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clouds, sun and warm temps for rest of the weekend

A heavy marine layer rolled into the Southland this morning, but the long 4th of July weekend is expected to end with sunshine in the afternoon. Here in Burbank, cloudy skies and temperatures in the 60s on this Sunday morning. The forecast for the Media City calls for temps to warm up into the 80s by late today. The cloudy skies and patchy fog return tonight. This weather pattern expected to continue  for SoCal through most of the work week with even cooler temperatures by Thursday.

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Strong winds knocked down tree on Oak Street near Beachwood Drive in Burbank April 30, 2014

Strong winds down tree in Burbank

The gusting Santa Ana winds claimed a victim in Burbank this morning. Strong winds knocked down a sweet gum tree on Oak Street near Beachwood Drive shortly after 8 a.m. Only minutes before,  students swarmed through the intersection to get to nearby David Starr Jordan Middle School on Mariposa Street. An Oak Street resident says she heard “a crack and then a bang!” The tree toppled across Oak Street, striking a parked white Saturn. Damage appeared to be minor. Also, the sweet gum tree took down a utility line.... Read More →

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Watch out for that fake earthquake warning

Earthquakes are serious business in the Southland. The shaking has continued almost non-stop since that 5.1 sizeable quake struck near La Habra last Friday night causing some damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says there have been hundreds of aftershocks. This morning, there were a couple of 2.5 tremors and a 3.0 shaker in the area of Friday’s moderate quake. Understandably, some folks are a little jittery and some nerves a bit frayed.  And someone is trying to make that situation worse. There’s a fake letter reportedly... Read More →

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Earthquakes shake up the Southland and movie screenings of “Noah”

A lot of rocking and rolling in SoCal Friday evening as dozens of earthquakes rumble through the region.  A 3.6 magnitude quake near La Habra at 8:03 p.m.last night kicked off a swarm of shakers centered in Orange County. That was apparently a foreshock to a moderate 5.1 quake, which rolled and swayed through our area at around 9:09 p.m.. It  was felt in seven counties — from Ventura to the Mexican border.  We definitely felt that one here in Burbank! There have been more than 30... Read More →

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Earthquake rocks the Southland today!

  UPDATE: 8:12 a.m. The quake was felt as far north as Santa Barbara and south to Fullerton in Orange County. Seismologist, Robert W. Graves, says the quake was felt by so many people because the epicenter was so close to a population center. Graves, speaking at a news conference at Caltech in Pasadena,  also said “it is possible” the shaker could be a “foreshock” to an even larger quake. So far, no reports of serious injury or damage.   The Southland rocked this morning by an earthquake.... Read More →

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Temperatures heating up in Burbank and the rest of the Southland

  It looks like the Southland is heading into the first heat wave of the summer.  Some parts of the valley could get up into the triple digits over the next few days. Burbank is already sizzling. Today at 12:30 p.m. the high was 87 in the Media City and felt even warmer. B-town can expect highs in at least the 90s tomorrow through Monday. There will be plenty of sunshine go along with the hot temperatures. Yeah, summer is here.

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“Looking for love” contest: Win book contract, $10,000, and maybe get movie deal

  There are tons of talented writers in the Southland, especially here in the Media City, with all kinds of stories to tell. One of them could have just what Quirk Books is searching for through its “Looking for love” contest. Quirk is not on the prowl for the typical love story. This company likes to publish offbeat books like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” which became a New York Times bestseller and is in development to become a movie. Another Quirk book, “Miss Peregrine’s Home... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot blows up to $114 million!

The Mega Millions jackpot is on a money roll again. The lucky numbers for yesterday’s lottery  draw: 14, 42, 49, 54 ,55, and the Mega ball 31. No one picked all of the winning numbers so the jackpot is now $114 million. Two players in California scored five of Friday’s numbers — one bought the ticket in SoCal at World Express 2002 Del Amo Boulevard in Long Beach. That ticket is worth $122, 730. The next chance to win this Mega... Read More →

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Wow! It’s really cold outside in Burbank

  You’ve gotta bundle up to go outside in Burbank. An arctic blast of cold air is making it feel like we’re in Burbank, Illinois. Where did our relatively mild SoCal winter weather go and more importantly, when is it coming back? The lows dipped into the 30s this morning and the high is only expected to reach the mid 50s in the Media City today. The Southland has been suffering with this kind of frigid weather for the past few... Read More →

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Photo: John Shearer/Wireimage/People -- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge say good-bye before boarding a plane back to the UK this afternoon at LAX July 10, 2011

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Southland

Prince William and Kate Middleton left Los Angeles for home this afternoon, after an events packed three day visit to SoCal, which included a polo match in Santa Barbara, mingling with Hollywood stars at a gala, and chatting with inner-city kids on L.A.’s  Skid Row. People Magazine has complete coverage of the Royals’ visit on the last leg of their North American tour.  Also, check out People’s photo gallery of William and Kate doing the Southland here. For more photos of William and Kate’s tour, Read More →

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Lottery News: Mega Millions jackpot hits $44 million, a Southland ticket worth more than half a million bucks

A lot of money on the line in the Mega Millions lottery draw tonight. The jackpot is hovering at around $44 million. In last Tuesday’s game no one picked all of the winning numbers — but one Southland player got all but the Mega Ball correct. Tuesday’s numbers: 1, 19, 20, 31, 36 and the Mega Ball 9. That lucky SoCal Mega Millions ticket was bought at the Valero Fuel Station 1285 East Vernon Avenue in Los Angeles. The ticket is worth $598,... Read More →

