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Response to Fred Sanders (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 16, 2014, 02:06 PM

5. It's a deep hole you dig when you make a claim that can't be backed up.


And it's pretty sad for you when your very own link, presumably included to make some point, takes the visitor eventually to articles that refute your point and successfully make MY point.

Good golly Fred.

Yes, It’s Raining in California. No, the Drought Is Not Over

Friday, 12 December 2014 16:22

Just look at the Texas drought — California could be waiting years to recover. California drought pineapple express precipitation

Parts of California got more than five inches of rain over the last 24 hours, as a stream of moist, tropical air soaks the desperately dry state. Many more such storms will be needed to break the state’s three-year drought. Click image to enlarge.
By Brett Walton
Circle of Blue

Instruments at San Francisco International Airport recorded more rain over the first six days of December than in the entire 365 days of 2013, the driest year on record in California.

Just 8.58 centimeters (3.38 inches) filled the airport rain gauge in 2013, compared to 9.65 centimeters (3.80 inches) already this month. Weather forecasters expect more rain to come — up to 12.7 centimeters (five inches) in parts of the Bay Area this week — as a stream of moist, tropical air soaks a state that is desperate for water. Even the mountains will benefit from the early-season storm, with parts of the northern Sierra Nevada expecting nearly a meter (three feet) of snow.
“Even if we get average precipitation, we’ll still be a year behind.” –Michael Dettinger, hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Yes, it is raining and snowing in California. But a few weeks of wet weather will not erase the steep moisture deficits that have been accumulating since 2012, according to hydrology experts. Rather, several consecutive years — not weeks — of above-average precipitation will be necessary to rebalance the state’s water resources.

In other words, California has a deep hole to climb out of.


Climb outta that hole!

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