National Weather Service

A small pool of water is surrounded by dried and cracked earth that was the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Drought So Bad, California Received 1 Year Worth Of Rain Over Last 4 Years

Brown grass, low reservoirs and worsening wildfires are undeniable signs of California’s worsening drought. Now new rainfall comparisons highlight just how thirsty the Golden State is, but rising ocean temperatures are giving climate experts hope for a wet winter.

06/23/2015

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Chance Of Torrential El Nino Rains Increases, Drought Relief Possible But Not Guaranteed, Yet

The National Weather Service confirms a strong El Nino is increasingly likely, and some sort of El Nino is nearly guaranteed, while a very strong El Nino historically has clobbered San Francisco with 43 inches of rain.

06/11/2015

Rain over the Bay Bridge (KCBS/Ron Cervi)

Rainfall Totals Modest, But We’ll Take Anything We Can Get

It’s not even going to amount to a free car wash, but that won’t stop the drought-plagued Bay Area from celebrating the rare June precipitation we saw Wednesday morning.

06/10/2015

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Weather Service Issues Monday Heat Advisory For Bay Area; Inland Temps May Reach Triple Digits

The National Weather Service is reminding the public to drink water and avoid leaving children and pets in parked cars due to a heat advisory that’s been issued for Monday afternoon.

06/07/2015

The green on this map represents an increased likelihood of a wetter-than-average winter. The blue color -- which covers the Bay Area -- represents the highest deviation above average. (NWS/NCEP/CPC)

Hope For Wet California Winter If Rainfall Prediction Computer Models Prove Accurate

There is hope for a wet winter in California if the rainfall predictions on long-range computer models prove accurate.

06/03/2015

Yosemite Falls flows in December. (CBS SF)

Forecasters Predict Stormy Sierra Memorial Day Weekend

It could be a stormy Memorial Day holiday, if your travels take you to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite or the High Sierra this weekend.

05/21/2015

Sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. El Niño is characterized by unusually warm temperatures and La Niña by unusually cool temperatures in the equatorial Pacific. Anomalies represent deviations from normal temperature values, with unusually warm temperatures shown in red and unusually cold anomalies shown in blue. (NOAA)

Strengthening El Nino Brings Drought-Drenching Rain To Texas, California May Be Next

There’s a strong chance the rain that’s drenching Texas and the Southern Plains will be heading to California if the current El Nino pattern continues to strengthen.

05/19/2015

(L-R) A funnel cloud seen over Sebastopol, the same cloud dissipating and showing the circular structure. (Kathy Munch/CBS)

Funnel Cloud Spotted In Sebastopol As May Storm Moves Through Bay Area

A KPIX Weather Watcher spotted a funnel cloud from Sebastopol Thursday morning.

05/07/2015

Roberta visits the National Weather Service headquarters. (CBS)

Why Is The Center Of U.S. Meteorology Smack In The Middle Of Oklahoma?

Great question! While my main purpose was to visit my son at the University of Oklahoma, I did indeed visit the National Weather Center which is located on the university’s campus.

04/21/2015

Sea Temperatures

Long-Awaited El Nino May Bring Drought-Busting Rain To Northern California By 2016

If 2015 was the year El Nino conditions never came, 2016 may be the year California’s long-awaited wet weather pattern finally arrives.

04/16/2015

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