A big picture look at the region:
- There are a number of Southern Californian businesses on the list of top 100 delinquent California taxpayers. Combined, they owe a significant chunk of money: $419 million. California Watch has the list.
- The desert floor in Kern County could receive 1 to 4 inches of snow tonight when a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect, says the National Weather Service, which is encouraging locals to participate in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network to measure and report what fell in their backyard.
- The West's omnipresent dust is becoming even more so, and off-road vehicular recreation may part of that equation, says the New York Times (via LA Observed). KCET's Chris Clarke last week wrote about the loosening of desert pavement and the resulting dust storms in How a Flat Expanse of Boring Gravel is Vital to You and the Desert.
- A UC San Diego researcher has developed a technique to assess the magnitude of large earthquakes faster. Such a development could drastically speed up the time it takes to alert the public of a tsunami warning, according to Nature News.
- The Banda music craze (listen to examples of it here and here) is being blamed for a rash of tuba thefts at Southern California schools, reports the LA Times.