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that breaking news is in dubai... a fire in a skyscraper.. near dubai's new year's eve fireworks display. and that breaking news is in dubai. it is a fire in a skyscraper near dubai's new year's eve fireworks display. all of this happening in the last hour or so. it's not clear what started that fire, which ran up at least 20 stories. we should point out that this is not the burj khalifa, but it is near it. fire trucks raced to the scene. it is a residential building. no word yet on injuries. dubai was set to ring in the new year in an hour with three separate fireworks displays. thanks for joibing us. i'm kris sanchez. >> and i'm scott mcgrew. in the meantime across the world
people ringing in the new year on a much happier note. new zealand, australia and hong kong. stephanie chuang is in bay area, it is clear behind you in the embarcadero, but we know that is all going to change. >> reporter: very soon. more than 100,000 people expected here, scott and kris. san francisco police say they'll be ready. they have more security this year than in years passed because of heightened security concerns. you can see that the barricades are out. the city has them out here already with preparations under way. this week crews have been getting ready for the fireworks show, setting up the hardware, loading up the shells ahead of tonight's big display at midnight should last about 15 or 20 minutes. the barge will tow away around 11:00 to get into position. the show is electronically controlled. the entire time one to two technicians making sure everything goes smoothly on the
barge. we're talking up to 6,000 devices exploding in a matter of minutes to help bring in 2016. >> you know, this show is not quite as much about beauty as it is just intensity. it is new year's and people are celebrating. that's what we're just kind of giving them an extra bang and boom to ring in the new year. >> reporter: and with all the fun is also a lot of safety precaution. the u.s. coast guard has set up a temporary safety zone 1,000 feet out into the waters off pier 14 around where that barge will be. san francisco police will have officers out in full force in uniform, under cover, patrolling on foot, bicycles and vehicles. signs are up. the area around the ferry will be congested between 11:00 and 1:00 in the morning and that's even conservative. watch out for the crowds and get here early. and i have a suggestion, do not drive. uber also warning surge pricing is highest between 12:30 and 4:00 in the morning. good alternative is public transportation. ac transit all have extended
hours until 5:00 tomorrow morning. b.a.r.t. does not have free service but will extend service through 3:00 in the morning. and of course happy new year, scott and kris, to you in 2016. >> all right. thank you very much, steph. i know you're working tomorrow. we're working tomorrow, so we'll have a nice big toast on the east coast. >> we'll countdown to 7:00 p.m. yeah. so the big question if you're going to stay up past 7:00, what about the weather. will you be able to see the firework sns. >> yeah. scott and kris, it looks nice and clear, but it will be cold. you'll wear lots of layers to basically just try to enjoy the start of 2016. now, looking at these temperatures now it's 50 degrees in the east bay. the peninsula at 46 degrees. we're heading into the low 50s this afternoon, but then as we get closer to that clock counting down it will be all clear in san francisco. the fireworks go up. and we'll start out at 47 degrees at 10:00. 11:00, 46 and then dropping down to 43 degrees.
