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A 2022 king tide pushed groundwater up through this San Leandro drain. Photo: Kristina Hill.

New Maps Reveal Bay Area Flood Threat From Below

Author Meg Duff By Meg Duff
As Bay Area residents kayaked through flooded streets and bailed out buildings during California’s recent storms, they faced not only bursting creeks and pouring rain but also rising groundwater.

Downtown Montecito, during 2019 storm events similar to those the Bay Area is experiencing this year. The adjacent Russian River is one of the most flood-prone rivers in California. Photo: Jak Wonderly.

In Atlas of Disaster, No One is Safe

Author John Hart By John Hart
According to the Atlas of Disaster, 90% of U.S. counties have had an extreme weather event in the last ten years, and California had more disasters than any other state...

Satellite photo of a bomb cyclone over the West Coast captured on January 4, 2023. Photo: NASA.

What Exactly is a Bomb Cyclone Anyway?

Author Robin Meadows By Robin Meadows
It’s hard for me to imagine a scarier name for weather than bomb cyclone — the kind of California experienced on January 4, 2023 — and in the days leading...

A San Francisco bus, one of the city’s bio-diesel fleet. Photo: Ariel Rubissow Okamoto.

San Francisco’s Subtle Greenwashing

Author Dave Rhody By Dave Rhody
San Francisco is increasingly seen as a "green" city but its track record doesn't hold up under scrutiny.

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Manhattan, Miami and San Francisco are all facing off with the ocean as it advances on their urban footprints. Photo: by Mario Bruns, Unsplash.

How Far Can Metro Harbors Go on Nature-Based Shore Protection?

Author Robin Meadows By Robin Meadows
Typical flood protections rely on engineered structures. But there's a new push at the national level of the US Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize working with nature. Storm surge plans...

Leadership academy graduates. Photo courtesy Phoenix Armenta.

Oaklanders Leading on Climate

Author Jasmine Hardy By Jasmine Hardy
The 14 graduates of the inaugural 2021 Oakland Shoreline Leadership Academy have new skills to confront the rising tide head-on. “It’s completely changed how I look at the environment,” confesses...
Both of the main roads connecting the island of Belvedere to the mainland are built on top of aging seawalls. Photo: Sierra Garcia.

Two Towns Shortlisted for FEMA Millions

Author Sierra Garcia By Sierra Garcia
Grimes and Belvedere were the only two northern California towns that FEMA shortlisted this year for flood prevention funding. But flood protection is often more easily planned than done.

SFO

San Francisco International Airport has many waterfronts vulnerable to sea level rise.

San Mateo County Pieces Falling Into Place

A plan to protect SFO could become a critical link in a chain of resilience projects along the San Mateo County bayshore. But projects that cross jurisdictional borders, get complicated.

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In Atlas of Disaster, No One is Safe

According to the Atlas of Disaster, 90% of U.S. counties have had an extreme weather event in the last ten years, and California had more disasters than any other state between 2011 and 2021. The report also offers a cost-effective path forward.

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What Exactly is a Bomb Cyclone Anyway?

It’s hard for me to imagine a scarier name for weather than bomb cyclone — the kind of California experienced on January 4, 2023 — and in the days leading up to the storm, the media frenzy amped up my fears even more. Next, PG&E and my internet provider warned me of service outages. Then, Governor Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency.

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Storm Surge Resilience Jigsaw Confounds New York

An Army Corps storm surge and flood plan for the New-York-New Jersey waterfront, now going through a public comment period, could be the most far-reaching coastal resilience project the region has seen thus far. The preferred alternative, however, is leaving advocates and community groups questioning if all the pieces will ever fit together.

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Oaklanders Leading on Climate

The 14 graduates of the inaugural 2021 Oakland Shoreline Leadership Academy have new skills to confront the rising tide head-on. “It’s completely changed how I look at the environment,” confesses Academy alum Shy Walker.

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CHATTER

This January, our stories match the weather: water from the sky, water from the sea, water bubbling up out of storm drains, and water that is no longer, "Someone Else's Problem." In our new issue, read about communities preparing for a wetter world. https://conta.cc/3iJag2g

After losing his home in #Montecito's devastating 2018 #mudslide, Curtis Skene decided to do something. The "debris basin" he championed, completed this summer, gives Montecito's mudslides somewhere to go--besides into homes. https://www.kneedeeptimes.org/california-reeling/

Atmospheric rivers driving this week's #bayarea #flooding...
- are projected to intensify with climate change
- may contribute to local sea level rise

The @OneShoreline project is working to coordinate flood resiliency across San Mateo County:
https://www.kneedeeptimes.org/san-mateo-county-pieces-falling-into-place/ 🧵1/4

Want to keep an eye out for #kingtides? Saturday's high tide rolls in around:
🌊 10:30 a.m (coast)
🌊 11:30 a.m. (East Bay)
🌊 12:30 a.m. (South Bay)

📸The @CA_king_tides project is collecting photos of king tides to help prep for sea level rise: https://www.kneedeeptimes.org/royally-flooded-dispatches-from-the-highest-tides/

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Christmas Eve, 2022 This eerie photo of San Francisco, which reporter Robin Meadows did not shoot in black and white, evokes a more peaceful day of sprinkles and mist in the weeks of grey days and atmospheric river storms over the holidays.

Christmas Eve, 2022

This eerie photo of San Francisco, which reporter Robin Meadows did not shoot in black and white, evokes a more peaceful day of sprinkles and mist in the weeks of grey days and atmospheric river storms over the holidays.