the Hollywood Hills, as Coldwater Canyon and the L.A. Zoo both got a dusting of the white stuff.
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Fine art photographer Mitch Dobrowner: These photos may not be the most recent on Tumblr, but the moment they were rediscovered on our Framework blog, we knew we had to share them.
All of the photos above are from Dobrowner, who specializes in capturing the beauty of nature at its most intense moments.
“Landscapes are living ecosystems and environments. They have existed well before, and will hopefully be here way beyond the time we are here. When taking photographs, time and space seem hard for me to measure. Whenever I shoot a ‘quality’ image, I know it. At those moments things are quiet, seem simple again – and I obtain a respect and reverence for the world that is hard to communicate through words. For me these moments happen when the exterior environment and my interior world combine.”
Scenes from the snowy northeast: Residents across the region are prepping for a storm that may bring up to three feet in some areas. Though there’s yet to be significant accumulation, a storm of any power comes of particular concern for a part of the country still recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Photos: David Duprey / Associated Press; Kelvin Ma / Bloomberg; Spencer Platt / Bloomberg; NASA