so, yes, it will be a cool one as we say happy new year, scott and kris. >> all right. thank you much. there are options available to get you home safely. don't get behind the wheel. b.a.r.t. extending the hours until 3:00 a.m. new year's day. there will be more trains as well. there you see caltrain is expanding service with free rides on some of its runs. and other transit agencies offering services free as well. tipsy toe, aaa will offer that. drivers can get a ride and have their cars towed up to ten miles for free. also another warning for people who are selling or using fireworks in san francisco today. if you're caught, it's going to cost you big. law enforcement officials say there is a no-tolerance policy in place for fireworks in the city. with fire crackers and sparklers which are known as safe and sane fireworks. fireworks officials say more than 12,000 people are injured in the united states each year because they're not using those
fireworks properly. the penalty for being caught with illegal fireworks can run anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. well, if you're looking for something to do in the bay area, we've got you covered. go to nbcbayarea.com. see that box right there new year's eve bay area party guide top of the page. you'll find interactive map. there's 60 events with transportation options as well. a developing story in san francisco where crews are trying to fix a sinkhole of muni tracks. this is on church street near 24th. the j church line is delayed because of this. muni riders have to take shuttles to get around the mess. the sinkhole opened up this morning after an 18-inch sewer main failed. crews hope to have things back to normal some time today. details on a last minute play by a south bay soccer league. within the past hour the league asked a judge to block the city of santa clara from turning soccer fields into an nfl media
center for the super bowl. >> nbc bay area's damian trujillo is live outside the county courthouse in san jose. damian, this comes just five weeks before the big game. >> reporter: and as the city attorney for santa clara put it, he's disappointed that this is happening he says at the eleventh hour. in fact, the city is scheduled to hand over the keys to the nfl on monday. and they'll have control of those soccer fields contractually up until after the super bowl. now at issue again is some first class soccer fields right next to levi's stadium. the city says of course it still plans to hand over the keys to the nfl. that is where the nfl is scheduled to house its media compound for monday up until after the super bowl. but the santa clara youth tocker league is trying to get a judge to file an injunction, stopping the nfl from taking over the field. the group claims there are no adequate alternatives for those first class fields. we did speak with some of those soccer players right before the hearing this morning. >> we just want to play on the
soccer field. it's just like i want to get better, you know, and if they get rid of the field, then we have no place to practice. >> reporter: the courtroom was packed with some of those soccer players and their parents. a judge went into chambers with attorneys on both sides and apparently told him he might make a ruling by noon today, but he was leading against that. he did schedule a hearing back here on wednesday at 1:30 at which point he'll consider both sides in this case and see if in fact he will issue that temporary restraining order. and after that it's a wait and see game to see what the nfl does. it does have a contract with the city of santa clara to take over those fields beginning on monday. damian trujillo, nbc bay area. all right. we'll wait to see what happens on wednesday. thanks, damian. happening today. a grandmother in fairfield will be arraigned on charges she murdered her 4-year-old grandson by drowning him in the tub. police say she has confessed.
dawn raines-hewes is in solano county jail. neighbors saw her running out screaming tuesday morning, neighbors went inside and saw the 4-year-old boy lying soaking wet and unmoving on the hallway floor. police took her in for questioning. >> during the questioning of the grandmother -- she admitted to intentional act of drowning the child. >> those who knew her say they know she is a loving and caring person. she is being held on $1 million bail. police need help tracking down a suspect connected to an armed robbery at a gas station. surveillance camera captured this photo of that man. he was wearing a ski mask. and police say he had a handgun when he robbed the valulejo gas station. police think that man is also responsible for several other recent robberies in redwood city
andleandro. look at this surveillance video, a robber walks into a mcdonald's restaurant in the outer mission district last month. the man breaks through a door then makes his way into the back. and you can see him order all the employees to the ground with what appears to be a gun under a cloth. the robber forces one worker to open the safe and clear it out, but he didn't stop there. police are still looking for that robber this morning. if you have any idea who that man is, contact san francisco police. alameda county sheriff's office looking for a gang of burglars made up of two adults and two children. police say the man seen in this surveillance picture distracted the homeowner in castro valley. a woman and two kids went inside and stole several items. police say there have been several burglaries in the recent weeks with similar suspects. so if you know who these people are, you're asked to call the alameda county sheriff's office. up next at 11:00, sounds
like a pretty cool job. white house photographer. going to show you some of his favorite pictures from the past year. plus, make way for history. the biggest ship to ever come into the san francisco bay. we'll have some nice quiet weather to end 2015, but it looks like 2016 gets off to a very wet start. i'll show you that coming up in the microclimate forecast. got a tip for nbc bay area's investigative unit? call 1-888-996-tips, or e-mail theunit@nbc bay area.com. nbc bay area, we investigate.
