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Stories by Susan Murphy

San Diego Heat To Give Way To More El Niño-Driven Storms

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Don't let this week's warm, sunny weather fool you. El Niño storms are expected to resume — maybe by the end of this month — and continue through April.

San Diego Job Market Fueled By Demand For Skilled Workers

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In San Diego County, the number of people seeking work is declining and stands at 4.7 percent — down from a high of 11.1 percent five years ago.

Low Risk Of Zika Virus Reaching San Diego

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The blood-sucking, black and white striped aedes aegypti mosquito has multiplied and expanded its reach across San Diego County, but no active virus has been detected in the region.

Work Begins On Bikeway Village In Imperial Beach

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The $5 million Bikeway Village development will cater to bikers and walkers with a one-stop bicycle shop, cafes, an outdoor patio and a water bottle filling station.

Citizen Scientists Learn To Document El Niño's Impacts

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With help from researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and USC, citizen scientists in San Diego County are being trained to help document the effects of El Nino’s high tides and strong waves.

Renting Cars At Lindbergh Field About To Get Easier

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A $316 million rental car center at San Diego International Airport is set to open its doors to the traveling public next week.

San Diego Leaders Urge Preparedness Ahead Of Next Round Of Rain

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Gathering at the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services, local emergency leaders urged the public to prepare for upcoming storms.

Volunteers Needed To Count San Diego County's Homeless

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Last week’s El Niño downpours raised concerns for San Diego County’s homeless. Soon the region will get a good estimate of just how many people are on the streets.

Tracking San Diego River Levels During El Niño Storms

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U.S. Geological Survey crews are closely monitoring river conditions using a small, boat-like instrument so they can help public safety officials prepare for flooding.

San Diego Homeless Struggle In Rainy Weather

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Heavy El Niño rains this week have led to increased efforts to help homeless men, women and children find shelter. Hundreds of homeless remain on the streets.

Keeping Tijuana River Valley Safe From Floods

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As heavy rains battered San Diego County on Tuesday, residents of the flood-prone Tijuana River Valley met with officials to coordinate potential evacuations for families and animals.

San Diegans Prepare For Flooding, High Surf

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Homeless service providers are handing out boots and tarps, while fire-rescue personnel are providing sandbags.

El Niño-Driven Storms To Bring Weeklong Rainfall To San Diego

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Heavy rainfall, gusty winds, large surf and mountain snow could batter the region for at least five consecutive days. By Friday, up to 4 inches of rain could deluge the coast, while 6 to 8 inches could fall in the mountains.

Protesters Rally In Downtown San Diego For Disability Funding Increase

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More than 100 people with developmental disabilities, along with their caregivers and advocates, urged Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and other state leaders to increase funding by 10 percent to the agencies that support them.

Ocean Beach Pier Reopens After High Surf Led To Closure

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San Diego city officials closed the pier in the morning when the surf was flowing through the railing. The pier reopened about 3 p.m. Tuesday after minor repairs were mailed to the railing.

San Diego Pearl Harbor Survivors Recount The Attack

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On the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, San Diego survivors of the military assault recount their experiences on that horrific day that launched America into World War II.

'It's About Time,' Says San Diego Female Combat Veteran On Pentagon Decision

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Navy veteran Natalie Slattery, who served as a gunner in ground combat in Iraq, was reacting to historic decision that opens approximately 220,000 military combat jobs to women.

Higher Security At San Diego Airport As Holiday Travel Begins

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Up to 60,000 travelers are expected daily at the airport during the week of Thanksgiving, a Lindbergh Field spokeswoman said. Many more will be hitting the road to drive to their destinations.

Report Names National City Most Walkable In The County

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Circulate San Diego gives National City high marks for safe sidewalks and street crossings.

San Diego Tributes Abound For Paris Victims

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From a moment of silence at the start of the San Diego City Council meeting to makeshift memorials, San Diegans are paying tribute to the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris.

Scripps Gets $700K To Support Earthquake Detection System

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The Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla announced a $700,000 gift from a private firm to support an earthquake detection system in Southern California.

San Diego Researchers Recruit Public To Document El Niño

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During previous strong El Niños, San Diego County suffered major coastal erosion, and waves reached heights never seen before. This time around, researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography are calling on the public to help document the potentially historic event.

October's Hot Temperatures In San Diego Soared Off The Charts

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The month of October was 7.7 degrees above average when combining the daily high and low temperatures. The 31-day stretch averaged 74.4 degrees — the hottest October ever recorded.

Clothing Drive Helps San Diego Women Veterans Suit Up For Civilian Careers

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Operation Dress Code will provide donated suits and other professional attire, including shoes and accessories, to women who are transitioning from the military into civilian careers.

Homeless Along San Diego River Warned Of El Niño

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An estimated 500 homeless people live along the flood-prone 52-mile river. Outreach teams have been scouring the riverbanks to alert the homeless to the dangers that will come with predicted heavy rains.

San Diego County Prepares For Floods Ahead Of El Niño

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The torrential rains and devastating mudflows that struck last week north of Los Angeles could be a harbinger of El Niño’s coming wrath in San Diego County, emergency officials warned.

