By Sri Ravipati
Good morning San Francisco. Welcome back to another daily roundup of local stories for Dec. 20.
Christmas Bird Count returns after pandemic hiatus
The Golden Gate Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count is returning after a hiatus last year, KPIX5 reports.
The Audubon Society’s 122-year-old bird count is a citizen science project that provides insight into the health of bird populations and the environment. Each count aims to identify and record every individual bird encountered within a defined 15-mile-diameter circle or about 177 square miles during one calendar day.
The Christmas Bird Count was historically focused on San Francisco and Oakland, but this year Richmond was added. The San Francisco birders will commence the count on Dec. 28
Read the full story on KPIX5.
Winter storm comes to Bay Area ahead of Christmas
Widespread rain is coming to the Bay Area on Monday through the weekend, SFGATE reports.
Through Dec. 26, the National Weather Service is predicting 2 to 3 inches of rain in urban areas, including San Francisco.
"That first significant rain comes in Tuesday," Brooke Bingaman, a forecaster with the weather service, told SFGATE. "Right now there is a low-pressure system that's sitting out over the Pacific Ocean. It's centered due west of the Oregon-California border. A low-pressure storm system rotates counterclockwise, and the moisture associated with that storm is going to rotate into California."
Read the full story on SFGATE.
Going to SFO over the holidays? TSA says get to the airport early
With omicron showing no signs of stopping people from holiday travel, San Francisco International Airport officials are recommending travelers arrive two hours before domestic flights this week, KRON4 reports.
Transportation Security Administration officers screened over two million people for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday. TSA expects to screen nearly 30 million people in airports from Monday through January 3.
Read the full story on KRON4.
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