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By Max Zimbert | February 21, 2010
A storm that could?ve caused debris flow Saturday morning was a false alarm, authorities said. National Weather Service officials had forecasted up to two inches of rain and thunderstorms, which triggered public safety fears of similar short periods of intense rain that damaged 43 homes two weeks ago. Severe weather conditions failed to materialize and no damage was reported, and evacuation orders for nearly 200 homes in La Cañada and...
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By Mary O'Keefe | August 2, 2007
Weather conditions on Earth and Mars are plaguing two JPL missions. The Phoenix Mars Lander, which had a scheduled launch Friday, has now been postponed to Saturday at 3:02 a.m. PST. The delay is due to severe weather at the Kennedy Space Center, while the rovers Opportunity and Spirit are still battling a severe dust storm on the Martian surface. Severe weather conditions surrounded the Kennedy Space Center launch pad on Tuesday afternoon delaying the second stage fueling. The Phoenix is planned to arrive on Mars in the spring of 2008.
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May 21, 2009
A ribbon-cutting event was held yesterday at Vincent Gap Vista Point in the Angeles National Forest as Caltrans reopened to the public a portion of Angeles Crest Highway after completing $10.5 million in repairs there. The ceremony, held about 12 miles west of the town of Wrightwood, featured speakers Doug Failing, director of Caltrans District 7 (Los Angeles and Ventura counties); Brad Mitzelfelt, supervisor of District 1, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors; and Capt. Gregory Peck, California Highway Patrol, Southern Division.
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By Mary O'Keefe | May 4, 2006
Singer Joni Mitchell may write that humans "really don't know clouds at all," but JPL scientists are about to change that with Friday's launch of two satellites whose mission is to reveal the inner secrets of clouds. CloudSat, managed by La Cañada's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is one of two spacecraft that will join three others in orbit around the Earth. The four will form the "A-Train" of weather and atmospheric satellites. The second satellite is Calipso, managed by Langley.
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By Mary O’Keefe | January 1, 2009
Earthbound stories in 2008 dealt with roller coaster gas prices, an economy in crisis and a state budget deficit that continues to grow. But among the stars the stories were of survival, finding new worlds and continuous exploration managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “We started this year with our 50th Anniversary of Explorer 1, the first American satellite after Sputnik,” said Dr. Charles Elachi, JPL director, in a year-end interview with the Valley Sun. “That was built at JPL, in our own backyard.
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By Mary O’Keefe | November 13, 2008
This has been a difficult week Martian week, with one Jet Propulsion Laboratory mission ending a few weeks earlier than expected and a longtime rover on the brink of power failure. On Tuesday, JPL announced that the Mars rover named Spirit was running out of power due to a regional dust storm that hit the area hard and fast. “The last communications with Spirit was over the weekend,” said John Callas, Mars Exploration Rover project manager. “On Monday we sent commands to the rover not to talk to us until Thursday.
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November 1, 2007
Make La Cañada more fire-safe I want to thank Carol Cormaci on her column last week, “We escaped unscathed. . . this time.” I hope it’s the opening salvo of a public and city campaign to make La Cañada more fire-safe. The horrible fact is that La Canada will burn someday; we cannot ignore the facts. We area heavily forested Southern California city that abuts dry, brush-covered foothills. We experience Santa Ana winds every year.
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By Max Zimbert | February 21, 2010
A storm that could?ve caused debris flow Saturday morning was a false alarm, authorities said. National Weather Service officials had forecasted up to two inches of rain and thunderstorms, which triggered public safety fears of similar short periods of intense rain that damaged 43 homes two weeks ago. Severe weather conditions failed to materialize and no damage was reported, and evacuation orders for nearly 200 homes in La Cañada and...
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By Mary O'Keefe | August 2, 2007
Weather conditions on Earth and Mars are plaguing two JPL missions. The Phoenix Mars Lander, which had a scheduled launch Friday, has now been postponed to Saturday at 3:02 a.m. PST. The delay is due to severe weather at the Kennedy Space Center, while the rovers Opportunity and Spirit are still battling a severe dust storm on the Martian surface. Severe weather conditions surrounded the Kennedy Space Center launch pad on Tuesday afternoon delaying the second stage fueling. The Phoenix is planned to arrive on Mars in the spring of 2008.
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