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 (128 archives)
One year ago today, in the pre-dawn hours of a Sunday morning, thousands of people were jounced out of bed when a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Napa Valley. The shaking claimed at least one life, injured more than 200 and brought down whole sections of buildings in Napa and Vallejo. For years, Californians have been hoping for some kind of warning system that would provide even a few seconds to prepare. Japan has it. Mexico has it. But it will be a while yet before we have it.
President Obama will announce today that he's designating the Berryessa Snow Mountain as a national monument. The monument encompasses about 350,000 acres from the northeast tip of Napa, all the way up to Mendocino County. It will be California's twelfth, and largest national monument.
Hopes are rising again that the warmer-than-normal conditions on the Pacific could bring sheets of rain to California in the fall. That phenomena is called El Nino. Sound familiar? There was hype for such a storm last year, so we've got reason to be skeptical.
We knew it was coming but it's historic nonetheless. State regulators handed down sweeping water cuts on Tuesday. Cities will have to cut their water use by up to 36 percent, depending on how good or bad they've been at saving.
Gov. Jerry Brown is standing firm on his historic mandate to cut water use by 25 percent, despite protests from some cities. On Tuesday, the governor and state water regulators offered some details on the carrots and sticks that may be used to reach the new conservation goals.