Jacob Margolis

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From the consequences of climate change to the next Big One, the threat of another natural disaster is never far away. I help Southern Californians understand the science shaping our imperfect paradise and get them prepared for what’s next.

Stories by Jacob Margolis

Ferguson fire near Yosemite harbinger of California's fire year ahead

The Ferguson fire continues to threaten Yosemite, as it more than doubled in size over the past few days. The hot and dry conditions that've made it difficult to tackle the blaze have been present across other parts of the state, hinting at a destructive fire year ahead for California.

California's rainy season was pretty dry. Here's what that means for you

While we had a lot of precipitation last year, this year has been below average. What does that mean for our water supplies, considering we're only a year removed from crippling drought?

Why SoCal's big, bad storm didn't live up to the hype

Before the storm made landfall earlier this week, it was forecast to dump 10 inches of rain in the Santa Barbara mountains. Where did all of that water go?

Why atmospheric rivers can be a blessing and a curse

Atmospheric rivers are a vital source of California's water supply, but they also can trigger mudslides given their often heavy rains.

California was in for one of the driest winters on record. Then March happened

By the end of February, it looked like the state was going to experience one of its driest winters ever. Then storms started to roll in. But will they be enough?

#SoCalSoCurious: Ask us anything about water in California!

Barring a "March Miracle" of rain and snow, this winter could be one of the warmest and driest on record — and that could mean drought.

Here's what that last storm did for California's water supply

Before last week's storm, this year's winter was on track to be the warmest and driest on record.

JPL is sending a giant ear into space to listen to the insides of Mars

For the first time, scientists are trying to get a snapshot of the Red Planet's interior, and they're doing it with the first landing probe to Mars in six years.

California's coastal marshes could be washed out to sea by 2110

We could lose one of California's most defining, and important, ecological features by the end of the century, due to climate change.

​Court rules Los Angeles sheriff violated immigrants' rights

Immigrant advocates say the ruling affects thousands of people who were held under immigration detainers issued by the federal government.

La Niña is on its way out. What does that mean for California?

The La Niña climate pattern is associated with drier weather in Southern California, but that doesn't mean that things are going to get wetter if it goes away.

LA billionaire in talks to buy Los Angeles Times

Patrick Soon-Shiong — an L.A.-based billionaire, physician and major Tronc shareholder — is in advanced talks to purchase the L.A. Times, according to NPR's David Folkenflik.

This winter is so hot and dry that 'severe drought' has returned to SoCal

You might've thought that last year's rain dump saved us from drought conditions, but Southern California never fully recovered.

Nearly $2 billion in losses claimed following SoCal's December wildfires

More than 13,000 claims were made following one of the most destructive wildfire seasons on record.

Heads up! Don't miss the Super Blue Blood Moon

Before dawn on Wednesday, the moon's going to be extra large, quite red and not at one bit blue. Here's what that means.