By Paul Rogers | [email protected] and Mark Gomez | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: February 21, 2019 at 7:11 am | UPDATED: February 21, 2019 at 4:08 pm One week after an atmospheric river storm pounded Northern California, causing flooding, mudslides and traffic headaches, another one appears to be forming in the Pacific and is set to arrive early next week. Computer models show the storm hitting Monday or Tuesday, with the North Bay and parts of California farther north taking the brunt, although that could change, experts say. “It is an atmospheric river,” said Marty Ralph, director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes at UC San Diego. “It looks to be weak or moderate in terms of its intensity, although it might be long-lasting and could stall. It’s still three or four days out, so things could change.” Ralph, one of the nation’s top experts on atmospheric river storms, helped develop a … [Read more...] about Bay Area forecast: ‘Atmospheric river’ storm may hit region next week
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By Paul Rogers | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: February 8, 2019 at 12:26 pm | UPDATED: February 9, 2019 at 5:39 am Computer models are showing a growing likelihood of an atmospheric river storm hitting California late next week, raising concerns that if a warm “Pineapple Express” barrels in with enough force, it could melt parts of the state’s big Sierra Nevada snow pack and increase flood risk. Atmospheric scientists and meteorologists say more will be known in a few days. The storm could still fizzle the way hurricanes that develop far out in the Atlantic Ocean sometimes fail to materialize or make landfall. But for now, they say, a large wet storm seems to be coming together and is most likely to hit Central or Southern California. Some models are showing a shift toward the north. “It looks a batten-down-the-hatches kind of storm right now,” said Marty Ralph, director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes at UC San Diego. … [Read more...] about Atmospheric river possible next week for California, raising flood concerns
By CALmatters PUBLISHED: February 1, 2019 at 6:46 am | UPDATED: February 1, 2019 at 6:46 am By Julie Cart | CALmatters Russians hack Ukraine’s electricity network, turning lights off and on at will, rendering the country’s best tech hands helpless to intervene. North Korea takes over the controls of a South Korean nuclear power plant. Snipers with high-velocity rifles unleash a fusillade on a transmission station near San Jose, inflicting $15 million in damage. It’s not the plot of the latest spy novel. Rather, it’s small sampling of actual attacks, the kind of sabotage against vulnerable energy systems that can cut off power with the click of a mouse and bring officials to their knees. Experts say energy grids are the new front in cyber-terrorism. Although the wildfires that periodically dominate the news are a serious threat to California’s power supply, cyber-invaders are an around-the clock danger, trying to penetrate grid security every minute … [Read more...] about Cyber-sabotage, wildfires, weather—a web of threats to the power supply could leave Californians in the dark
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Facebook has had a truly tumultous 2018. The company lurched from scandal to crisis, from spreading genocide-fuelling hate speech in Myanmar to the Cambridge Analytica debacle. Business Insider has rounded up the Silicon Valley tech giant’s dozens of scandals over the last 12 months. Mark Zuckerberg kicked off 2018 with a promise: He was going to fix Facebook. The billionaire chief executive is famous for his often-wacky yearly challenges – build a robot butler! Visit all 50 states! Only eat meat from animals you kill yourself! But after a bruising 2017, with its revelations of Russian misinformation campaigns on Facebook, he announced a more sober goal for the year – tackling Facebook’s woes. “This will be a serious year of self-improvement and I’m looking forward to learning from working to fix our issues together,” he wrote back on January 4th. This didn’t go so well, it’s fair to say. Over the last 12 months, the Silicon … [Read more...] about Facebook endured a staggering number of scandals and controversies in 2018 — here they all are