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California’s Monarch Butterflies Critically Low for 2nd Year

SAN FRANCISCO — The western monarch butterfly population wintering along California's coast remains critically low for the second year in a row, a count by an environmental group released Thursday showed. “We had hoped that the western monarch population wo...
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With No El Nino, How Does California’s Winter Shape Up?

Back in August, blogger Nat Johnson declared the El Niño of 2019 "officially done." Johnson isn't just any blogger, either. His day job is with the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Listen to this article: https://d28jd3p91iwyr0.cloudfro...
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Yosemite to Remain Open for Skiing 2 Weeks Longer

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Yosemite National Park officials say parts of the park will remain open for skiing and snowshoeing two weeks longer than usual thanks to the abundance of snow. They say the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, including the Nordic Cente...
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Rain Brings 2nd California Super Bloom in 2 Years

BORREGO SPRINGS — It started with the desert lilies in December. Since then a wave of wildflower blooms has been crescendoing across Southern California's Anza-Borrego desert in a burst of color so vivid it can...
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Jobs Report: Wages Up, Unemployment Dips to 3.8%

WASHINGTON — Hiring tumbled in February, with U.S. employers adding just 20,000 jobs, the smallest monthly gain in nearly a year and a half. The slowdown in hiring, though, might have been depressed by harsh wi...
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US Just Sloshed Through the Wettest Winter on Record

WASHINGTON — Federal meteorologists say this winter was America’s wettest on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that from December to February, what it calls winter, the Lower 48 states got 9.01 inches of rain and snow, which i...