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Climate and weather — the two are so often confused. A meteorologist from the National Weather Service will be at the Menlo Park Library to explain the distinctions and to answer questions on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

The National Weather Service is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (a division of the Department of Commerce) with a network of 122 local weather forecast offices and numerous regional centers that keep tabs around the clock on weather, fire, river, coast and ocean conditions.

NWS forecasters rely on a network of radars, satellites, ocean buoys, weather balloons, other observations, and supercomputers to provide timely, accurate, and reliable forecasts. They also issue critical watches and warnings before extreme weather strikes.

Rain soaked leaf by Robb Most (c) 2017

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Overnight rain means for wet streets in the morning

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Menlo Park folks stepping out to get the morning paper or take the kids to school encountered wet streets, the product of overnight rain. InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ recorded another .25″, bringing his season-to-date to 3.25″. Contributing photographer Robb Most captured some wet leaves on a tree trunk.

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Sunday’s rain is more a trickle than a drencher

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If you read the weather forecast a few days, it was supposed to rain all day today. Instead it simply sputtered off and on, with temperatures feeling almost balmy. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “Just a paltry .1”. That is 3” season-to-date. Last year at this time, 5.1”, and two years ago, 2.5”. I […]

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Rain that lingered gets San Francisquito Creek flowing

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To locals, especially those who walk the Bay Laurel/creek loop, one sign that Fall has fully arrived is seeing San Francisquito Creek flowing under the San Mateo Drive bike/pedestrian bridge. (Note: there’s always water in the creek further up near the Stanford golf course.) We had a hunch that two inches of rain in a […]

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Old-fashioned rainy day in Menlo Park

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Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “As of 7:30 am, 1.1” in my backyard. That is 1.7” season-to-date. This compares to 3.9” last year and 2.15″ two seasons ago. Perhaps more as the day progresses.” That “more” was true around 9:00 am when a hard rain was falling, making the leaves on the colorful liquid […]

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Winter weather preparations completed by City of Menlo Park

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The City of Menlo Park is prepared for the upcoming winter weather. In September, Public Works staff and the San Francisquito Joint Powers Authority walked the length of the San Francisquito Creek. The purpose of the creek walk was to identify items such as downed trees and other large debris in the channel that could […]

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Light rain overnight adds just a bit to seasonal total

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A light rain started around 8:00 pm in Menlo Park Wednesday night and continued to just about dawn, making for damp streets for the morning commute and school rush. InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ recorded .2″ in his rain gauge, brining the season-to-date to .6″. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was out and about as […]

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Morning showers add to trickle of rain this Fall

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By noon Saturday morning, InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ recorded .2″ in his rainfall gauge, giving him .4″ year-to-date. This is compared to 3.9″ a year ago, in what would turn out to be a big rain year. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was not deterred by the wet weather, hiking up Hamms Gulch in […]

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Second rain of the season falls overnight

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Skies were clear by the time the school rush began this morning, but raindrops could be heard on roofs during the night. Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “An even .1” in both my back yard gauges. Adding in the earlier .1“…that is .2” season-to-date. It is time for me to dig up last year’s […]

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Amidst booms and lightning, also the first rainfall of the season

We here at InMenlo are keeping to the traditional rainfall season that starts July 1 and ends June 30. And while there was a lot of lightening and thunder, the rain that fell in the recent downpour measured just .1″, according to InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ. We recall at least one good thunderstorm every […]

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Spotted: Fiery sun rising at start of another hot day in Menlo Park

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People have commented that “the sun looks mad” as it rises in red fiery glow over the eastern hills. It is signally another hot day in Menlo Park with temperatures forecast to top out at 104 degrees later this afternoon. Tomorrow it’s only supposed to get to 94 degrees. Yikes. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c)2017

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