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Stories by Susan Murphy

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

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

Sept. 21
By Susan Murphy

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 Watch...

Coming El Niño Has Emergency Officials Preparing, Researchers Watching Closely

Sept. 14
By Susan Murphy

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

Another Heat Wave Bears Down On San Diego County

Aug. 26
By Susan Murphy

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 Home...

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

Aug. 25
By Susan Murphy

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

Climate Change Intensifies California's Drought

Aug. 24
By Susan Murphy

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

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

Aug. 17
By Susan Murphy

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

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

Aug. 10
By Susan Murphy

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

CHP Recruiting Senior Volunteers In San Diego's North County

July 15
By Susan Murphy

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

San Diego Within Reach Of Yearly Rainfall Average Despite Drought

San Diego Within Reach Of Yearly Rainfall Average Despite Drought

July 14
By Susan Murphy

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

Strengthening El Niño May Trigger Wet Winter In San Diego

July 10
By Susan Murphy

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...

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

July 9
By Susan Murphy

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

Emergency Rule Eases Process To Cut Down Drought-Stricken Trees

June 29
By Susan Murphy

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

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

June 17
By Hoa Quach, Susan Murphy

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

UC San Diego Cyber Archeologist Salvaging Destroyed Iraqi Artifacts

June 16
By Susan Murphy

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

Red Crab Invasion At San Diego Beaches May Signal Coming El Niño

Red Crab Invasion At San Diego Beaches May Signal Coming El Niño

June 12
By Susan Murphy

Massive numbers of small red crabs that normally inhabit the warm waters off of Baja California have invaded San Diego’s beaches — from Ocean Beach to La Jolla.

Women Make History At Camp Pendleton, Train For Combat Roles

Women Make History At Camp Pendleton, Train For Combat Roles

June 10
By Susan Murphy

The yearlong experiment to determine whether women can serve in ground combat is wrapping up. "I think for the males they kind of expected us to be ... the moms, the sisters — kind of take care of us. But now they’re like, ‘OK, we’re a Marine, you’re a Marine. Let’s just get the job done,’" said Marine Sgt. Zarina Flemming.

West Nile Virus Off To Aggressive Start In San Diego County

West Nile Virus Off To Aggressive Start In San Diego County

June 5
By Susan Murphy

So far, 29 dead birds have tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease in San Diego County compared to one or two cases last year at this time.

Strengthening El Niño Raises Hope For Bone-Dry San Diego

Strengthening El Niño Raises Hope For Bone-Dry San Diego

May 25
By Susan Murphy

El Niño conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean are gaining strength. The latest forecast signals a moderate to strong event come fall or winter.

Neighbors Help Family Rebuild After Devastating Cocos Fire

Neighbors Help Family Rebuild After Devastating Cocos Fire

May 14
By Susan Murphy

It was a year ago that a dozen wildfires whipped by Santa Ana winds roared through San Diego County. The fires devoured nearly 27,000 acres and destroyed 63 homes. Those who lost homes continue today to work to rebuild them.

Fire Officials Say San Diego Should Brace For 'Unprecedented' Fire ...

Fire Officials Say San Diego Should Brace For 'Unprecedented' Fire Season

May 8
By Susan Murphy

Despite this week’s rain showers and cool temperatures, state and local fire officials are warning, come summer and fall, San Diego County could be poised for one of its worst fire seasons ever.

San Diego POWs Relive History At Greatest Generation Naval Museum

San Diego POWs Relive History At Greatest Generation Naval Museum

May 6
By Susan Murphy

The Greatest Generation Naval Museum in El Cajon recently hosted a special group of World War II veterans. The sights and sounds of the historic aircraft brought back vivid memories of the war from seven decades ago.

California Drought Killed 12 Million Forest Trees Since Last Year

California Drought Killed 12 Million Forest Trees Since Last Year

May 4
By Susan Murphy

In San Diego County, 82,528 trees, mostly Jeffrey pines across Mount Laguna, have succumbed to a lack of rainfall, with many more struggling to survive.