ago. uber says it's given its billionth ride. it was to a passenger in london. uber in san francisco is where the first ride took place in summer of 2010. and there have been, well, a billion since. the company says the top destination for uber riders in the bay area is the caltrain station. i was kind of hoping for something more exotic. second place fisherman's wharf, ferry building, b.a.r.t. and ucsf. microsoft says this morning it will tell its e-mail users if their e-mails are tapped by governments including our own. it sounds like a positive move letting you know if your e-mail's at risk, but reuters reports it comes after the news service discovered microsoft hadn't been telling people for years including chinese dissidents that the company knew those users were being spied on but didn't do anything. google started warning users about that in 2012 says thousands of its users are
targeted by state-sponsored hackers every single month. looking ahead to next week, the consumer electronics show gets underway in las vegas. you think it's quiet around silicon valley now, wearables once again in focus. and we're pretty sure, kris, samsung is serious about this. it's an electronic belt. they call it the welt. really. it does what your fitbit does only you wear it around obviously your waist. and it does it more discreetly. they're thinking why not have technology that's built-in where it doesn't look like tech. >> i'm in to that idea. i like that. not everybody needs to know all of your business. >> doesn't need lights and buttons, just needs to work. >> that's right. and get you off your bottom. netflix is helping parents put their kids to bed early this new year's eve again, or scott and me. los gatos company is launching six kid oriented specials today that will count down to midnight. parents can set that countdown to run at any time even if it's
hours before actual midnight. netflix did a survey and found that most parents want to tempt their kids into bed before midnight on new year's eve or before the ball drops in new york, which is what we usually do. word of warning to you, airbnb hopes this new year's eve if your guests get out of hand, your insurance may not cover the damage. airbnb covers $1 million liability to hosts but make sure you're completely covered insurance experts say the first is to be honest about the uses for your home or your rental. >> well, lying to your insurance company is insurance fraud. it's essentially that you are honest with your insurer. you know, issues a i rise when your insurance company thinks you're using your home one way only to find out that the conditions have changed. >> insurance experts say that in california, tahoe, san francisco and los angeles will see the
most airbnb guests this new year's holiday. the largest shipping vessel container ever to enter the u.s. it's passing under the golden gate bridge in this bit of video. it's the benjamin franklin. it left a shipyard last month and arrived at the port of oakland about an hour ago. it is 1,300 feet long, which is about the length of four football fields. it's filled with thousands of shipping containers. port leaders say this could change the nature of trade between u.s. and asia. ships this size had only previously run between asia and europe. it's really hard to tell how big it is. >> isn't it amazing you're standing on the embarcadero and you see one go by. even something much smaller how big they are. >> that's where my package is. if a picture's worth a thousand words, then white house photographer pete suza turns out about a million words a day. >> he captures pivotal moments
in history and important ones as well. here's nbc's ron allen. >> reporter: unique behind the scenes close-up photos of a president. serious matters inside the white house. a first daughter drops by the oval office to see her dad. the president with an aide's twin sons, mom wiping away a tear. the year end gallery of white house photographer pete zusa there with mr. obama day in and day out from the start giving nbc news an exclusive first look. >> i probably take between 500 and 2,000 a day. probably about a quarter million a year, somewhere in that. >> reporter: over seven years. >> over seven years. so, yeah, a lot of pictures. >> reporter: part of his mission, to document history. president obama and the first family greeting pope francis, a handshake with cuba's castro, a big smile after the iran nuclear deal. mr. obama there for vice president biden at his son's funeral. >> he is the president of the
united states, but he's also a human being. i try to show his personality as best i can. there's obviously a lot of pictures with little kids in my year end gallery. he loves babiebabies. >> reporter: that's deputy national security adviser ben rhodes ella before the new year's eve party. >> ever see a president lying on the floor in a suit. >> definitely not. >> wide open door policy for staff children. >> and a lot of them are children of working moms. and he knows what a sacrifice they make. in terms of being at work a lot. >> reporter: this year's gallery has 111 pictures. what's souza's favorite? >> my favorite picture will hopefully be the one i make later today or tomorrow. that's what keeps you going. you're trying to get a good picture tomorrow. >> reporter: ron allen, nbc news with the president in honolulu.
