KQED Radio Staff
Craig is KQED's science editor, specializing in weather, climate, water & energy issues, with a little seismology thrown in just to shake things up. Prior to his current position, he launched and led the station's award-winning multimedia project, Climate Watch. Craig is also an accomplished writer/producer of television documentaries, with a focus on natural resource issues.
Stories (120 archives)
The snowfall this year has been awful for skiers and snowboarders -- and it's looking grim for the drought too. Thursday morning, surveyors will once again trudge into the Sierra to size up the mountain snowpack, a critical source of water for millions of Californians.
If all goes according to plan, a rocket will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc on Thursday. Its mission: to put up a satellite capable of measuring how much water is in the soil. The satellite could provide better weather forecasts, and give us a clue as to which way the drought is heading.
All that rain we got in December got us thinking that the drought has ended. Most parts of California are on track for a record-dry January that likely means a fourth straight year of drought. Where did all the rain and snow go? The answer has been sitting over our heads for weeks.
Just north of the Bay Area, there's a stretch of more than 300,000 acres that could become California's largest national monument. It runs from Lake Berryessa in Napa County 100 miles north to the Snow Mountain Wilderness, in the Mendocino National Forest. For more than a decade, conservationists have sought special federal protection for the scenic landscapes. Their future may be in the hands of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who recently came to the Bay Area to hear the pros and cons. We spoke to Jewell about that, and other issues on the federal lands that make up nearly half of California.
Federal climate scientists confirmed what many of us were already feeling: 2014 will go down as California's warmest year on record. Temperature records go back more than a century. KQED Science Editor Craig Miller explains what this has meant for California.