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Jan 18, 2017
A series of three powerful storms are taking aim at San Diego County and could deliver torrential rains, flooding, gusty winds and heavy mountain snow. According to the National Weather Service, the first storm, the weakest of the pack, is expected to arrive early Thursday morning with the strongest hitting on Monday. Marty Ralph, director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, will be tracking the storms closely via a network of 100 weather sensors that are spread across San Diego County as well as the state.

Reno Gazette-Journal
Jan 13, 2017
There wasn’t much of a crowd when California Sen. Kevin DeLeón took the stage at Harveys Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino for a defiant speech about climate policy during the Donald Trump era. The talk was part of Operation Sierra Storm, a conference for meteorologists from around the country. DeLeón wasn’t the only one to discuss the issue in apocalyptic terms. Also among the speakers was climate scientist Richard Somerville, a climate scientist and professor emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego.

National Geographic
Jan 12, 2017
“There is hidden biodiversity in the sea,” says Scripps Institution of Oceanography biologist Greg Rouse, who discovered the species with graduate student Josefin Stiller and Western Australian Museum researcher Nerida Wilson.

The New York Times
Jan 12, 2017
Last April, Greg Rouse, a marine biologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, and his colleagues embarked on a treasure hunt for the ruby sea dragon in the waters surrounding the Recherche Archipelago in Western Australia.

Jan 10, 2017
A new study in Science Advances by Wei Liu and colleagues at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the University of Wisconsin-Madison has important implications for the future stability of the overturning circulation in the Atlantic Ocean. They applied a correction to the freshwater fluxes in the Atlantic, in order to better reproduce the salt concentration of ocean waters there. This correction changes the overall salt budget for the Atlantic, also changing the stability of the model’s ocean circulation in future climate change.

San Francisco Chronicle
Jan 10, 2017
The storms barreling into California aren’t only flooding towns, ripping trees from the earth and igniting roadway chaos. They’ve had the extraordinary effect of filling reservoirs that haven’t breached their brims in years and, for much of the north state, intensifying a rainy season that is finally, mercifully, driving an end to the historic drought. “In the very northern part of California, yes, the drought is over,” said Marty Ralph, director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “In the south, not so much.”

Jan 09, 2017
Storms that caused flooding in Northern California over the weekend also contributed to major growth in the Sierra snowpack. An update to the KPBS Drought Tracker shows the current snowpack eclipsing levels seen on this day in previous years of the state's prolonged drought. "There's been quite a substantial uptick in the amount of snow in the Sierra Nevada due to these storms in the past seven days," said Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego climate researcher David Pierce, who helped compile data for the KPBS Drought Tracker.

CBS News
Jan 06, 2017
Last year, NOAA and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography put an economic value of $17 billion a year on the ocean off the west coasts of North and South America. That includes $4.3 billion from commercial and sport fishing and $12.9 billion for the capture of carbon.

Jan 05, 2017
Rain certainly melts snow, but winter rain—even precipitation coming from the warm tropics—might not have enough thermal energy to trigger significant thawing. “What ends up happening is higher altitudes get a lot more snow, and while lower altitudes lose snow, the runoff seeps into groundwater, so it’s not all lost,” says Marty Ralph, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego’s Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes. The bigger worry, says Ralph, is flooding.

The Washington Post
Jan 04, 2017
“This is a very common and well-known issue in climate models,” said the new study’s lead author, Wei Liu, a postdoctoral associate at Yale University, who conducted the work while at the University of California at San Diego. “I wanted to see, if I use a corrected model, how this will affect the future climate change.”