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El Niño's been very busy blasting the US West Coast with storms. Now Folsom Lake, one of the most famous lakes to be depleted by California's drought, has surpassed its average water level for early February and will soon reach capacity for this time of year.
One of the biggest battles of the drought in the Western US has been over the flow of data — namely, who is using (and wasting) the region's scarcest resource. Now a victory on the water data front has been claimed with Los Angeles's water district ordered to hand over the names and addresses of homeowners who received incentives to drought-proof their yards.
According to the greatest Internet resource, a wet microburst is a "small-scaled downburst" that is "accompanied by significant precipitation". I think that's underselling it a bit because man, this wet microburst that popped off in Tucson, Arizona basically looks like the sky decided to drop all of its rain at one damn time, like a faucet turning on and never shutting off until it smashes everything underneath.
For an incredibly simple concept — keeping you dry — rain jackets have involved into awfully complicated products. Air flow rates, water pressure resistance, durable water repellent coatings, hard shells, soft shells... the list of technical terms goes on. Here's what they all mean, and how you can use them to find the best jacket for you.
There are three primary sources of smells that commonly occur after rain. The first, the "clean" smell, in particular after a heavy thunderstorm, is caused by ozone. Ozone (scientifically known as trioxygen due to the fact that it is comprised of three oxygen atoms) is notably pungent and has a very sharp smell that is often described as similar to that of chlorine.
Sure, you could just download a weather app to see what conditions are like outside your front door, but where's the fun in that? Ken Kawamoto's Tempescope actually creates rain, clouds and simulated lightning right inside your house. It's the ultimate push notification.