Vietnam War Ended 40 Years Ago But Lives On For MIA Families

Vietnam War Ended 40 Years Ago But Lives On For MIA Families

April 23
By Susan Murphy

Point Loma's Elaine Zimmer Davis lost her Marine pilot husband in 1969 when his plane was shot down over Vietnam. Capt. Jerry Zimmer is one of 1,600 U.S. service members who is still listed as missing in action from the Vietnam War.

Santa Ana Winds Bring High Fire Danger To San Diego County

Santa Ana Winds Bring High Fire Danger To San Diego County

April 15
By Susan Murphy

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from 11 p.m. Wednesday until 5 p.m. Thursday for San Diego County's inland and mountain areas, where winds are expected to gust from 30 mph to 70 mph.

San Diego-Based Troops Return From Middle East

San Diego-Based Troops Return From Middle East

April 14
By Susan Murphy

The Marines and sailors were heavily involved in Operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition campaign focused on combating the self-proclaimed Islamic State terror group.

San Diego County's Water Use Soars Amid Drought

San Diego County's Water Use Soars Amid Drought

April 9
By Susan Murphy

Despite long-standing calls for cutbacks, San Diego County’s overall water use in February soared 13 percent higher than for the same period in 2013.

Special Operations Marine To Receive Navy Cross At Camp Pendleton

Special Operations Marine To Receive Navy Cross At Camp Pendleton

April 9
By Susan Murphy

A special operations Marine will receive the Marine Corps' second-highest combat medal during a ceremony Thursday at Camp Pendleton.

San Diego Chaldean Leader Pushes For Iraq, Syria Refugee Bill

San Diego Chaldean Leader Pushes For Iraq, Syria Refugee Bill

March 26
By Susan Murphy

"My message to Congress is clear," said Mark Arabo, advocate for Iraqi Christians. "If they do not pass this bill, then they’re sentencing my people to death."

San Diegans — Get Ready For Another Heat Wave

San Diegans — Get Ready For Another Heat Wave

March 25
By Susan Murphy

Temperatures across San Diego County could reach 20 degrees above average on Thursday and Friday — from 90 degrees in the inland valleys to the upper 80s along the coast.

Another Heat Wave Takes Aim At San Diego County

Another Heat Wave Takes Aim At San Diego County

March 24
By Susan Murphy

Temperatures along the coast could reach 20 to 25 degrees above average, soaring to the 90-degree mark or higher on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Some San Diego Farmers Shut Off Water In Prolonged Drought

Some San Diego Farmers Shut Off Water In Prolonged Drought

March 20
By Susan Murphy

San Diego’s 4,000 farms have been hit hard from drought — not because they have run out of water, but because water is squeezing their budgets.

San Diego Veterans Invited To Voice Questions, Concerns At Town Hall

San Diego Veterans Invited To Voice Questions, Concerns At Town Hall

March 23
By Susan Murphy

The forum is one of many the Veterans Affairs is holding around the country to improve services and rebuild community trust.

San Diego-Based Troops Named On ISIS 'Hit List'

San Diego-Based Troops Named On ISIS 'Hit List'

March 23
By Susan Murphy

Nearly three dozen U.S. troops, including some based on the USS Carl Vinson from San Diego, were named on a "hit list" by the self-proclaimed Islamic State terror group, according to the Marine Corps Times.

Drought Deepens But No New Water Restrictions For San Diego County

Drought Deepens But No New Water Restrictions For San Diego County

March 18
By Susan Murphy

California’s new water regulations that put limits on outdoor watering days will have little effect on San Diego County because similar conservation measures are already in place here.

Heat Wave Brings Record Temperatures To San Diego

Heat Wave Brings Record Temperatures To San Diego

March 16
By Susan Murphy

A heat wave that gripped San Diego from Friday through Sunday, the last weekend of winter, shattered previous daytime high temperatures by as much as 9 degrees.

Winter Heat Wave Hits San Diego County

Winter Heat Wave Hits San Diego County

March 12
By Susan Murphy

Record-breaking heat is expected to develop across San Diego County starting Friday and continuing through Monday.

Wounded Warriors Helped At San Diego VA By Fellow Amputees

Wounded Warriors Helped At San Diego VA By Fellow Amputees

March 11
By Susan Murphy

Hundreds of military members lost arms and legs during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Amputees who come to the prosthetic department at the San Diego VA Medical Center find a special connection to those providing their care.

