As heavy rain and snow end California’s 5-year drought, climate alarmists look foolish 

Posted: January 13, 2017 by oldbrew in alarmism, Forecasting, weather

Is this the US weather this winter? [Credit: Farmer's Almanac]

Is this the US weather this winter? [Credit: Farmer’s Almanac]

The unending California drought theory seems to have bitten the dust, or the snow, as The GWPF reports.

The recent onslaught of rain and snow finally brought much-needed relief to northern California, ending a punishing five-year drought, federal officials said Thursday.

“Bye bye drought … Don’t let the door hit you on the way out,” tweeted the National Weather Service’s office in Reno, Nev., which monitors parts of the region.

Overall, less than 60% of California remains in drought for the first time since early 2013, according to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor. A year ago, drought covered 97% of the state.

Stations up and down the Sierra mountain chain reported twice the amount of normal rain and snow for this time of year after snowstorms doubled the vital snowpack there that provides the state with much of its year-round water supply.

“It’s been a nice little miracle month after five bad years,” said meteorologist David Miskus of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who wrote this week’s drought report.

More than a foot of precipitation fell in the Sierra in the past week alone, leaving most major reservoirs at or above average levels, Miskus said.

Too much snow closes ski resorts in California, Nevada
Strawberry Valley, Calif., received 20.7 inches of precipitation, and the Heavenly Ski Area near Lake Tahoe picked up a whopping 12 feet of snow. The excessive snowfall even led to closures of some ski resorts because of blizzard conditions and road closures.

However, much of southern California remains dry, though most not at the most severe level of drought. Only 2% of the state is in that category of “exceptional” drought: an area that stretches from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. Across southern California, reservoirs and underground water supplies remain below normal, the Drought Monitor said.

It will take additional rain and snow this winter, plus another wet winter next year, to pull southern California out of drought, Miskus said.

Source: As Heavy Rain And Snow End California’s 5-Year Drought, Climate Alarmists Look Foolish | The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

  1. p.g.sharrow says:

    Actually the drought in Northern California, north of San Francisco was over with last year. Central California, North of Los Angles is nearly over this year. Southern California, L.A. to Mexico is always very DRY! Hard to tell if they are or are not in a drought…pg

  2. Adam Gallon says:

    Ah, it’s still the fault of Climate Change! A Carbon Tax will stop extreme weather, which covers droughts, heatwaves, floods, torrential rain & anything else!

  3. oldbrew says:

    Climate alarm loonies are desperate for any weather-related crisis, real (occasionally) or imaginary (the rest of the time).

  4. Climatism says:

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    Climate alarmist dud-prediction update…

  5. oldbrew says:

    Report: After ‘pretty extraordinary’ snowfall, Sierra Nevada braces for another battering from atmospheric river

    “Atmospheric rivers happen every year. And for whatever reason, they have been missing California for the last several years,” said Tom Dang, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sacramento. “And they are just aimed at us one right after another this year.” [bold added]

    So the CA drought was just bad luck with the wind direction? Maybe it was a man-made direction 😐
    – – –
    Lake Tahoe, CA Conditions Report: 40″ of Snow on My Street in Truckee…
    Guest Author | January 12, 2017 |
    Squaw has seen 161″ of snow since January 2nd.
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    Lake Tahoe Snow Report – Jan. 13, 2017

    Hello Skiers and Riders! It’s your lucky day! Extra-super-Tahoefornia-deepulicious! Fresh, deep, untouched powder all over, and it’s there for the taking (By you. Now. Really!)

  6. oldbrew says:

    Satellite Reveals End of “Unending” N. California Drought
    January 14th, 2017 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

    Forecast: lots more rain and snow

  7. oldbrew says:

    NASA: Atmospheric River Soaks California

    San Francisco has seen more rain in the first two weeks of 2017 than it did in the entire year of 2013.

  8. p.g.sharrow says:

    The next stream/river set to strike Tuesday evening and run for a week. Maybe not quite as heavy as the last and colder. We drove out yesterday and every creek and crevice was running water. We live in about the middle of a line 1/3 down from the top of the 13 Jan 2017 picture, at the snow line…pg

  9. oldbrew says:

    6 Dead in Ice Storms Across Midwestern U.S.
    Mahita Gajanan @mahitagajanan Jan. 15, 2017

    At least six people died after ice storms wreaked havoc throughout the Midwest, leaving the area fighting a deluge of sleet, ice and freezing rain.

    The deaths have been blamed on slick travel conditions caused by the storm since Friday. The storm is expected to hit the Midwest through Monday, the Weather Channel reported. Storm warnings are in effect in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, parts of Texas, Nebraska, Illinois and Iowa.

    The storm has knocked out power and damaged trees in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, while coating trees and roads in ice. Governors of Oklahoma and Missouri declared states of emergency, while the National Guard patrolled roads in Missouri and Kansas.
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    Another hazard – sinkholes

    Massive sinkhole closes road in San Francisco Bay Area