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Potentially damaging winds expected to whip through the Coachella Valley today (Thursday) and tonight have prompted organizers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to delay the opening of the Coachella Festival tent and car camping area until tomorrow, for safety reasons.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.

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After record-breaking temperatures around the Inland Empire and across Southern California yesterday (Monday), weather forecasters are warning of hotter conditions today, and a continued risk of wildfires through tomorrow.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


The heat wave continues across Southern California, pushing temperatures to record-breaking highs, stressing the electrical grid, and aggravating wildfires being fought around the region.  Temperatures will be a bit more moderate tomorrow (Friday), but triple-digit temps will likely hang around the Inland Empire through the weekend.  More information in this report from NPR's Danielle Karson and KVCR's Ken Vincent.


California requires employers in several outdoor industries to take extra precautions on hot days to protect their workers.  But as reporter Sally Schilling explains, the state has yet to establish heat safety rules for indoor workplaces, such as logistics warehouses. 


It appears the windy weather yesterday and last night (Thursday) wreaked more havoc on the coastal and desert areas than in the Inland Empire itself.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent


President Trump has approved federal disaster assistance for California.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the move will help communities recover from major storms that hit the state in January.

Rain heavy at times, foothill flooding, and veritable blizzard conditions in the mountains will all be part of today's storm as it passes through the Inland Empire.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


Although you might not believe it looking at Inland Empire weather conditions today (Thursday), some Forecasters say the storm that will barrel through the IE tomorrow (Friday) could provide some of the wettest, windiest, and potentially more dangerous weather conditions that we've experienced in this part of Southern California in years.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.


The federal license that allows the state of California to operate the now-damaged Oroville Dam expired 10 years ago, and has been operating since then with yearly "temporary" licenses, according to reports from the Associated Press.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

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Tens of thousands of residents downstream from Oroville Dam are still under evacuation orders, even as conditions improve for workers trying to alleviate the structural emergency plaguing the dam.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


Federal agencies are providing California with preliminary assistance for the Oroville Dam emergency.  That's in spite of some rumors President Donald Trump is withholding aid to the state, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Caltrans says that the Ortega Highway -- Highway 74 between Lake Elsinore and San Juan Capistrano -- could reopen to traffic this week, following a 3-week closure of the highway because of storm damage.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


Caltrans is still in the process of removing boulders, smaller rocks, and other debris from Highway 243 between Banning and Idyllwild following the recent winter storms that swept through the Inland Empire.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Highway 74 between Lake Elsinore in Riverside County and San Juan Capistrano in San Diego County -- The Ortega Highway -- will be closed to traffic for at least a couple of weeks because of damage from recent storms.  KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.


Record-setting rains have drenched northern California.  State and federal agencies say so far so good interms of managing water flow through this first big storm.  With another storm on the way, Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has this update from the state Department of Water Resources.

Heat Wave Will Scorch Inland Empire Again Today

Jun 20, 2016

The Inland Empire is under an excessive heat warning.  Several inland-area high temperature records were broken over the weekend, and records could be broken again today, as the first big warm-up of the season pushes the mercury well above the century mark.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports on the heat wave.

The San Bernardino board of Supervisors heard a special presentation recently about what's being done throughout the county to prepare for the potentially destructive effects of El Nino.  KVCR's Rick Dulock has more.


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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an emergency declaration authorizing county agencies to make necessary preparations ahead of this winter's El Nino.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.


Californians are hoping El Nino will bring some relief from the drought this winter, but there's also concern it may bring major flooding.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that state and federal officials are pitching flood insurance.

Will SoCal Get A "Godzilla" El Nino?

Sep 22, 2015

This month, forecasters and meteorologists upgraded the probability of El Nino from 90 to 95 percent.  Adjectives to describe the weather phenomenon are numerous.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem tries to get to the bottom of just how much worrying is warranted.

Rainstorm Rips Through Southern California

Sep 16, 2015

The remnants of Hurricane Linda unleashed an unexpectedly large deluge across Southern California yesterday (Tuesday).  It was officially the wettest day of the year for downtown Los Angeles, which received more than two-and-a-half inches of precipitation before noon.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on that, and how the Inland Empire fared in yesterday's storm.


California is already dealing with the effects of climate change.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, scientists and policy experts are discussing how to better manage and adapt to those changes during a conference in Sacramento this week.