>> little later we'll show you clips of jerry seinfeld doing the president, comedian, coffee, cars. >> oh, yeah. >> they get a car and drive around. it's pretty funny. show it in a bit. >> hope it doesn't look like he takes a bad picture. wish he'd follow me around. let's check in with kari and find out about the weather. >> lots of pictures will be taken of this beautiful weather today as we take a live look now at san rafael. this morning it was kind of a mess because we had some fog and freezing temperatures. a lot of spinouts, but as you can see now things are improving as our temperature makes it above freezing. but not by much though. look at how cool it is in the north bay. it's only 40 degrees. it's 48 degrees in san francisco and the peninsula. and the south bay now at 49 degrees. feeling a little bit warmer in a few spots. like willow glen it's 50 degrees, 51 at alan rock park and morgan hill it's 47. hour by hour in the tri-valley we will have more sunshine. a lot more than yesterday. and it will be 48 degrees at
4:00 as you sit down for dinner it will be 41 degrees. and then the temperature drops like a rock. look at how cold it will be tonight. and at midnight we're only at 34 degrees in the tri-valley. so if you will be going out tonight for a party, some of those festivities, make sure you put on some extra layers whatever you have to keep you warm. you will need that tonight. and now our temperatures for today will reach into the mid to low 50s for most of us. and we will only see 54 degrees in santa rosa. these temperatures are still cooler than average. and for those fireworks tonight in san francisco we're down to 43 degrees at midnight. clear and cold conditions. and then into the next couple of days more weather like that. and taking a look at the sierra, this is a look at pinecrest. and we've had quite a bit of snow there recently, but a lot of people bringing in the new year in the sierra. and we just had those surveys made yesterday. and the percent of normal above normal, it's at 136% across the
entire sierra. the water content at 16.3 inches and the snow depth on average at about 5 feet. so it's really looking good. and we will have a couple more weather systems moving in early next week to give us more rain and sierra snow. the weekend forecast brings it up into the mid-50s as we celebrate the start of the new year. dry weather for the start of the weekend, but then by sunday that's when our first weather system will arrive. and we can see it on the satellite imagery a line of clouds and then a second one right behind that. so a couple of systems moving in to start next week will bring in quite a bit of some rain. and it starts on sunday early in the morning with some scattered showers and then a much more widespread heavy rain on tuesday. and it lingers into early wednesday. so looking like we will have a little bit of some busy conditions heading into next week. and of course we'll keep you up-to-date on that, kris and scott. >> all right. we'll be right back.
hacks today at a popular long time bay area golf club. the sunol valley golf club golfers will take their final hacks today at a popular long-time bay area golf club. the sunol valley golf club is shutting down at the end of today after 47 years in business. club's director tells us there's a few reasons that factored into the closure including fewer golfers and higher water bills because of the drought. making matters worse, 80 workers have lost their jobs. from golf to basketball, here's something warriors fans aren't used to seeing, a loss. >> for only the second time this season the dubs came up short end of the score, but there is a good reason. the injury bug caught up with the team. the warriors lost to dallas missing four key players, which included mvp steph curry. they play again tonight in houston. no word yet on whether curry will return to the court tonight
or when at all. >> you know, they don't lose much. when losing becomes news. in pasadena today thousands of volunteers probably tired of smelling the roses. >> and orchids and carnations and all the tulips, final push under way to finish the floats travel down colorado boulevard january 1st. friday will mark the 127th tournament of the roses parade followed by the rose bowl game in which stanford will take on the iowa hawkeyes. >> you can watch the parade on nbc bay area. we've got pre-parade coverage at 8:00. the nhl winter classic at 10:00. doesn't mean kris and i have the day off, no news at 11:00, but a recap of all the day's news at 5:00 p.m. >> what are we going to do with our extra two hours? i don't know. up next at 11:00, keeping the holiday spirit in tact, the reason one bay area neighborhood is keeping their christmas lights on. and guess what, it's not because they're feeling festive. many people clean their dentures
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of accusations that he drugged bill cosby is facing rape charges -- or rather charges of sexual indecency for the first time after years of accusations that he drugged and sexually assaulted dozens of women. >> we brought you images live this time wednesday as cosby walked into court. the charges against him involve just one woman, but many women have made similar accusations. nbc bay area's peggy bunker talked to one of those women. >> the next thing i remember is he's waking me up, roughly. i'm sicker than i've ever been in my life. i'm naked. and i said what happened. >> reporter: tiburon's patricia leary one of 57 women that accused bill cosby of sexual misconduct. bill cosby was being charged for sexually assaulting temple university employee andrea c constrand was -- >> i never thought this day
would happen. so i'm very glad this is the way things have lined up and that this has been made possible by the bravery and courage of andrea constand. >> reporter: she told me about the last time she saw bill cosby, in the late '70s in atlantic city. >> he invited me to come see a taping of the dinosaur show he was performing on the show. >> reporter: that night she says cosby gave her two pills and insisted she take them. the next thing she knew it was morning. >> i was waking up the next morning, my hair was a mess, my makeup was a mess, i was sick again. and i had been penetrated. i could feel that. i confronted him. he called me ungrateful. and he threw me out of his suite. >> reporter: dozens of women have surfaced with similar stories of assault. and while many people just couldn't believe her story about cosby, her husband always did. >> my husband is my rock. i met him about three months after the second assault. he was one of the first people i told about what happened to me.
