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
Snow! There are dustings, there are flurries and there are snowstorms. But for the Northeast U.S., there’s a blizzard ahead.
75 mph winds and 2-3 feet of snow in some areas could lead to the worst storm since 1978, expected to hit states from Pennsylvania through Maine starting Friday.
And for those whose exposure to the west coast sun has bleached their memory:
Snow (noun): Atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes or lying on the ground as a white layer.
When I was growing up in the San Fernando Valley — where it was more than 100 degrees yesterday — my family would take us to the mall or Fry’s Electronics to escape the heat. Now my favorite place to cool off is, well, work. Seriously. It’s so cold in the office I have to bring a sweater.
Where do you guys go when it’s hot?
The heat wave is expected to last through Saturday, with the highest temperatures likely from Thursday on. But the differences between Wednesday and the rest of the week may be slight.
… “It may be hotter later in the week but you’re not really going to be able to tell,” National Weather Service meterologist Rich Thompson said.
[I know this happens every year, but ARGH. —S.]
SoCalGas tests unusual solar air conditioner: Southern California Gas is testing an unusual solar energy system that produces electricity for its building and hot water for air-conditioning of its Energy Resource Center in Downey.
Photo credit: Southern California Gas Co.
Nov. 14, 1952: Vehicles stalled on Jefferson Boulevard, near the Hughes Aircraft plant, after a fast-moving storm hit Los Angeles.
Warm weather, lack of snow turning state’s ski season into a bust: Skiers and snowboarders who would normally head for the slopes at this time of year are instead visiting the beach.
Photo: Skiers and snowboarders ride through a man-made blizzard as cold daytime temperatures allowed snow making at Mammoth Mountain in January. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times
Strong Santa Anas are on the way: Forecasters expect another round of strong winds to hit the region as work crews try to restore power in hard-hit areas.
Photo: “Bless you all for being out here,” Sierra Madre resident Wendy Strong said to the Edison employees who were handing out flashlights, water and ice to those who still have no power. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times
Strong winds expected to return after brief reprieve Sunday:
The northeast winds across the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties are forecast to diminish gradually throughout Sunday morning. But strong winds are likely to gather again by late Sunday night and continue through Tuesday afternoon.
Photo: Downed power lines in Temple City on Saturday. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
Pasadena — Roger Farraj, co-owner of the Colorado Shell gas station, runs past a roof that collapsed during high winds.
Photo credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times