FROM Frank Gehrke
California's drought: The beginning of the end? California is facing the Pineapple Express, a major storm this weekend and another next week, that is expected to bring six feet of snow and 12 inches of rain. We find out what that means for the drought.
Is California's Snow Economy Melting? After three years of drought, California’s winter sports economy is in trouble. At Lake Tahoe, Bryan Allegretto blogs about conditions for skiing. He says residents are doing snow dances and holding "Pray for Snow" parties. Climate change, of course, is not confined to California — and it has different consequences in different parts of the world.
Governor to Declare End to California's Drought Three years ago, former Governor Schwarzenegger declared a drought in California. Tomorrow, Governor Brown is expected to declare that it's over. The Department of Water Resources has measured the Sierra-Nevada snowpack at 159 percent of normal. Frank Gehrke is the Department's chief Snow Surveyer.
Could Record-breaking Rainfall End California's Drought? One of the wettest Decembers in state history has left behind about twice the amount of water considered normal for this time of year in the snow pack high up in the Sierras. So come spring, a lot of water should come down from the mountains into the reservoirs of drought-plagued Southern California. We get a progress report from Frank Gehrke, chief snow surveyor for the California Department of Water Resources, and from Bill Patzert, a climatologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.