more about: el nino

15 ways to prepare your yard for El Niño

We’re hoping that storms this winter will replenish the much-needed mountain snow pack and fill our depleted reservoirs to the brim. But if El Niño predictions hold true, it could be too much of a good thing.

El Niño prep: Harvest rain from your roof

Santa Fe permaculture landscape designer Nate Downey knows the drill: Do a rain dance for weeks, then rejoice as it falls before cursing the flooding and erosion it causes.

Snow! Snow! Snow! (And music too.)

From my inbox this week, two hopeful portents for this winter. The first, which arrived yesterday, was a press release touting the imminent release of a holiday album by the San Francisco roots rock band Train: Christmas in Tahoe.

Want to see the best street art in Seattle? Pray for rain!

Giving Seattleites something to look forward to when the clouds roll in, Peregrine Church and his merry band of artists spent much of last winter creating what they call Rainworks. Using a hydrophobic substance, they sprayed designs on the sidewalk that become visible only when wet. (The safe, biodegradable coating wears off after a few months.) This fall, the group raised enough money via Kickstarter to begin distributing the […]