and he did the best he could to help me move on. put it behind me and move on, because nobody would believe me. >> reporter: peggy bunker, nbc bay area news. to decision 2016 now. and it is actually almost 2016. candidates wanting to be president are not stopping for the holidays. >> strong language from donald trump and some fourth quarter fund raising winners. today in the bay's edward lawrence has more from washington. >> reporter: senator ted cruz toured the damage tornadoes caused in texas. he's the first candidate to do so. also before president obama. >> we heard stories of people in their homes that were just standing in the one spot that didn't collapse. >> reporter: at the same time he raised a whopping $20 million in the fourth quarter, far surpassing his totals for the previous quarter. only ben carson beat that amount for the fourth quarter. senator marco rubio brought in $6 million. this as donald trump amps up his
attacks on the democratic front-runner for president, hillary clinton. >> the husband wants to come, and she wants to accuse me of things, and the husband is one of the great abusers of the world. give me a break. give me a break. >> reporter: the other republican establishment candidates duke it out for third place behind trump and cruz. >> if they think this is tough now, we're nowhere close to tough yet. >> reporter: in a drastic move jeb bush cleared out his campaign staff in miami and shipped them to early primary states to get his supporters out to vote. edward lawrence, nbc news, washington. let's take you live now to times square. boy, look at all the people already. this is going to be the site of course of the ball dropping. more than 1 million people will be in times square at the new year. >> after a year thafgs marred by terrorist attacks both here and abroad, security promises to be extremely heavy. nbc bay area's chris thorn has the latest from times square. >> three, two, one. >> reporter: the world's most famous crystal ball tested and
ready to go. it will welcome in 2016 at the stroke of midnight tonight. this couple plan to take it all in in their first trip to new york. >> doesn't seem real. >> no. hasn't sunk in yet. >> reporter: they say they're not worried about security. and the nypd says they shouldn't be. >> people should feel safe this new year's eve because we're there. you're going to have one of the most well-policed, best protected events at one of the safest venues in the entire world given all the assets that we deploy there. >> reporter: times square will be protected by 6,000 officers on foot and horseback. they'll have radiation detectors, metal detectors and bomb sniffing dogs. a counterterrorism team will guard entry points with long guns. 1,000 security cameras will help keep an eye on it all. >> new york is ready. again, we're the best prepared city in the country. we know how to do big events. we've shown it time and time again. >> reporter: security fears didn't stop crowds from packing the crossroads of the world wednesday.
