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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

California has already received an 18 trillion-gallon soaking this month -- enough water to fill 27 million Olympic-sized pools -- and the state's wild winter isn't over yet.

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I posted this to talk about the political water issues that California has. I hear about California dismantling dams and river ways due to environmental activism.

I have noticed we arent having those year to date rainfall amounts and the constant "we are in the worst drought in decades" press conferences.

#1 | Posted by boaz at 2019-02-20 08:16 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

About a week ago it snowed down to 2500 feet in the Lagunas. The part of CA I live in depends 100% on Colorado River water, though. Not sure what the snowpack in the Rockies are right now, but I suspect it's better than it's been in years.

#2 | Posted by Karabekian at 2019-02-20 08:53 AM | Reply

-About a week ago it snowed down to 2500 feet in the Lagunas.

It's been a great season in southern cal. A few days rain, followed by a couple of days to dry out, rinse and repeat. Local mountains all snow-capped. Lovin' it.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-20 09:19 AM | Reply

I hear about California dismantling dams and river ways due to environmental activism.
I'm sure you hear about it, but its simply not true. While environmentalists celebrate dam removal, their efforts are not the primary reason dams are being torn down. These dams are old, outdated, and often unsafe. Dams are removed when it is cheaper for the owner to tear the dam down than to update it to be compliant with FERC re-certification.

#4 | Posted by horstngraben at 2019-02-20 09:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I have noticed we arent having those year to date rainfall amounts and the constant "we are in the worst drought in decades" press conferences.

Not sure what the snowpack in the Rockies are right now, but I suspect it's better than it's been in years.

People often make the mistake of believing that lack of precipitation is the primary driver of drought, or that above normal precip equates to no drought. This is not true because precipitation is only one component, the other being vapor pressure deficit. 2016-2017 was a very wet winter in the Rockies, however by July much of Montana and the Northern Plains was in the grips of a "flash drought" which resulted in a big hit to ag and also wildfires. California is not in the clear in terms of drought-risk just because they are having a wet winter.

#5 | Posted by horstngraben at 2019-02-20 09:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Now, put that in usable terms.

#6 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-02-20 10:36 AM | Reply

"Now, put that in usable terms"

Sure:

HORSTNGRABEN Smart.
SNIPER Dumb.

#7 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-02-20 10:41 AM | Reply | Funny: 5

SEE!?
It should be simple to rake all the forests now!

Dear Boaz:
you "hear" a lot, mostly voices in your head. Scary, per usual.

#8 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-02-20 10:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They go from wild fires to rain to mudslides to floods.
What's next?
Blame Trump?

#9 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2019-02-20 11:08 AM | Reply

--They go from wild fires to rain to mudslides to floods.

That's the way we roll in California. And when we get earthquakes, we rock n' roll.

#10 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-20 11:28 AM | Reply

#9 would you believe they're all inter related? 😮

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2019-02-20 11:55 AM | Reply

#9 would you believe they're all inter related? 😮
#11 | POSTED BY JPW

Yes.
The Earth's ever changing weather patterns are millions of years old.
Trump...not so much.

#12 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2019-02-20 12:04 PM | Reply

Not quite.

But I like how you worked in "duh weather has always cycled".

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2019-02-20 12:24 PM | Reply

But I like how you worked in "duh weather has always cycled".
#13 | POSTED BY JPW

Cuz it's true.

#14 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2019-02-20 12:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

California water levels are easy to see, with info updated daily. Seasonal rainfall is slightly above long-term average, and the snowpack (where the state gets 30% of its water) is very good this year.

The greater concern in the Western US is the water level in Lake Mead, today at 1,086', and only 11' above its record low. Las Vegas, Southern California and anywhere else that gets its water from the Colorado River is, has been and will continue to be in serious trouble. Don't believe me? Just look at current drought maps. That big red ------ in western Colorado shows how bad the drought there is. Drink up while you can...

