Calif. Storms Mark Wettest Three Weeks In Bay Area Since Lincoln’s Presidency

Posted: January 18, 2023 by oldbrew in History, Natural Variation, weather

Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Point, San Francisco

Such is the natural variability of weather and climate. So it’s all happened before, only worse back then before mass industrialisation and greenhouse gas theories.
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San Francisco has experienced the wettest three-week period since Abraham Lincoln was president during the Great Flood of 1862, says Breitbart News (via Climate Change Dispatch).

The San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday:

New rainfall totals show that no person alive has ever experienced a three-week period as wet as the past three weeks were in the Bay Area. The last time it happened, Abraham Lincoln was president.

From Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, a total of 17 inches of rain fell in downtown San Francisco. That’s the second-wettest three-week period at any time in San Francisco’s recorded history, since daily records began in 1849 during the Gold Rush. And it’s more than five times the city’s historical average of 3.1 inches over the same time.

The only three-week period that was wetter in San Francisco — which is often used as the benchmark for Bay Area weather because it has the oldest records — came during the Civil War, when a drowning 23.01 inches fell from Jan. 5 to Jan. 25, 1862, during a landmark winter that became known as “The Great Flood of 1862.”

The Great Flood of 1862 inundated the Central Valley and flooded the state’s capital city of Sacramento, just twelve years after California had been admitted to the Union as a free state.

Continued here.

  1. Curious George says:

    There was a severe climate change in 1862.

  2. wyzelli says:

    The Great Flood – shades of ‘The Great Storm’ in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’.

    [mod] alternative

  3. Phoenix44 says:

    So six inches less than the record. That’s quite a lot when you are talking about 17 inches. Just goes to show “climate” is a 200-300 year thing – or more.

  4. ivan says:

    They can’t have it both ways. After their idiot state government prevented the farmers building dams because it might harm some insignificant smelt if they didn’t get enough fresh water down the rivers to the SF bay, they complain about ‘excess’ rain that would fill the un-built dams

  5. Don B says:

    “Geologic evidence shows that truly massive floods, caused by rainfall alone, have occurred in California every 100 to 200 years. Such floods are likely caused by atmospheric rivers: narrow bands of water vapor about a mile above the ocean that extend for thousands of kilometers.  …..

    “Sixty-six inches of rain fell in Los Angeles that year [1862], more than four times the normal annual amount, causing rivers to surge over their banks, spreading muddy water for miles across the arid landscape. Large brown lakes formed on the normally dry plains between Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean, even covering vast areas of the Mojave Desert. In and around Anaheim, , flooding of the Santa Ana River created an inland sea four feet deep, stretching up to four miles from the river and lasting four weeks. ”

  6. ivan says:

    @ Don B, I like their cop-out in the description ‘Such floods are likely caused by’. In other words they don’t have a clue and no evidence of these ‘atmospheric rivers’. The cult of global warming needs as much help as the pseudo scientists can give it.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Along the same lines…

    Alarming spike: Greenland sees hottest temperatures in 1,000 years
    JAN 20, 2023
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    If the same temps were reached long before the modern era, what is all today’s greenhouse hysteria supposed to be about? Greenland is still a very cold place.

  8. catweazle666 says:

    And yet Greenland appears to be gaining ice quite nicely, oldbrew…

  9. oldbrew says:

    The study in question …

    ‘To analyse the Greenland temperature evolution over the past decades with respect to natural variability and global warming, we here extend the previous NGT reconstruction to the year 2011 (all dates are AD). In 2011 and 2012, five of the NGT ice-core sites were revisited and shallow firn cores were taken near the original drilling sites to complement the existing records’
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    They’re 10 years out of date.

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