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The New York Times, Jan. 12, 2023
California, Inundated
It doesn’t take much rain for road intersections to wind up underwater, says Brett Sanders, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine. He has worked to develop another effort to educate residents: a hyperlocal forecasting system to inform them of the risk that their neighborhoods — or even streets — face from a coming storm. … “This event is a bit of a wake-up call,” he said. “We haven’t had a really severe urban flooding problem of this scale for at least a couple of decades.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

ABC News, Jan. 12, 2023
Torrential rains wreaking havoc on California communities proving beneficial for state’s forests
The same atmospheric river storm system that is bringing devastating flooding to communities all over California is providing relief to the state’s forests, according to experts. Data released last week by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that regions in California and Nevada that were previously in “exceptional drought” status the week before — the highest level of concern — have been alleviated as a result of the rounds of heavy rain that have been walloping the coast. The plethora of extra moisture is likely to stave off a mass die-off of trees in the West, Jim Randerson, a [Chancellor’s] Professor of Earth system science at the University of California Irvine, told ABC News.

NBC News, Jan. 12, 2023
California has been hammered with rain. It may not be enough to reverse its drought.
“If you can harvest that stormwater, pump it underground into basins or store it through reservoirs or natural engineering means like wetlands, the better you do that, the more equipped you’ll be in dry periods,” said David Feldman, a professor of urban planning and public policy at the University of California Irvine.

KCBS, Jan. 11, 2023 (Video)
Have the recent storms put a dent in California’s historic drought?
The next series of storms will build an even deeper snowpack that is now more than 200% of normal. As it melts into streams, water managers are hoping the water can be captured. However, others are worried that weather extremes caused by climate change could quickly melt the snow and cause devastating consequences. “Snow is like a natural reservoir,” said UC Irvine engineering professor Amir Aghakouchak. “It helps but also a lot of snow, especially if you have a warm spring, can increase your chances of flooding.”

National Geographic, Jan. 11, 2023
Why the new Alzheimer’s drug is eliciting both optimism and caution
Alzheimer’s disease still has no proven cure, although there are treatments to help manage some of its symptoms. Patients and their families are desperate for treatments that will slow the disease’s progression and prolong the period during which an individual’s cognitive impairment is still mild and they can go about their daily activities independently, says neurobiologist Joshua Grill, [professor] at the University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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