San Diego County Leaders, Emergency Officials Prepare For Strongest El Niño On Record

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More than 100 San Diego County leaders and emergency officials were briefed Tuesday on the strengthening El Niño and its potential impacts of heavy rainfall, flooding and mudflows.

El Cajon Seniors Flock To 'Cool Zone' In Sweltering Heat Wave

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A dangerous heat wave is bearing down on San Diego County once again, stretching from the coast to the mountains. The extreme weather is taking a toll on seniors.

San Diego County Unveils New Firefighting Helicopter As Hot, Dry Temperatures Set In

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Just in time for the peak wildfire season, San Diego County leaders and fire officials unveiled a new firefighting helicopter on Thursday at Gillespie Field in El Cajon.

Councilman Alvarez Urges San Diego To Declare State Of Emergency Ahead Of El Niño

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“The City must be prepared to protect residents and businesses that are at risk for extreme flooding,” Councilman David Alvarez said. “Acting now to perform channel maintenance in areas that typically flood is critical to ensuring the safety of our communities."

El Niño, Warm Ocean Temperatures Lead To Stronger Santa Ana Winds

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A new study reveals Santa Ana wind events are stronger during El Niño years when they’re also combined with warm sea surface temperatures in the North Pacific Ocean.

First Female Blue Angels Pilot Soars Through San Diego Skies

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When the Navy’s Blue Angels pierce through San Diego’s skies this weekend performing daring aerobatics, Katie Higgins will be in one of the cockpits.

New Online Map Reveals Very High Fire Risk In San Diego County

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Is your home located in a high wildfire risk area? A new online wildfire hazard map of San Diego County allows you to enter your address and assess your fire danger.

Haggen To Close 25 Stores In San Diego County

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The company announced it is pulling out the Southwest market, and will focus its operations instead around 37 stores in the Northwest as part of its bankruptcy realignment.

Julian Apple Harvest, Festivities Come Early Amid Drought

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The season of autumn is officially underway. It’s that time of year when San Diegans flock to Julian for fall foliage, horse carriage rides and everything apples.

San Diego's Tropical Rains Will Soon Give Way To Santa Ana Winds

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The weather pattern that has sent a surge of warm, tropical moisture flowing into San Diego County this summer will soon transition and open the door to hot and dry Santa Ana winds.

'The Blob' Fueling Drastic Changes Under The Sea Ahead Of El Niño

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A large pool of warm ocean water named “the blob" is threatening marine life off of San Diego and along the West Coast.

Coming El Niño Has Emergency Officials Preparing, Researchers Watching Closely

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The last time a strong El Niño pounded San Diego County, nearly two decades ago, rainfall averaged 188 percent of normal, triggering floods, mudflows and coastal erosion.

Another Heat Wave Bears Down On San Diego County

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The second heat wave to hit the region in two weeks could send temperatures in the valleys soaring once again to triple digits.

8,700 Pairs Of Shoes Displayed To Represent San Diego County's Homeless

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Thousands of pairs of shoes, in all styles and sizes, were on display Tuesday in downtown San Diego, representing the number of homeless men, women and children on the streets across the county.

Climate Change Intensifies California's Drought

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California’s catastrophic wildfires, massive tree mortality and water crisis can be partly blamed on human-induced climate change, according to a new report by Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

70 Years Later, Veterans Reflect On The End Of World War II

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San Diego was bursting at the seams in celebration at the end of World War II. Seventy years later, the region abounds with memories and honor as those who wore America’s uniform share their stories.

'Strong' El Niño Forecast Has San Diego Emergency Officials Preparing

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Amid the historic drought, concerns are growing over potential floods, coastal erosion and mudflows from the strengthening El Niño.

CHP Recruiting Senior Volunteers In San Diego's North County

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Senior volunteers assist with community events, DUI checkpoints and neighborhood patrols.

San Diego Within Reach Of Yearly Rainfall Average Despite Drought

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California continues to be immersed in a drought, but oddly enough San Diego’s Lindbergh Field is a little more than one inch away from reaching its 10.15-inch annual rainfall average.

Strengthening El Niño May Trigger Wet Winter In San Diego

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The strongest El Niño in nearly 20 years seems to be developing in the tropical Pacific Ocean, according to the latest forecast by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

Medal Of Honor Soldier Receives Long-Overdue Military Burial In San Diego

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Hundreds of military and community members paid tribute Thursday at Miramar National Cemetery to the Civil War-era veteran. For decades, the Medal of Honor recipient's cremated remains were forgotten.

Emergency Rule Eases Process To Cut Down Drought-Stricken Trees

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With extreme drought and an infestation of bark beetles decimating California’s forests, the state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has adopted an emergency regulation for removing dead trees.

Heal The Bay: Drought Means Good Grades For San Diego County Beaches

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The Santa Monica-based environmental group Heal the Bay gave 93 percent of the region's beaches an A grade for water quality for the dry periods last summer and winter — and there were a lot of dry times.

UC San Diego Cyber Archeologist Salvaging Destroyed Iraqi Artifacts

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A UC San Diego graduate student in archeology is building a virtual museum of Iraqi artifacts that were recently destroyed by terrorists.