>> i'm pretty sure -- [ inaudible ] >> i love times square. all the lights and stuff like that. i just come in and it's just like you don't know where to look first. and it's just like everything's going on. there's so much to do here. >> happy new year. >> happy new year. >> reporter: a party atmosphere with thousands looking out for anyone who might want to ruin it. nbc news, new york. the christmas spirit will last well into the new year in one bay area community. san bruno is asking homeowners to keep their holiday lights up and on. >> nbc bay area's chuck coppola shows us why one neighborhood has been left in the dark. >> reporter: each pool of light shows you where a homeowner's been willing to help out. on this block of crestmore, not a lot of help. >> maybe it's invasive. they have to worry about something being plugged in to their house. you would see something like that maybe in alaska, not in san bruno. >> reporter: the yellow
extension cord from the street light to an electrical outlet in a garage tells you in san bruno the people have the power. aging wiring below ground has confounded city crews trying to fix dozens of street lights that fizzled out before halloween. >> we've had some incidence of break-ins in this area in the past. we haven't had anything recently, but it's kind of scary to be so dark. >> reporter: about two weeks ago the city began running these tempora temporary street lights at nine different locations around san bruno. they're noisy and expensive. they cost about $28,000 a month to run all nine. so until new wiring is strung underground, maybe by april, homeowners are being asked to plug in a very tall night light for the city. and are paid for doing so $50 a month, far more than the $3 month it costs to run an l.e.d. street light. >> it's totally voluntary. we're asking people to do it. i think we have probably six or seven people that have agreed to do it so far, four more are on track and a few have declined. >> reporter: homeowners wlo
agreed signed a waiver of liability. >> just in case something within their home happened to occur that the city has no control over, someone trips in their garage or something, or maybe they have some defective wiring that we're not aware of, that protects the city. >> reporter: this month holiday lights have served more than a decorative purpose for this man and his 5-year-old daughter. >> we have some christmas lighting. >> reporter: new year's lighting and christmas lighting has helped. >> big time. >> reporter: just before christmas san bruno city council approved finding a firm to rewire the underground portion of the street lights, work to begin after the new year and cost as much as $350,000. but the mayor says local taxes won't go up as a result. chuck coppola, nbc bay area news. this year for the first time we bought more christmas presents online than in physical stores. and that led to some delivery delays. >> it's true. some people still haven't gotten all of their gifts, but there's a silver lining.
here's nbc bay area's scott budman. >> reporter: things are still busy at the post office. >> amazon came to us asking us to deliver their sunday packages. >> reporter: and bay area delivery start-ups like curbside are also still making runs to pick up and bring you your packages. but for the most part almost all christmas presents have, at last, arrived. >> so far our on-time numbers for the holiday and that's talking from thanksgiving through this current date is 99%. >> sending the things that the kids couldn't fit in their suitcases. >> reporter: well, unless they haven't been sent yet. >> not enough time to get things done. unfortunately. so i'm doing it today before the new year so they'll get it at least before then. >> reporter: those that were sent were more than ever ordered online. everything is driven by customer demand. and more and more people are taking the more convenient route. and the more convenient route of course is go online. they don't have to leave home. >> reporter: although more
deliveries has also led to more packages being stolen, leading to a new successful holiday metric. >> nobody steal my gift from my door. >> reporter: that's how you know every present has been delivered. scott budman, nbc bay area news. >> so it's new year's eve. we do all kinds of lists this time of year. >> about the biggest break-up. >> we could do that. >> mike wilbur looks at the celebrity who is called it quits in 2015 sfwl we've been together for a long time. >> i love ben. >> it's always -- >> 2015 has come to an end and so have many celebrity relationships. >> like his big -- so most of what he says is bs. >> blake shelton and miranda lambert shocked many when they were announcing they were divorcing in july. they got hitched in 2011. >> i can't believe i got miranda lambert, hell yeah i want to talk about that. >> reporter: and another surprise move blake moved onto
dating his co-star on "the voice," gwen stefani who also just split from her spouse after three kids and 13 years of marriage. >> we both want to be married and we both want to be good parents. and so in order to do that there's a price to pay. a lot of work. >> reporter: ben affleck and jennifer garner split after ten years of marriage and three kids. unfortunately a nanny scandal is another thing that ben and jen and gwen and gavin splits have in common. halle berry and oliver martinez filed for divorce citing ir reck sirable differences. >> two years, that's big for me. >> reporter: john hamm and jennifer stuck together for 18 years before their split announcement in september. >> in any long relationship they better be your best friend. and he is my best friend. >> reporter: and for one of the most devastating splits of the year, muppet stars after 40 years of on-screen squabbling their romance was over.
