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San Diego County will turn cloudy Sunday as a modest storm approaches from the North Pacific

San Diego County will turn cloudy Sunday as a modest storm approaches from the North Pacific

A Pacific storm that’s drawing moisture from the subtropics will spread clouds over San Diego County on Sunday and then drop from 0.25 inches to 1 inch of rain across the region starting late Monday, the National Weather Service said.The heaviest precipitation will fall in North County, which is recovering from storms that recently dropped 4 to 8 inches of rain in some communities.Travelers can expect far worse conditions if they head for Orange County, which will receive up to 1.5 inches of rain, or the eastern San Gabriel Mountains, which will get up to 4 inches. The storm could slow...

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Navy envisions big future for the sort of unmanned ships now being tested in San Diego

Navy envisions big future for the sort of unmanned ships now being tested in San Diego

The experimental, unmanned ships the Navy is testing out of San Diego and other ports will become a large and crucial part of the fleet, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lisa Franchetti said Monday at the West 2024 conference in San Diego.Franchetti said it will take about 15 years to fully develop and test autonomous surface vessels, along with new aerial and undersea platforms, Defense One reported. The robotic vehicles are meant to supplement the Navy’s manned warships, rather than replace them. The Navy created an unmanned surface vessel program in 2022 in San Diego, where it has been...

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Pacific storm could drop 2.5 inches of rain across San Diego County later this week, possibly triggering more flooding

Pacific storm could drop 2.5 inches of rain across San Diego County later this week, possibly triggering more flooding

A cold Pacific storm will drop 2 to 2.5 inches of rain across much of San Diego County from Thursday morning to Friday afternoon, possibly causing heavy runoff in a region still recovering from last week’s damaging, storm-induced flooding, the National Weather Service said.The heaviest rain will fall on Thursday afternoon and evening and could include thunderstorms capable of dropping 0.75 inches of precipitation per hour, a rate that typically leads to urban flooding. Isolated spots could receive as much as 3 inches of precipitation. In San Diego, city crews were working to clear storm...

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Salk Institute in uproar over email critical of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter

Salk Institute in uproar over email critical of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | AdvertisementAdvertisement A computer programmer at the Salk Institute in La Jolla has sparked an uproar by using the center’s email system to criticize the Black Lives Matter movement and George Floyd, the Minneapolis man whose recent death in police custody ignited nationwide protests.The protests have included of civil rights demonstrations in San Diego County, and wide-ranging discussions about changing the way that police operate.Bob Kuczewski, who has worked at the elite biomedical research institute for about eight years, sent an...

June 8, 2020
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NASA will send another UC San Diego grad to the space station

NASA will send another UC San Diego grad to the space station

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | AdvertisementAdvertisement NASA said Wednesday it will send astronaut Kate Rubins back to the International Space Station this fall, making her the second UC San Diego graduate to serve aboard the orbiting outpost this year. The 41-year-old Rubins spent 115 days on space station in 2016, during a mission in which she became the first person to sequence DNA in space. She was focusing on her specialty; Rubins earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology at UCSD in 1999.Rubins is now scheduled to fly back to the space station on Oct. 14 aboard a...

June 3, 2020
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UCSD says climate change helped produce San Diego's huge ocean heat wave in 2018

UCSD says climate change helped produce San Diego's huge ocean heat wave in 2018

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | AdvertisementAdvertisement UC San Diego researchers have confirmed that climate change helped produce the historic 43-day ocean heat wave that drew big crowds to San Diego beaches during the summer of 2018.The finding was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, in a paper that says the phenomenon could not be soley attributed to natural variations in the weather.The average summer water temperature at the Scripps Pier in La Jolla is 70.7 degrees. But in 2018, ocean readings surpassed 73 degrees on every day of the heat wave,...

May 21, 2020
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Carlsbad's surf sparkles with bioluminescence — but you can't go to the beach

Carlsbad's surf sparkles with bioluminescence — but you can't go to the beach

Copyright © 2022, Los Angeles Times | | | | Advertisement The historic rains that recently drenched San Diego County have generated a coastal red tide that is producing bright blue bioluminescence, a beloved phenomenon also known as sea sparkle. But it has appeared in the surf in Carlsbad at the very moment that the public is barred from visiting most beaches due to the novel coronavirus.The ocean is teeming with Lingulodinium polyedra, a type of single-cell organism that can produce brilliant flickers of light, particularly in breaking surf or the wake of a boat.AdvertisementThe organism...

April 18, 2020
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Here's how hot it got Sunday in 25 San Diego County communities

Here's how hot it got Sunday in 25 San Diego County communities

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | AdvertisementAdvertisement San Diego County beaches remained closed on Sunday, forcing people to look elsewhere for a relief on a day when temperatures were 15 to 20 degrees above normal across much of the region. But some beaches will reopen on Monday and the heat wave that’s afflicted Southern California since late last week will moderate, according to the National Weather Service.An excessive heat warning will remain in effect for the mountains and deserts until 9 p.m. on Thursday.San Diego International Airport reached 88 degrees Sunday,...

April 27, 2020
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SDG&E cuts power to parts of San Diego County due to heat wave

SDG&E cuts power to parts of San Diego County due to heat wave

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | AdvertisementAdvertisement SDG&E cut power to of San Diego County and southern Orange County on Friday night to cope with a surge in electricity demand brought on by the start of a heat wave that will last well into next week.The rolling outages began at 6:40 p.m. and ended shortly after 8 p.m., SDG&E said. The blackouts affected about 58,700 of the utility’s customers. It was the first time since 2001 that the California Independent System Operator, which runs the state power grid, had asked SDG&E to impose rolling outages....

August 15, 2020
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Chuck Mawhinney, Camp Pendleton Marine who became deadliest sniper in corps history, dies at 75

Chuck Mawhinney, Camp Pendleton Marine who became deadliest sniper in corps history, dies at 75

Chuck Mawhinney, the Camp Pendleton Marine who became the deadliest sniper in the corps’ history while serving in the Vietnam War, died on Monday at his home in Baker City, Oregon. He was 75. The Marine Corps credited Mawhinney with 103 kills as well as 216 “probable” kills that could not be confirmed because of the dangerous conditions in which the shootings happened. For the record: An earlier version of this story said Mawhinney made most of shots from 300 to 700 feet away and sometimes from more than 1,000 feet. The story should have said yards. Mawhinney, who attended Camp...

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