The Orion

How to get through Chico rainstorms

The rainstorm on April 2 led to flooding as seen here at W. Sacramento and Mechoopda. Photo credit: Nate Rettinger

Joel Peterson

December 9, 2019

Rainy season is upon us once again and Chico students now may understand far too well what can truly happen if they are not prepared for a storm.On April 2, Chico experienced one of the worst storms that the city has ever seen. Not only did this storm flood the Chico streets, but it began to flood man...

Cloudy skies make cloudy minds

Infographic on SAD Photo credit: Gage Northcutt

Gage Northcutt

February 20, 2019

With mental health often being overlooked as something that some consider a choice, it is important to know that there are internal and external factors which can affect our mood whether we like it or not. It may not be fair, but it is important to talk about.Are you also feeling down around this time...

Photo of the day

Chico State students heading out of Butte Hall enjoying the nice weather. Photo credit: Maria Ramirez

Maria Ramirez

January 31, 2018

Chico State students heading out of Butte Hall enjoying the nice weather. (optimized)

Lightning splits Bidwell Mansion tree

Many are left wondering if  insurance will cover the damage done to their cars

George Johnston

April 13, 2017

While most Chico State students sought shelter from the hailstorm hitting campus, a bolt of lightning struck a tree by Bidwell Mansion, splitting it in half. Jewel Keahilhau was sitting in her car at the Bidwell Mansion parking lot, recording the hail when the tree split and fell on her vehicle. Keahilhau...

How to weather the wrath of winter

Photo credit: Briana Mcdaniel

Carson Predovich and Briana Mcdaniel

October 15, 2016

It is finally the time of the year in Chico where shorts and flip-flops no longer cut it. Everything is perfect in terms of weather but it will not last. Autumn in Chico is gorgeous, the leaves change colors and the intense heat dies down. However, once December comes around people will long for fa...

El Nino brings warmer weather to Chico

El Nino's warmer currents shift eastward in the Pacific Ocean causing changes in temperature across the United States. Photo credit: Christine Zuniga

Christine Zuniga

March 2, 2016

Although March is only beginning, students around Chico State are already sporting shorts and sunglasses with the prospect of continued warm weather, thanks to El Nino. The hype behind El Nino seems to stem from a lack of understanding of what this weather phenomenon actually is and how it can affect ...

Changing weather means changing clothes

Matt Murphy

April 4, 2014

Despite this week-long aberration from normal springtime weather, sunny days are just around the corner. That means shedding everyone's winter layers of clothing to deal with the dry Chico heat. For the benefit of all though, please follow a few rules. Most importantly, think about what you are reve...

Drought depletes dam energy production

Jana Frazier, an Oroville Dam tour guide, explains how the hydroelectric turbines work.Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Yessenia Funes

March 1, 2014

The ongoing drought has kept Lake Oroville nearly 20 percent below its average capacity for this time, according to the Department of Water Resources' website, causing its power plant to produce only half the electricity it should be. People don't use much power during the winter, so this ener...

Here’s to 70 degrees in January

Matt Murphy

January 27, 2014

It's the end of January and I wore shorts yesterday. It's warm outside.I can't tell you why and I certainly can't tell you how, but now we all have to deal with it. Like any difficult situation though, there are upsides and downsides. Let's go through a couple shall we?Upsides:1. It feels like spring...

Getting past the back to school blues

Julianna Eveland

Julianna Eveland

January 21, 2014

It's January. Returning from the absent minded freedom of being home for the holidays may bring on a case of the back to school blues. A sense of nostalgia has already come on and the thought of all the hard work that lies ahead is starting to make your head spin. Although this year we h...

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