mike wilbur, nbc news. >> that made me really mad. why do you have to mess with the pickup trucks? up next at 11:00, snow pack measurement is in. good news and stern warning from water leaders to go with it. and is california ready for el nino? prepare for the possibility of a storm. it's all clear and dry now across the bay area as temperatures slowly warm up. i'll give you an idea of what to wear as you head out to celebrate tonight for the start of 2016. "el nino" is coming, but in what
form? steady rain or torrents.. leading to floods? all right. so we know el nino's coming, but what form? steady rains or maybe torrents. and that would lead to floods. >> nbc bay area is showing us now that el nino has not been kind to the sacramento delta, and folks have the photos to prove it. >> reporter: these stand of contra costa county is considered river country. it's the intersection where the san joaquin and sacramento rivers meet in the winding delta. along a network of tiny islands, long stretches of levees protect low lying farmlands and homes built with flooding in mind. most years the rivers stay within their banks, but -- >> it shows the water breaking over the top of the levee. >> reporter: -- in the el nino years of 1997, '98 and 2006, heavy storms pounded the houses
here on tiny sherman. >> winds blowing 50 plus miles an hour. >> reporter: joe mcelroy of california water department resources has overseen the levees for two decades. he was here when the storm fueled river crawled over its banks threatening the farmland. >> the water is breaking from the water side over the top of the levee structure. and we were bringing rock in by the truckload to try to keep the island afloat. >> reporter: following the 2006 storm, the state reinforced these levees with a cap of rocks. >> we're hoping this is a big help to us, but with the weather you just never know. >> reporter: this year heavy el nino rains are again expected to belt california. they're among the many risks facing the state's 1,600 miles of levees. >> the fact is a lot of our flood system is over 100 years old. >> reporter: among the threats are rodents, beavers and owls which burro into the banks
making them unstable. in some cases environmental restrictions prevent the state from taking action against protected animals like those owls. >> we have a need for public doctrine to make sure we're taking care of the environment, at the same time we have an obligation to provide for public safe safety. >> reporter: state engineer says california has recently devoted extensive resources towards updating its aging flood system. >> if this levee were to fail, then this land there would be millions of dollars of agricultural land that would potentially be damaged. >> reporter: but he says climate change and rising king tides make ittin kre increasingly dif to plan for what's to come. >> high tide and storm event could bring significant damage. >> this could all happen again? >> it could. it very well could. >> reporter: even with extensive el nino rains predicted for later this winter, mcelroy believes the newly fortified levees will do their job. >> we're ready. >> reporter: and if things go south --
>> i just hope it's after i'm retired. >> reporter: joe resato jr., nbc bay area news. well, the sierra snow pack looks promises for 2016. yesterday the state held its first snow survey of the season. >> and results were good, but that does not mean an end to this drought. nbc bay area's janelle wang explains. >> reporter: from the sierra to santa clara valley, it's the message of the day. the snow survey is encouraging, but still a long way from ending the drought. >> this is better than a sharp stick in the eye, but it's really just the start. >> reporter: gary, chair of the santa clara county water district, says there are four things needed to bust the drought, above average rainfall, above average snow, full reservoirs and recharged groundwater. he says it will take two and a half years of serious rain and snow to do this. >> then we would be back. but hopefully that will happen, but i think we have to prepare for the worst. >> reporter: he says el nino can make it harder to convince people to keep conserving. >> the challenge is sometimes
people slack off, they see some rain, it's cold, oh, the drought's over. that is not true at all. >> yeah, i think we'll probably go back to the way we were before. >> reporter: nancy wright has a view of lexington reservoir in los gatos from her deck. she finds it hard to believe with recent rains that experts say we're still so far off. >> i don't really believe them. i guess in a way i don't understand why if we get so much rain and the snow pack's so high now, why that shouldn't be enough to get us out of it. >> reporter: still, she's going to continue to save water. wright says if the conservation message or incentives that motivate her. >> we're grandparents want the world to be a better place for our children or grandchildren and i think if we were taking away their well being that would be a huge motivator. >> reporter: janelle wang, nbc bay area news. >> we consulted when we first heard about it with kari. she said, nope, drought's not over. we figured as much. >> yeah, but we do still have a lot more winter to go. and we know we're already in the
