Murieta braces for rain and wind this week

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[Updated Dec. 8] The latest on the coming storm: A National Weather Service flood watch is in effect from Wednesday evening through Friday evening, and a high wind watch is in effect from Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon.  Rancho Murieta’s governing organizations are taking steps to address the storm. Read more » about Murieta braces for rain and wind this week

A good-morning sign from above

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A great day

Sometimes you just know it's going to be a good day, even if the forecast calls for rain. Jude Gaither shares this photo, taken Saturday morning on Abierto Drive. Read more » about A good-morning sign from above

What's the saying? 'Red sky at night...'

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Sunset

It's the time of year when we all expect the days to be hot.  But then, almost nightly, comes the moment when the sun slips out of view, a breeze comes up, and summer seems downright wonderful.  Sunday night at the western edge of Murieta, the sunset and a breeze promised a sailor's delight, if the old rhyme is to be believed.  The weather forecast for the coming week says the days will be hot.  But then we knew that already. Read more » about What's the saying? 'Red sky at night...'

Saturday morning on Lake Calero

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Fishing

Fishermen set out to enjoy a full lake, sunny skies and good fishing Saturday morning at Lake Calero. Recent rains allowed diversions from the Cosumnes River to fill Calero and the other reservoirs to capacity, the Community Services District announced at its meeting this week. But with long-term forecasts predicting the drought will continue, the question is how long the water may have to last, and a 20 percent cutback in water use is still in effect here and throughout the state, the CSD said. Read more » about Saturday morning on Lake Calero

The final week of winter looks like summer

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Lake Clementia beach

With temperatures climbing into the 80s Sunday afternoon, Murietans went straight into summer mode, and it was time for beach volleyball, playing in the sand, swimming and picnicking at Lake Clementia. Read more » about The final week of winter looks like summer

The moon rises on a new season

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Moonrise

Spring arrives in a few days, but Saturday night, as a full moon rose over Lake Calero, the air was warm and alive with nature sounds.  It certainly sounded like spring. Read more » about The moon rises on a new season

Storm floods roads, fells trees

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Rio Oso fallen tree

Fallen treeThe weekend storm flooded roads in the area and downed trees in Rancho Murieta. Above, a large oak limb fell on Rio Oso Drive at 1 Park early Sunday, burying the homeowner's van but sparing the house's new roof.  Saturday evening, right, an oak estimated at 40 to 50 feet tall fell onto a driveway and car on Camino Del Lago.  Rancho Murieta Association pitched in to help the homeowners clear the debris.  Sunday morning, CHP reported two or three feet of water at Jackson Road and Kiefer Boulevard, by Cosumnes River Elementary.  Scott Road was flooded in a couple of spots.  At about 8:30 a.m., nearly 50 homes in Rancho Murieta experienced a power outage, with reduced voltage. In late morning, CHP reported two stretches of White Rock Road were flooded. Read more » about Storm floods roads, fells trees

Winter sun warms a January afternoon

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Stonehouse in January

The last Sunday in January at Stonehouse Park was full of kids in shorts and T-shirts shooting hoops, riding bikes and shagging fly balls.  Neighbors sat on lawn chairs in the dog park and watched their dogs play.  The National Weather Service predicts a breakdown of the high pressure that has blocked storms from Northern California for weeks and the forecasters say there's a chance of rain late this week.  They say it isn't likely to be a drought-buster of a storm but, hey, we have to start somewhere. Read more » about Winter sun warms a January afternoon

The hottest July 4 ever? It will take a lot

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July 4 high temperatures

Red square The schedule for a fun (and hot) July 4

It's not clear just how hot this July 4 will get, but it will have plenty of company in our weather history.  Since 1982, when Rancho Murieta held its first July 4 parade, there have been six July 4s with triple-digit highs.  Just two years ago it hit 102.  But that doesn't come near the highest, 111 in 1991.  The 1982 parade marched in temperatures that didn't top 80, the coolest July 4 in parade history, and good thing -- that parade started at 4:30 p.m.  Anybody up for trying that this year? (Source: Temperatures at Executive Airport, The Old Farmer's Almanac, almanac.com.) Read more » about The hottest July 4 ever? It will take a lot

Two-hour power outage hits Rancho Murieta

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SMUD crew

SMUD workers repaired a power pole on Jackson Road Sunday morning.  Wind had snapped the pole at its base.

Red square Inside: Four more photos from the storm

[Updated 8:45 p.m.] Weather caused a two-hour power outage in Rancho Murieta Sunday morning, dousing traffic lights on Jackson Road and leaving more than 1,000 households without power.  Also dark was the Country Club, where kids at the annual Santa Brunch sat on Santa's lap by candlelight. Repair work continued into Sunday night. Read more » about Two-hour power outage hits Rancho Murieta

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