#15 | Posted by catdog at 2019-02-20 01:28 PM | Reply

Snow pack is what needs to be higher than normal.

And it needs to stay that way longer than normal.

Rest can be handled by Califonia's world class water management system may it soon screw LA and other resource thieves.

#16 | Posted by Tor at 2019-02-20 01:42 PM | Reply

Rest can be handled by Califonia's world class water management system may it soon screw LA and other resource thieves.

#16 | POSTED BY TOR AT 2019-02-20 01:42 PM

Good luck with that, Santa BarbaraLA/Orange/San Diego/Imperial/Riverside/San Bernadino Counties provided 68% of the State's GDP in 2017.

#17 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-20 01:55 PM | Reply

"San Bernadino Counties provided 68% of the State's GDP"

I never knew there was so much money to be made selling lamps and chairs to San Berdino squares!

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-20 01:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Speaking of "resource thieves", until about 10 years ago, the residents in and around Sacramento County didn't even have water meters, they just paid a very low annual 'fee' irrespective of how much water they used. And that was during the same period when people in places like L.A. and Orange Co were being fined for washing their cars or rinsing off their sidewalks and driveways. And then there were the big agribusinesses growing cotton in the South end of the Central Valley and paying virtually nothing for the water they were taking out of the aqueduct system.

As for the current Northern California snow pack, according to the item below, it's at 136% of normal:

www.cnn.com

OCU

#19 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-02-20 02:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

18 Trillion Gallons? Pikers....

~Houstonians

#20 | Posted by bartimus at 2019-02-20 04:48 PM | Reply

Now no one is using enough water so we have to raise our rates.

#21 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-02-20 05:15 PM | Reply

The Earth's ever changing weather patterns are millions of years old.

#12 | Posted by phesterOBoyle

This is very true. It is interesting to note that there was not much free oxygen (O2) in the atmosphere until around 2,000 million years ago. Yet, before O2 was widely available in the atmosphere, there was life in Earth's (very acidic) oceans. These lifeforms, cyanobacteria, utilized carbon dioxide (CO2) and solar radiation (a process known as photosynthesis) as energy. These cyanobacteria pulled so much CO2 out of the atmosphere that Earth's climate experienced extreme cold periods, what geologists refer to as "Snowball Earth". O2 is a byproduct of photosynthesis, which cyanobacteria expelled into the atmosphere giving us the free O2 we have today.

So, to my point: bible-thumpers who believe that humans are so minuscule or incapable of changing atmospheric composition or Earth's climate are full of ----. They are full of ---- because we have a high level of certainty that available 02 is a result of the activities of bacteria.

#22 | Posted by horstngraben at 2019-02-20 07:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I posted this to talk about the political water issues that California has

#1 | Posted by boaz

Back on topic and my apologies for the digression. Has anyone seen the movie China Town starring Jack Nicholson? Roman Polanski directed the movie, so be warned SJWs.

#23 | Posted by horstngraben at 2019-02-20 07:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

And sadly not a drop reached Nullifidian's pot dried up brain.

#24 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-02-20 07:23 PM | Reply

It's sooo green down here, it looks like the rolling hills by the James River in Missouri. Really out of this world stuff.

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-20 07:49 PM | Reply

#19 | POSTED BY OCUSER

The Sacramento city charter makes installing water meters illegal. Of course, the city folded like a cheap suit and everywhere is metered now. The funny thing is that meters cut water usage by about 50% - which the water companies then used to force a doubling of water rates so their revenue stays flat. Can't make this stuff up. Hey Sactown, how about you get 50% less water for the same price? What a deal!

#26 | Posted by nobiasposter101 at 2019-02-21 02:53 AM | Reply

You'd think that'd be enough water to wash all the shiite and needles off of San Fran's streets.

#27 | Posted by Spork at 2019-02-21 08:29 AM | Reply

The water in the foothills of the Sierra are running Red or clear

When the water turns black we worry.

#28 | Posted by randomcanyon at 2019-02-21 09:20 AM | Reply

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