habit of conserving so might as well continue that. as we take a live look at mt. tam, no rain drops coming from the sky today. but in a couple of days we'll start to see some changes there. a look at all the microclimates. it is cool. and we were so cold this morning we did set a new daily low temperature record in napa. and now as we drop in on the east bay, it's starting to feel a little bit better. at least it's 50 degrees in pleasanton. and in alameda it's 59 degrees. it's 48 degrees in san francisco and the peninsula, the south bay at 49 degrees. as we take you hour by hour in san jose, mostly sunny skies. and during the the ride home if you have to work today it will be about 52 degrees. and shortly after the sunset temperatures will be dropping. for those evening festivities you will need a heavy coat on, maybe even a couple of pairs of socks if you will be outside for a long period of time. no open toe sandals tonight. 39 degrees at midnight in san jose. and look at all of the
microclimates. our highs topping out in the mid-50s. and then it's back down to freezing again tonight for many spots like fremont. a low of 28 degrees, san rafael a low of 32. in san francisco all clear skies, no fog to worry about. and by 10:00 we're at 47 degrees. still clear at 11:00. and when we say happy new year it will be 43 degrees. some chilly temperatures for tonight not only there but all across the bay area. the first day of 2016 looks pretty much the same as we end the year. in the low 50s, mid-50s in the peninsula and south bay. into the upper 50s for the south bay on saturday. we still stay dry there, but some showers most likely moving in to the forecast on sunday. and it's because of this. there's a couple of storm systems out in the pacific. here's round one. you can see that long line of clouds. and then we have a swirl of clouds here with the large storm system that continues to gain in strength into the next few days. so that a bigger concern.
this first line looks like this is the way it plays out on computer models. a line of showers moving in by early sunday morning. and much of that fizzles out as it moves inland. and then right behind that the next storm system moves in early on tuesday. and then we'll start to see the scattered showers and then that rain wrapping up on wednesday. the early rainfall estimates at this point give us at least about a half of an inch, up to an inch and a half for most ot bay area. where the rain has been lacking the most in the north bay we could have a little bit more of a heavy rain there. looking promising as we get ready to start out the new year. and also the weather systems even farther down the like look more active as we head deeper into winter. keep in mind we're only a week into winter at this point and we are in for some dry weather for a little while longer. but it's been so cool, much cooler than where we should be for this time of year, kris and scott. >> sure has. >> i'd say. we'll be right back. we're getting a look at the new
digs of the pregnant elephant seal whoed welcome back. we're getting a new look at the digs, the new digs for that pregnant elephant seal that tried to cross the road this week. the 900 pound mammal now nesting at point reyes national seashore where she belongs. crews had captured her, moved her on tuesday. remember she kept trying to cross highway 37 in sonoma county on monday and again on tuesday. also at point reyes folks surprised to see this turtle swimming in the water. these sea turtles usually in warmer waters much farther along the pacific coast. officials believe warm water and el nino conditions brought them up. that's lovely. >> the animals have gone mad. >> yes, they have. well, michigan's lake superior state university doesn't get in the news very often, or ever really, but students and faculty there have come up with a list of words and phrases that under no circumstances should be used ever again. >> all right. because they're tired of people misusing or overusing things
like, starting an answer with so, that seems reasonable. other words they would like to banish include problematic and our favorite presser. we use that all the time. it's jargon for press conference. there's also break the internet and join the conversation, which you don't have to do. but if you'd like to you can go to nbcbayarea.com. also i saw on that list was man spreading. >> oh, when you sit -- >> yeah, like that. >> man splaning. >> man splaning is when a man explains things to you in sort of this sort of way. >> we'll be right back.
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he's trying out a new skill-- comedy. as president obama enters his last year of his presidency, he's trying out a new skill, comedy. >> every person you talk to is putting on an act. a total show. >> it's a problem. >> don't you think -- >> you've heard mr. obama and jerry seinfeld web series comedian and cars. seinfeld asked about the minutia of being president and even underwear preferences and eventually make it back to the white house for coffee and a pitch on obamacare. >> have a great rest of the year. be safe. just be careful. >> we'll see you tomorrow morning.
. the golden globe nominations are out. it's always the biggest party. there is a lot of alcohol. >> burping question, what will lady gaga wear on the red carpet? she is nominated. it's wild looking at the golden globe nominations today. no rhyme or reason. how did johnny depp get kicked out and will smith is in and amy schumer is there. >> sylvester stallone is there. rocky balboa will be there. what do