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North Bay business owners reveal whether it’ll be a naughty or nice shopping season

in Business

Even though a national poll found 84% of small and medium retailers expect increased sales this holiday season compared to last year, North Bay businesses are not universally optimistic.

“I don’t know if retail business can ever go back to what it was,” said Hengameh Rafii, who for 35 years has owned The Holiday Shoppe in Sausalito. “Knock on wood, I may be one of the ones that is a little bit luckier than the average retail store because I’m specialized and the number of years I’ve been in business. I think those factors are beneficial, and our customer service.”

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Parts of North Bay Could See Couple More Inches of Rain Through Saturday

in Weather

Up to two more inches of rain could fall in Sonoma County during the next few days, adding to an already wet week. The National Weather Service says there is also a chance of isolated lightning strikes. Since the storm moved in on Tuesday, the most rain has fallen in the North Bay’s northwest and coastal regions. There is a 20-percent chance of thunderstorms mixed in with today’s intermittent rainfall. The final wave of the storm is expected to hit from tomorrow afternoon to early Saturday.

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Bay Area weather: Another big warmup coming to S.F. this week

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A mid-October warmup is coming to the Bay Area this week. After a cloudy Monday, temperatures will slowly climb through Thursday. High temperatures Wednesday and Thursday will be at least 15 degrees above normal, in the 80s in San Francisco and Oakland, and in the 90s in Santa Rosa, Livermore and San Jose.

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Cool temps headed to the North Bay. Here’s how far below normal they’ll be

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On the heels of this past weekend’s heat wave in which the North Bay’s prolonged highs topped out in the 90s, temperatures are now expected to plunge, triggering an early week shower in parts of the region, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologists predict a 70% chance Monday of rainfall that will deposit as much as one-tenth of an inch in the valleys, particularly in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, according to the area forecast discussion Sunday evening.

Areas such as Healdsburg, Cloverdale and Calistoga could see less than that amount. Bodega Bay, which could have spots of rain through Tuesday night, is expected to get at least ¼ of an inch.

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North Bay to heat up, dry out after weekend clouds, rain

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After a weekend of cloudy morning skies and scattered showers, which dropped up to ½ an inch of rain in localized spots, North Bay residents will experience drier conditions and a bit of a heat-up this week, according to the National Weather Service.

The weekend storms, which were initially expected to hit just east of the region, began overnight Friday and continued through the day on Saturday, said meteorologist Sean Miller, with the agency’s Monterey office.

Most areas got about one-tenth to one-hundredth of an inch of rain, but locally the afternoon storms dropped between one-fifth and ½ an inch, particularly in parts of Cloverdale, Napa and Healdsburg, according to the weather service.

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How Tropical Storm Hilary will impact Sonoma County

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North Bay residents on Monday will experience remnants of onetime Hurricane Hilary in the form of high humidity, potential isolated rain and thunderstorms, National Weather Service meteorologists said.

The storm, now weakened to a post-tropical cyclone as it makes it way through Nevada, made landfall in Southern California on Sunday and caused power outages, downed trees, school closures and mudslides.

The impact to the Bay Area is expected to be more subtle, with the exception of potential thunderstorms, said Matt Mehle, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Monterey office.

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Movies filmed in Sonoma County and the North Bay

in Entertainment

From Hollywood classics to low-budget darlings, Sonoma County and the North Bay have played backdrop to some of the most beloved movies of all time, including some movies that may surprise you.

Everybody knows that Alfred Hitchcock filmed “The Birds” in Bodega and Bodega Bay. But, 20 years earlier, the master of suspense was in Santa Rosa to film “Shadow of a Doubt,” reportedly his favorite of the more than 50 features he directed. The city’s historic McDonald neighborhood, downtown courthouse and train depot are featured prominently in the thriller.

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A massive kelp forest once anchored the North Bay’s marine ecosystem. Here’s how scientists are trying to bring it back

in Nature

Sometime in the next couple of weeks, scientists will wrap specially infused twine around PVC pipes, tie them to clay bricks and toss them into Drakes Bay.

The twine will be saturated with the reproductive cells of baby kelp, and the experiment, researchers hope, will help ensure the survival of a critical cornerstone of the entire North Coast marine ecosystem.

More than 90% of a once-abundant bull kelp forest, which towered from ocean floor to the surface, has disappeared from the Sonoma and Mendocino coasts over the last decade, thanks to environmental stressors and shifting ocean ecology.

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Mendocino, Point Reyes beaches named among the best ‘secret beaches’ in the United States

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Two North Bay beaches are among the best “secret beaches” in the United States, according to Family Destinations Guide.

Wildcat Beach in Point Reyes was ranked number eight, and Bowling Ball Beach in Mendocino was 22nd on the travel website’s list of “America’s Favorite 100 Secret Beaches.”

The ranking was based on a survey of 3,000 U.S. families asked where they would like to travel this summer.

The two beaches were among eight California beaches that made the list.

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Memorial Day weekend weather: Cloudy, warm-ish conditions expected in Sonoma County

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Sensible, cloudy weather will continue throughout Memorial Day weekend in the North Bay, weather experts said.

A trough of low pressure causing the marine layer to penetrate further inland means most days will remain cloudy across the North Bay until the afternoon, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Dalton Behringer.

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