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For the first time since 2011, the state shows no areas suffering from prolonged drought and illustrates almost entirely normal conditions, according to a map released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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A couple of small "abnormally dry" areas, but no drought areas.

Drought map for the West
droughtmonitor.unl.edu

Extreme rains will do that for you.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-03-15 11:27 AM | Reply

No surprise. I've seen California cycle through above-normal and below-normal precipitation for 50 years. Nothing's changed.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-15 11:34 AM | Reply

#2 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

The PDO ...

What is interesting for me, and perhaps so for you, is these are the types of winters I had as a kid in the 70's. We actually had 3 inches of snow at my elementary school in Saratoga.

Then it seemed after about 88' or so, it got to be less "wintery", until 3-4 years ago.

Now its back to that same 70's type winters.

#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-03-15 11:54 AM | Reply

#3

I didn't realize that you grew up in Saratoga, I grew up in Los Gatos and remember that snowstorm.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-15 11:58 AM | Reply

3 inches of snow in the 1970s is 'memorable'.

'Isn't that adorable'...every Midwesterner

#5 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-03-15 01:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


@#5 ... 'Isn't that adorable'...every Midwesterner ...

From what I've seen, this year's been particularly nasty...

For example...

Massive Storm Hits Wheat, Cattle, Mines in U.S. Heartland
www.bloomberg.com

...A massive late-winter storm bringing heavy snow and high winds to the U.S. heartland is stressing winter wheat, inundating mines and disrupting ranches as calves are born.

Blizzard-like conditions in the Dakotas, western Nebraska and Kansas are threatening newborn calves, which will need to be dried, warmed and given shelter, said Matthew Wiegand, a commodity broker at FuturesOne in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sheep herds were also at risk with snow in Casper, Wyoming falling late Thursday at a rate of 3 inches (7.6 cm) per hour amid 30-mile-per-hour winds.

"That's pretty nasty stuff," said Chad McNutt, who is both the owner of the meteorology firm Livestock Wx in Casper, and a sheep farmer. Older animals, "in particular, will not make it," he said.

McNutt has already lost a handful of sheep, he said, from a herd of about 200....



#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-03-15 01:38 PM | Reply

So, the computer model that predicted a never ending drought for Cal was WRONG. Who could have seen that conning?

#7 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-03-15 01:49 PM | Reply

It's a shame they can't store more of that water for drier times. How many dams and reservoirs could they have built or repaired for the money wasted on a train to nowhere?

#8 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-03-15 01:58 PM | Reply

Trump will take credit for this claiming it's another he's undone from the Obama era.

#9 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-03-15 02:04 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"During the 2011-16 California drought, politicians and experts claimed that global warming had permanently altered the climate, and that snow and rain would become increasingly rare in California. As a result, long-planned low-elevation reservoirs, designed to store water during exceptionally wet years, were considered all but useless and thus were never built.

Then, in 2016 and 2017, California received record snow and rainfall -- and the windfall of millions of acre-feet of runoff was mostly let out to sea. Nothing since has been learned.

California has again been experiencing rain and cold that could approach seasonal records. The state has been soaked by some 18 trillion gallons of rain in February alone. With still no effort to expand California's water-storage capacity, millions of acre-feet of runoff are once again cascading out to sea (and may be sorely missed next year).

The inability to build reservoirs is especially tragic given that the state's high-speed-rail project has gobbled up more than $5 billion in funds without a single foot of track laid. The total cost soared from an original $40 billion promise to a projected $77 billion. To his credit, newly elected Gov. Gavin Newsom, fearing a budget catastrophe, canceled the statewide project while allowing a few miles of the quarter-built Central Valley "track to nowhere" to be finished.

For years, high-speed rail has drained the state budget of transportation funds that might have easily updated nightmarish stretches of the Central Valley's Highway 99, or ensured that the nearby ossified Amtrak line became a modern two-track line.

www.amgreatness.com

Thanks, Moonbeam!

#10 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-15 02:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


@#7 ... So, the computer model that predicted a never ending drought for Cal was WRONG. Who could have seen that conning? ...

Have a link to those models?

While I've seen unsubstantiated assertions of a never-ending drought (by politicians), I never saw any scientific basis for such a statement.

Since you seen to be aware of the models, maybe you can provide a link.

thx.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-03-15 02:07 PM | Reply

Its so fickle.

#12 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-03-15 02:34 PM | Reply


@#12 ... Its so fickle. ...

Yup.

The visualization I like is --- imagine a ball bouncing down a flight of stairs. The overall trend is downward but at any instant, and for a short period of time, the ball may actually be moving upward.

#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-03-15 02:43 PM | Reply

Oct 23 2018

President Trump claimed Tuesday that California mismanages its water resources, dismissing the possibility of drought and accusing the state of sending water out to sea that could be used to help farmers in the Central Valley.

Speaking at the White House before a group of county officials from California, Alaska and Hawaii, Trump first related his impressions of the water shortage from having toured part of the state with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) four years ago. He described how he was informed that acres of dry farmland were not the result of a drought, which was severe at the time.

The state, he claimed, has more than enough water.

"You have so much, you don't know what to do with it," he said. "It is a disgrace."

Instead of allowing farmers to access the water, the state is intentionally releasing it into the Pacific Ocean, he said.

"They have a valve -- like a faucet, but massive," he continued. "And the water goes out into the Pacific Ocean."

Los Angeles Times

#14 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-03-15 03:24 PM | Reply

#13 that's exactly correct. Anti-science righties don't know that, though, and will point to the specific event instead of the trend to make their "point".

