Elaina Rusk, 23ABC News

Elaina Rusk

23ABC News

Bakersfield, CA, United States

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Past articles by Elaina:

23ABC unveils new, state of the art weather system

It's the next generation of critical weather intelligence, and it's here. → Read More

Showers starting today in the mountains with rain across the county tomorrow

Today was the warmest day of the week with dry conditions. Clouds are starting to roll into the county in front of a storm that will bring rain chances and cooler temperatures tomorrow. The valley will be in the low 70s, KRV in the upper-60s and low 60s in the mountains. → Read More

Drought status improves in Kern County thanks to last week's Pineapple Express

Great news! Thanks to last week's Pineapple Express bringing more than an inch of rain to the valley and several inches to the mountains, Kern County is no longer in Severe Drought! → Read More

Even with record-setting rain, the drought has not improved

We've had an impressively wet March in Kern County, so why hasn't the drought improved? → Read More

23ABC partners with Chevron to surprise local students with meteorology kits

Monday morning a class of first graders at Castle Elementary were surprised by our own 23ABC Chief Meteorologist Elaina Rusk and representatives with Chevron. → Read More

We've had a really wet March, so why isn't the drought improving?

Though we have had an impressively wet start to the month of March, this morning's Drought Monitor Report shows no improvement in the drought status for Kern County. → Read More

Most of Kern County now classified under "Severe Drought"

The latest United States Drought Monitor Report was released this morning and it's more bad news for Kern County. Most of our area is now classified as "Severe Drought" status. → Read More

Portion of southern Kern County upgraded to Severe Drought status

For the first time in a year, a small portion of Kern County, including Frazier Park, along with the Angeles National Forest has been upgraded to Severe Drought status. → Read More

Supermoon, Blue Moon & Lunar Eclipse all happening at the same time this month

You've heard nerds like me chatting excitedly about it for a couple weeks now, but what exactly is a Super Blue Moon Eclipse? Well it's three interesting lunar events happening at the same time. A supermoon, a blue moon and a lunar eclipse visible over North America on January 31. → Read More

23ABC donates hundreds of books to Williams Elementary

What happens when you give a child a book? You give them a world of opportunity. → Read More

Sparing our valley air with the Check Before You Burn program this winter

November 1 marks the start of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's "Check Before You Burn Program". → Read More

Thunderstorms intensify over Kern County, bringing threat of flash flooding

As predicted, thunderstorms fired up over Kern County Sunday afternoon, intensifying into the evening hours. The storms are fueled by remnant moisture from Tropical Storm Lidia to our south and they're feeding off our excessive heat as Bakersfield topped out at 111 degrees, just one degree shy of the record for this date. → Read More

South Valley is shaken awake by a powerful thunderstorm

The south San Joaquin Valley was shaken awake by a powerful thunderstorm in the 4 a.m. hour as an isolated cell fueled by monsoonal moisture charged through from the base of the Grapevine, taking direct aim at the heart of Bakersfield. → Read More

Science enthusiasts want to know, when is the next solar eclipse over Kern County?

You heard people saying yesterday's event was "once in a lifetime" and an eclipse hasn't happened in 100 years, neither of which are true. Thankfully the next solar eclipse is just six years away and it will be visible in California too! → Read More

How to safely watch the upcoming Solar Eclipse over Kern County

Here's what you need to know to enjoy and safely view the eclipse from Kern County: → Read More

Celebrate Independence Day at some of Kern County's biggest and best fireworks shows

Here is a list of all the big 2017 Independence Day celebrations happening around Kern County today: → Read More

Special Report: The History of South Valley Air Quality

Every couple months Bakersfield tops the charts for the worst air quality in the county... But those who are relatively new to town may find it hard to believe that our pollution used to be worse... Much worse. → Read More

Gov. Brown declares this week as "Wildfire Awareness Week"

Governor Jerry Brown today issued a proclamation declaring May 7-13, 2017 as “Wildfire Awareness Week” in the State of California. → Read More

Local nonprofit organizations hoping to gain big during Give Big Kern fundraising day

This is my story of how a local nonprofit organization helped me and my newborn through one of the hardest periods of my life. → Read More

NWS unveils new "Potential Heat Risk" criteria for summer weather warnings

As we are just days away from hitting our first 100 degree day here in the south valley, it's time to start thinking about the summer heat. → Read More