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A rainy March producing beautiful hillside gardens in Burbank

  More rain overnight in Burbank and a 30 percent chance of shower activity today. March 2011 has turned out to be a pretty wet month for the Southland. The relentless storms have battered the roads and frayed the nerves of commuters — but left the local hillsides green and the flowers and plants blooming in Burbank. And that’s a lovely sight to see. Brighter days are ahead. Tomorrow, sunshine returns to the forecast and, so far, no indication of rain through next Saturday. We’ll finally get a  chance to really dry out and... Read More →

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Some sun today — but more rain coming

After morning showers, the sun came out in Burbank today. Don’t get fooled and ditch that umbrella, the vicious storm system that beat the heck out of the Southland yesterday — is not done yet. There’s a 20 percent chance of  more rain today — and thunderstorms that could produce hail! It will be breezy, but not like the strong winds we got yesterday. The high will reach only in the 50s here in the Media City.  The weather picture is improving — slowly.

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Major storm battering the Southland

Burbank and the rest of the Southland is getting hammered by a major storm system this afternoon. The rain is coming down in sheets. Powerful winds are whipping through the area. The National Weather Service says rain is falling at a quarter to a half an inch an hour and that could increase to an inch per hour by nightfall. The NWS has issued a flood advisory for small streams and roadways. Also, there is the chance of mud and rock slides on roadways as... Read More →

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Rain, lightning, and thunder in Burbank

  A lot rain falling in Burbank this morning. Just before 9 a.m. lightning flashed across the sky, followed by rumbling thunder in B-town. The calendar says it’s the first day of spring. It still feels like winter. This Pacific storm is pounding the entire Southland and is expected to continue the assault through tonight. This storm is packing winds 15-to-30 mph with some gusts reaching 45 mph. Also, it’s cold outside. The high in the Media City — only in the 50s.  The weather is... Read More →

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Freaky weather: sunshine, rain, and hail in Burbank

A brief period of sunshine gave way to more dark clouds, then rain, and just before noon, hail in Burbank!  The hard pebbles pounded the roof of my house and created white patches of quickly melting ice on the ground in the hillside area. The weather is freaky out there today. Don’t get faked out by a little sunshine —  keep that umbrella handy.

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Photo Gallery: The “Peas” to rock the Super Bowl

The hip Grammy winning SoCal band, The Black Eyed Peas, is planning to really rock the house at the Super Bowl on Sunday. In a post on the Spin Magazine website, band member will.i.am described their plans for Super Bowl XLV:  “We’re known for doing outlandish things and we’re going to make this a big spectacle.” The Super Bowl is one of the most watched television events of the year. The Spin article has more on past Super Bowl halftime shows, some details on the “Peas” spectacle, and what this performance means to the Southland... Read More →

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Winter in the Southland: Sunny and warm this weekend

A really warm and sunny  MLK holiday weekend for the Southland. I love it!  The temperatures began to sizzle yesterday, when the high reached 81 in Burbank! In the middle of January — this is how we do winter in SoCal. By 1 p.m. this afternoon, once again, the temperature cracked the 80 degree mark in the Media City. More of the same is expected on Sunday and Monday. I was out at a gardening shop this morning, and someone referred... Read More →

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Another winter storm pounds the Southland

UPDATED 12:30 p.m: Monday, January 3rd, 2011 This very cooold storm is slowly moving East, leaving behind clearing skies, some sun, and a few showers here and there in Burbank and the rest of SoCal. As the rain diminishes, the winds are expected to kick up. The weather watchers are predicting winds of 15-to-25 mph with gusts reaching possibly 30 mph this evening and overnight. #### Another frigid weather system is hovering over Burbank and the rest of the Southland today. I was out... Read More →

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Sun comes out after storm barrels through Southland

  The still soggy Southland got dumped on by another storm system. A sunny Christmas Day brought out joggers in shorts and tee shirts in the Media City, however, dark clouds rolled in during the late evening bringing rain and gusty winds. At 8:30 p.m. Christmas night, rain was pounding Burbank and would continue to do so, off and on, for several hours. Early this morning, the storm blew out of the Southland leaving behind cloudy skies and some sunshine. However, we could get a rainstorm... Read More →

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Umbrella time — several storms headed our way

Your umbrella will probably be your constant companion over the next few days. Rain is in the forecast through next Thursday — which means a whole lot of folks will be scrambling to finish up their holiday shopping under stormy skies. Weather watchers are saying a series of strong Pacific storms will batter Southern California with winds and periods of heavy rain. In Burbank this morning, raindrops are falling and the winds are kicking up. Also, the temperatures will remain on... Read More →

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Media City weather outshines the other Burbank

Sunny and warm in the Media City today with highs in the mid-70s. Even warmer temperatures are expected later on in the week. Yes, this is what December can feel like in the Southland.   Meanwhile in Burbank, Illinois today, folks are dealing with high temps in the mid-20s. Tomorrow, they have a 30 percent chance of snow.  Brrrrrr!!! It’s almost winter and you can still walk around in tee shirts and shorts here. Yippee!  One of the best things about living in SoCal... Read More →

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