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Sep 21, 2023

Fire risk today, smoke expected to clear by weekend, chance of rain Monday

by Marc Albert
Red flag warning through Thursday, chance of rain next week.
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Sep 20, 2023

Turf's up! in Sebastopol

by Marc Albert
Ragle Ranch Regional Park getting a new soccer field.
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Sep 19, 2023

Petaluma seniors unite for fight to keep their mobile homes

by Noah Abrams
Residents of the seniors-only mobile home park say they have faced unethical, and potentially illegal, retaliation from the park's ownership.
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Sep 19, 2023

Sonoma County supervisors end public comment via Zoom after hate-filled rants

by Marc Albert and Greta Mart
Caller after caller during the Sept. 12 regular board meeting made antisemitic and racist remarks in what appeared to be a coordinated attack.
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Sep 18, 2023

Finding and fixing vulnerabilities; free county service shores up houses against wildfire

by Marc Albert
In a calamity, does your home have a fighting chance?

NPR News

Sep 20, 2023

Planting a meadow and growing a community

Jonathan Yacko and his wife Natalie Gilliard grew up near New York City and moved to Chittenden, Vermont in 2019. They loved their big new yard, but hated all
Sep 19, 2023

Morning news brief

President Biden speaks at the United Nations. Five Americans travel to the U.S. after a prisoner swap with Iran. Canada blames the Indian government for the assassination of a Sikh
Sep 13, 2023

Federal judge again declares that DACA is illegal

HOUSTON — While a federal judge on Wednesday declared illegal a revised version of a federal policy that prevents the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to
Sep 10, 2023

The search for a church that isn't a church

If you've been following this series, by now you've seen me write about the reason this whole project came about. I don't know what I believe. Don't misunderstand -
Sep 10, 2023

For a new generation of Marines, 9/11 is history

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – It's still pitch black and Marine recruits are scurrying around under garish spotlights, stacking their weapons and packs, all under the constant screams of drill
Sep 08, 2023

The Texas power grid struggles through heatwave

Earlier this week, Texas came close to a blackout. Another heat wave had people using their air conditioners into the evenings because temperatures didn't cool off. The grid nearly couldn't
Sep 06, 2023

The business of carbon removal

A U.S. oil company is investing heavily in what could become a game-changing technology: Sucking carbon from the sky. Two business models are vying for primacy over how this technology
Aug 23, 2023

How Georgia voters see the Trump indictment

The residents of Fulton County, Ga., vote in a highly contested swing state. And soon, they may make up the jury pool in a criminal case against Trump, who's expected
Aug 22, 2023

A preview of the first GOP debate

The Republican presidential primary debate is a chance for lesser-known candidates to stand out because the leading candidate for the nomination, former President Donald Trump, won't be there.
Aug 22, 2023

Sha'Carri Richardson wins 100 meter gold

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with USA Today track and field reporter Tyler Dragon about Sha'Carri Richardson becoming the fastest woman in the world and her journey to the top spot.
Aug 20, 2023

GOP state legislatures target progressive prosecutors

A wave of progressive prosecutors have won office across the country. Now, Republican-controlled state legislatures and governors are trying to curtail their power, or strip them of it altogether.
Aug 15, 2023

Why the market for elderberries is booming

Sales of elderberries exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fruit is often used as a nutritional supplement. (Story aired on All Things Considered on Aug. 14, 2023.)
Aug 14, 2023

This was the hottest July ever recorded on Earth

This was the hottest July ever recorded on Earth, according to federal climate scientists. It's a stark reminder that humans are rapidly warming up the planet by burning fossil fuels.
Aug 09, 2023

How 'Yo! MTV Raps' helped mainstream hip hop

The MTV show Yo! MTV Raps helped bring hip-hop into mainstream American culture in the 1980s and was made by a scrappy team in the face of a skeptical corporate
Aug 05, 2023

Should Trump's trial be televised?

The trial of former President Donald Trump on charges related to his alleged attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election would likely prove among the biggest television
Aug 03, 2023

Women's World Cup update: Morocco in, Germany out

NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer talks with Alicia DelGallo, a senior editor at USA Today Sports, about the surprise elimination of Germany from the Women's World Cup as Morocco's dream run continues.

022323 NWS freezefrost warningThe North Bay is experiencing a rare mixture of weather phenomena on Thursday as cold temperatures bring rain that turns to snow in some areas while thunderstorms are forecast for the evening.
A mixture of hail and graupel -- slushy snow pellets -- pelted Vallejo around noon and more hail was reported in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park around 1:30 p.m. The Sonoma County coastal mountains are experiencing a peppering of snow as well.
Solano County has rain forecast for the afternoon and evening, with a possibility of isolated thunderstorms, according to Courtney Carpenter, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
"Because such cold air is present, any heavier snow or thunderstorm that pops up will have the potential to drop accumulating small hail or graupel," Carpenter said.
In Sonoma County, temperatures will reach freezing or below by Friday morning, according to Brian Garcia, another meteorologist with the weather service. A freeze warning is in effect from noon Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday. The Sonoma Coastal Range mountains will pick up "a couple inches likely" of snow, according to Garcia.
A winter storm warning is in effect for mountains in Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties.
The Mayacamas and Vaca Mountain ranges that span both Napa and Solano counties could see accumulated snow of up to 8 inches.
"There is an outside shot, less than about 10 percent, that the highest elevations pick up a foot or more of snow," said Garcia.
"One of the strongest thunderstorms overnight may cause a few snowflakes to get pushed down to sea level," he added, saying that there is a 10 percent chance that snow could mix with rain in lower elevations.

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