Roberta Gonzales

Sunset in Pleasanton (Roberta Gonzales)

Will Tonight’s Sunset Be As Spectacular As Wednesday’s?

Sunlight is made up of all kinds of different colors of light! Keep in mind, each color of light has a wavelength. At sunset, we see more red light because it is being scattered through tiny particles in the lower atmosphere. These particles are referred to as aerosols. These aerosols or tiny particles are from burning fossil fuels or naturally from soil or dust, perhaps even salt from the ocean.

02/26/2015

(Heavenly Resort)

Should I Believe These Forecasts For Snow In Tahoe This Weekend?

Snow is back in the forecast for the Greater Lake Tahoe area! Accumulations have not been determined, but all snow is welcomed! In addition to the impending snowfall, many of the large Resorts, including Heavenly Mountain, has been relentless in making snow when weather conditions are stingy with precipitation.

02/25/2015

Runners on a trail. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Can You Call Yourself A Bay Area Runner If You’ve Never Done The Dipsea?

I like to run. I like to run a lot! Granted at one time, I was much faster than I am today, so now I just trot along. I merely tell myself to “keep moving forward!”

02/24/2015

(CBS)

Blossoms In February? Will The Early Spring Continue?

Having lived in the Bay Area for the last 19 years, I am in awe of these pink and white blossoms every Spring. But it’s NOT Springtime.

02/23/2015

Goaltender Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks defends the goal as Justin Williams #14 of the Los Angeles Kings and Justin Braun #61 of the San Jose Sharks battle for the puck in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

How The Heck Are They Keeping The Ice Cold At Levi’s For The Sharks Game?

It’s finally here! As a Season Ticket Holder for the San Jose Sharks since 1991, I feel as I have waited for this day forever! Tomorrow (Saturday), at 7pm, the puck will drop at Levi’s Stadium for the very first NHL outdoor hockey game in Northern California History.

02/20/2015

Chinese artists perform a dragon dance at a local amusement park during celebrations for the Lunar New Year February 19, 2015 in Beijing, China.The Chinese Lunar New Year of the Sheep also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

New Years Fireworks Could Push Beijing To Air Pollution To Measurable Limit

Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. With a little over 21 million people, It is one of the most populated cities on earth. As a result, it is heavily polluted with toxic air pollution.

02/19/2015

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Why Have I Never Heard Of The ‘Black Moon’ Before?

It can be confusing and downright technical, but think of a Black Moon as one of four astronomical events which centers around a New Moon or Dark Moon.

02/18/2015

Lake Tahoe (credit: Hanna Bankston/UGC/CBS Local)

Snow In Tahoe This Weekend? There’s A Chance

There is an “inside slider” that will bring partly cloudy skies beginning Friday to the Greater Lake Tahoe area, with a CHANCE of snow showers over the weekend. Otherwise, long range computer models suggest a shot of snow on February 27 and 28.

02/17/2015

A woman blows her nose as allergy season hits its peak. (PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Are My Allergies Kicking In So Early This Year?

Blame it on the drought. That’s right. The lack of significant rainfall has left Bay Area residents reaching for the tissue. Spring officially arrives on March 20 (35 days away), but people around the Bay Area are already suffering with Seasonal Allergies. Trees are pollinating and people are miserable. It is believed approximately 40 million Americans have aggressive reactions to high pollen counts.

02/13/2015

Drought Reduced Reservoir

How Bad Is The Drought After That Latest Big Storm?

After four days of rainfall, the San Francisco Bay Area has seen SOME relief to some areas, while other regions remain in “EXTREME to EXCEPTIONAL Drought. Over a foot of rain accumulated in Venado (12 miles west of Healdsburg) and as a result, the coastal mountains are now considered in a “Severe Drought”, not as dismal as the remaining Bay Area. In fact, many interior valleys received less than 1 inch of precipitation in the rain gauge and the Salinas Valley tallied less than 1/2 inch from the Friday through Monday rain event. Not nearly enough to note markedly improved conditions there.

02/12/2015

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