Science and Public Policy
A Mediterranean Climate
California has a Mediterranean climate, which makes it quite different from the rest of the United States. Read on to discover how these differences play out from day to day.
California earthquakes are caused by California's geography and geology. As part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the state is home to both volcanoes and fault lines which cause increased seismic activity.
Droughts are part of California's ecology. The science behind the headlines is ambivalent when understanding the state.
EL Nino Southern Oscillation
What is ENSO? What is El Nino? This article is a brief introduction to the weather pattern that helps to create California's cycle of drought and flood.
Heat Waves in Southern California
For most of the year, California is blessed with temperate weather, but heat waves can and do occur throughout the year. Vacations in California must be planned around that fact.
Santa Ana and Diablo Winds
December brings peppermint spice lattes, holiday music, and, in Southern California, heavy winds.
The Pineapple Express
The "river in the sky" keeps on churning....
The Seasons of California
This is the Golden State, people -- even the seasons are different!
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