Wednesday, December 12th, brought both sun and clouds to the skies above San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, and the combination produced spectacular scenes including a bright rainbow. Depending on the timing and location, some people even saw a double rainbow. (Jim Dikel/Ocean Beach Bulletin)

After years of dark, Richmond's Macdonald street was decked out in festive lights for the Downtown Holiday Festival Wednesday night. (Photo by: Rachel de Leon)After years of dark, Richmond’s Macdonald Street was decked out in festive lights for the Downtown Holiday Festival Wednesday night. (Rachel de Leon/Richmond Confidential)

Near the Cliff House at the north end of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach Andres Amador creates art in the sand on the evening of December 12th. (Sara Coates/Ocean Beach Bulletin) It was the end of an era in Berkeley when controversial community artist and jazz event organizer Michael Parayno announced recently he would be relocating Birdman Mike from Berkeley to Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. His ventures over the past few years have attracted fierce devotees as well as passionate detractors. (Emilie Raguso/Berkeleyside)

Hundreds of deep water Humboldt squid stranded themselves on Santa Cruz County beaches over the weekend. Researchers believe this happens when the squid are invading a new area and get disoriented. (Sheraz Sadiq/KQED)

On Thursday and Friday, December 13th and 14th, there will be unusually high tides along Bay Area beaches, as the “king tides” roll in. King tides happen a few times every year due to the gravitational pulls of the sun and moon. At the south end of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach the tides gained height early Thursday morning. (Tom Prete/Ocean Beach Bulletin)

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Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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