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Light showers do little to reduce Sonoma County rainfall deficit

The smidgen of rain falling from Sunday into Monday and another band of showers later in the week will have scant impact on Sonoma County’s rainfall deficit, and the long-range forecast calls for below normal precipitation statewide through April. “It’s not looking super-favorable at this point,” Brooke Bingaman, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said Sunday.… Keep Reading

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Atmospheric river storm heading toward California

SAN FRANCISCO — A potent atmospheric river barreled toward California on Tuesday, bringing the threat of downpours that could unleash destructive debris flows from wildfire burn scars as well as a heavy dump of snow from blizzard conditions in the Sierra Nevada. Evacuation orders were issued in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties around the… Keep Reading

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Spare the Air alert issued for start of Christmas week

A weather pattern that has trapped smoke from fire places above the Bay Area has prompted a Spare the Air alert for Monday. The alert, announced Sunday afternoon by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, is the first since Dec. 5, and it prohibits the operation of wood-burning fire places and stoves and even… Keep Reading

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Sonoma County braces for second night of strong winds

Sonoma County skirted catastrophic wildfire late Sunday during the first of back-to-back windstorms dealing hurricane-force gusts to ridgelines and strong, erratic blasts down into the valleys, toppling trees and starting about a half-dozen small fires.Roving crews of firefighters rushed to contain these blazes before they could spread on land primed to burn amid supremely dry… Keep Reading

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