Free Windows, Doors Installed In 3,000 Homes Near San Diego Airport

Free Windows, Doors Installed In 3,000 Homes Near San Diego Airport

Feb. 26
By Susan Murphy

To lessen noise from Lindbergh Field, the Quieter Home Program offers new doors and windows for homes under airplane flight paths.

San Diego Congressman Vargas, Civic Leaders Speak Out Against Trade...

San Diego Congressman Vargas, Civic Leaders Speak Out Against Trade Proposal

Feb. 23
By Susan Murphy

Rep. Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) and a dozen civic and religious leaders rallied Monday against President Barack Obama’s request to Congress for “fast track” trade authority.

Camp Pendleton Tests Ability To Deploy 50,000 Troops

Camp Pendleton Tests Ability To Deploy 50,000 Troops

Feb. 23
By Susan Murphy

Some 1,700 Marines and sailors are participating in the training at the Camp Pendleton that will prepare military leaders for how to execute such a large operation should they be called to do so.

San Diego-Based Troops On USS Carl Vinson Launch Daily Airstrikes A...

San Diego-Based Troops On USS Carl Vinson Launch Daily Airstrikes Against ISIS

Feb. 19
By Susan Murphy

Thousands of troops on board the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson are at the center of the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

San Diego Doctor Returns From Ebola Mission In Liberia

San Diego Doctor Returns From Ebola Mission In Liberia

Feb. 16
By Susan Murphy

It’s been nearly a year since the deadly Ebola crisis hit West Africa and sent a ripple of fear across the world. From the beginning, a San Diego-based humanitarian group, Project Concern International, has been on the front lines of the outbreak.

San Diego Remains In Drought's Grip

San Diego Remains In Drought's Grip

Feb. 9
By Susan Murphy

An atmospheric river of rain drenched Northern California over the weekend, but San Diego remains in the grips of a historic drought — receiving less than half of an inch of precipitation since Jan. 1.

'SkySpire' Attraction Proposed For San Diego Waterfront

'SkySpire' Attraction Proposed For San Diego Waterfront

Feb. 9
By Susan Murphy

“SkySpire San Diego” would be a 250-foot tall cylinder-shaped tower, topped with a restaurant that offers 360-degree views of San Diego Bay. Passengers would be lifted to the top in enclosed gondolas that spiral to and from the observation deck.

San Diego's NASSCO Experiencing A Shipbuilding Boom

San Diego's NASSCO Experiencing A Shipbuilding Boom

Feb. 6
By Susan Murphy

NASSCO’s third mobile landing platform ship will be christened on Saturday amid a building boom at the company's Barrio Logan shipyard.

Climate Change Threatens More Than 120 Native Bird Species In San D...

Climate Change Threatens More Than 120 Native Bird Species In San Diego

Jan. 30
By Susan Murphy

Every winter, San Diego’s lagoons and beaches attract thousands of migrating birds. The region is a crucial refueling spot along one of the world’s busiest bird flight paths. But climate change may leave a lot of birds looking for new place to land.

San Diego County Creates Task Force To Tackle Human Trafficking

San Diego County Creates Task Force To Tackle Human Trafficking

Jan. 20
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

The San Diego Violent Human Trafficking & Child Exploitation Task Force will bring together the collaborative force of local, state and federal law enforcement to investigate organized human trafficking operations.

San Diego-Based Marines Training Iraqis In Fight Against ISIS

San Diego-Based Marines Training Iraqis In Fight Against ISIS

Jan. 19
By Susan Murphy

Three years after U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq, some San Diego-based Marines have returned to rebuild Iraq’s disintegrated army in the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

World War II POWs In San Diego Attend Private 'Unbroken' Screening

World War II POWs In San Diego Attend Private 'Unbroken' Screening

Jan. 15
By Susan Murphy

World War II POWs in San Diego and their families were treated to a free private showing of the movie "Unbroken." Many of the veterans said they could relate to the harrowing war story.

Volunteers Needed For San Diego County's Homeless Count

Volunteers Needed For San Diego County's Homeless Count

Jan. 12
By Susan Murphy

The annual count, which is on Jan. 23, enables San Diego County to qualify for federal funds that help pay for programs to help the homeless.