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2019-03-15 03:29 PM | Reply

Isn't that adorable'...every Midwesterner

#5 | POSTED BY OLDWHISKEYSOUR

*pats Midwesterner on the head*

-Western New Yorkers

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2019-03-15 03:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Yet Nullifidian's brain remains dry as a bone. Sad that.

#17 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-03-15 03:33 PM | Reply

How many dams and reservoirs could they have built or repaired for the money wasted on a train to nowhere?

#8 | POSTED BY VISITOR

I don't know. How many could they have built or repaired instead of giving the rich a $1.5 trillion tax cut?

#18 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-03-15 03:41 PM | Reply

Whew. Climate change went away. What a relief. Fire up those coal plants everybody!

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-03-15 03:50 PM | Reply

www.amgreatness.com

Thanks, Moonbeam!

#10 | Posted by nullifidian

hahaha you're still linking to that site and expecting no one to laugh at you?

I drive or hike past a couple new water collecting projects under construction every day.

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-03-15 03:52 PM | Reply

-- hahaha you're still linking to that site and expecting no one to laugh at you?

Victor Davis Hanson is a fine scholar and writer, not to mention a California farmer. He knows California water policy, unlike you.

#21 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-15 03:59 PM | Reply

#21

He's also a historian. But then Speaks is very big on mindlessly slaughtering the source.

#22 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-15 04:06 PM | Reply

He's also a historian. But then Speaks is very big on mindlessly slaughtering the source.

#22 | Posted by JeffJ

To most intelligent people, credibility is important. So let's look at the source, then you can decide if it should be slaughtered or treated as real news. Here are their current articles:

Democrats Advance to the Rear and Take America to the Woodshed

Defender of the Faith
Since World War II, the war against Christianity that began in the Enlightenment has intensified across the globe.

The Washington Post Snuggles with a Racist Security Blanket
(REALLY? They just happen to hate the same legitimate news source as our current con man president? What a coincidence? No agenda there!)

Watch This! Tucker Carlson Takes on Swamp Elites and Leftist Media Tyrants in a Fight for His Career and Future

Video: Victor Davis Hanson on California in Collapse (huh. No articles on west virginia's collapse? Wonder why not)

The Administrative State Poisons Everything It Touches

Trump's Task Was Caesar's

Where are all their Pulitzer prizes already?!

#23 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-03-15 04:16 PM | Reply

--Video: Victor Davis Hanson on California in Collapse (huh. No articles on west virginia's collapse? Wonder why not)

He's a Californian, dummy, that's his area of expertise.

#24 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-15 04:19 PM | Reply

He's a Californian, dummy, that's his area of expertise.

#24 | Posted by nullifidian

So am I. Yet here you are telling me the water projects I drive past don't exist.

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-03-15 04:33 PM | Reply

How many dams and reservoirs could they have built or repaired for the money wasted on a train to nowhere?

#8 | POSTED BY VISITOR

I don't know. How many could they have built or repaired instead of giving the rich a $1.5 trillion tax cut?

#18 | Posted by Whatsleft

Dumb answer ace. giving the rich a $1.5 trillion? What pocket did you pull that one from?

#26 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-03-15 05:35 PM | Reply

I never saw any scientific basis for such a statement.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter

There never was any scientific basis for man caused global warming. You have a hard case to give scientific evidence for any global warming.

#27 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-03-15 05:37 PM | Reply

So am I. Yet here you are telling me the water projects I drive past don't exist.

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly

Name them.

#28 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-03-15 05:40 PM | Reply

"There never was any scientific basis for man caused global warming." - #27 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-03-15 05:37 PM

Empirical evidence that humans are causing global warming
Oops.
How Do We Know that Humans Are the Major Cause of Global Warming?

[snip] The fingerprints that humans have left on Earth's climate are turning up in a diverse range of records and can be seen in the ocean, in the atmosphere, and on the Earth's surface.

Scientists agree that today's warming is primarily caused by humans putting too much carbon in the atmosphere, like when we choose to extract and burn coal, oil, and gas, or cut down and burn forests.

Scientists have gathered evidence and have improved their methods for teasing apart natural and human factors. Today scientists have very high confidence about human-caused global average surface temperature increase – a key climate indicator.

Really big oops.
9 ways we know humans triggered climate change
And oops again.

sniper the kind of a person you'd use as a blueprint to build an idiot.

#29 | Posted by Hans at 2019-03-15 06:02 PM | Reply

Name them.

#28 | Posted by Sniper

Sure, no problem. First you promise that after I do, you'll create a post saying "ok i was wrong, i bought into republican propaganda about california because it fit my predetermined right wing narrative which is a lie."

#30 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-03-15 06:10 PM | Reply

$1.5 trillion? What pocket did you pull that one from?

#26 | POSTED BY SNIPER

You're right. that was probably a low estimate.

America's getting $10 trillion in tax cuts, and 20% of them are going the richest 1%

#31 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-03-15 06:38 PM | Reply

America's getting $10 trillion in tax cuts, and 20% of them are going the richest 1%

#31 | Posted by Whatsleft

Plus the rich's tax cuts are permanent, while everyone else's are temporary. Shocker.

#32 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-03-15 07:02 PM | Reply

Quick build like 100,000 houses in both Northern and Southern California. Spread out and out and out...at least until the next seven year drought and then you can all not have water again. A cycle.

#33 | Posted by Tknees2 at 2019-03-16 04:13 PM | Reply

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