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KQED Public Media for Northern CA

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    One climate scientist postulates that the high pressure behind freakishly warm northern waters could put a flow restrictor on El Niño.

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    Fires already burning are defying conventional fire behavior. But wait for the next couple of months, when winds typically shift and hot, dry easterlies sweeping across the state could turn an already sizzling fire season into a blast furnace, exhausting crews and straining budgets. Cal Fire director Ken Pimlott talks with KQED Science Editor Craig Miller.

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    Japan has it. Mexico has it. But as KQED Science Editor Craig Miller reports, don't look for it anytime soon in California.

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    Turns out the West Coast has been getting a free pass on sea level rise. That's about to change.

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    Officials call it a "tremendous achievement," though freak July rains made things easier.

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    The fire season has been "a marathon, not a sprint," according to one top official -- and there are miles left to go.

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    Strengthening El Niño conditions have spawned an active Pacific hurricane season, one long tendril of which could have stoked flames in Lake County.

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    Drowned by a big dam project decades ago, a legendary stretch of the Stanislaus is back -- and so is the man who was willing to forfeit his life to save it.

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    A passel of state lawmakers spent the last couple of weeks Down Under, asking what drought measures could work here.

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    But regulators say California is still on track with its water conservation program, as cumulative water savings still exceed the governor's mandate.

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    Two D's and an F drag down California's drought performance, according to the "report card" issued by a major environmental group.

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    A French scientist suggests a new way of looking at rainbows and breaks them down into 12 different types.

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    Scientists are deploying new tools to measure how noise affects a wide array of ocean denizens, from whales to snapping shrimp.

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    2015 goes into the books as California's second-warmest year, topped only by 2014. Scientists say the warming trend will continue.

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    With a push from the president, prospects may be improving for updating the worn-out tools that support Antarctic research.

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    When it comes to El Niño, strength matters, but there's a lot more going on in the ocean and atmosphere.

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    At least we're getting closer. A new phone-driven citizen science project may be the first step.

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    Federal climate forecasters say there's an 80 percent chance that El Niño will flip to its opposite La Niña state by summer's end.

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    Savings rate falls for the sixth straight month, despite statewide regulations.

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    The Sierra will need one quarter of an entire season's snow -- just to reach average before the spring melt.

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