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2013 - Driest year in California (recorded) history?

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12-29-2013, 05:11 PM
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2013 - Driest year in California (recorded) history?

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?sec...rticle-9375381

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If no rain falls in the remaining days of 2013, it could rank as the driest calendar year in state history. The northern Sierra Nevada, an area where snowpack is key to the state's water picture, has received only 10 percent of its average snowfall this month
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The issue of low water supply in reservoirs is not only bad news for people, but for fish too.
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That means the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is planning to reduce water releases from the dam into the American River, which could kill Chinook salmon eggs if the river's levels drop too low.

"From a fishery perspective, it's a really tough balancing act," Tom Gohring, executive director of coalition of local water agencies and environmental groups called Water Forum in Sacramento. "It's not a stretch to say people are on alert."

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Stupidly dry here. Not a fan of it. We have two cherry trees in our back yard and a few years ago, we got a great wet season and had tons of cherries. Now we'll have none.

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http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/201...-area-in-2013/

And looking at some specific #s from cities....

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With only a day to go in 2013, the city of San Francisco, which started recording rainfall 164 years ago, has had only 5.57 inches of rain since January, far below the city’s record low 9 inches in 1917, Benjamin said.
San Jose has had only 3.8 inches this year — the lowest since the city started recording rainfall 119 years ago — compared to its record low 6.04 inches in 1929, Benjamin said.
“We’re not talking short-term records,” Benjamin said.
Perhaps the biggest drop in rainfall this year has been in Kentfield, an unincorporated area of Marin County that is frequently the wettest part of the Bay Area, Benjamin said.
But Kentfield has seen a mere 7.8 inches of raindrops this year, much lower than its previous record low of 20.30 inches in 1989, according to Benjamin.

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http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/201...-conservation/

And from the mountains (where the water comes from):

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Statewide, the water content of snowpack was measured at about 20 percent of average for this time of year, and only 7 percent of the average April 1 measurement, the California Department of Water Resources said Friday.

Readings were 11 percent of average for the date for the northern mountains, 21 percent of average for the central Sierras and 30 percent of average for the southern Sierras.
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The state has just ended one of the driest years on record and crucial reservoirs that supply irrigation water in areas like the San Joaquin Valley are also low, officials said.

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And from the mountains (where the water comes from):
Which is a strain, because the ecology/conservation is messed up. I live the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, and while I know that the farms are important, once they prevented the rivers from flooding, they had nitrates into the ground, using up lots of groundwater for irrigation, it really puts a toll on the land. (and the fertilizer also causes pollution, so there's that, not to mention the bowl effect of mountains on either side of the valley).

This is my favorite image showing how much much water has been pumped out of the ground:



and then when the snowpack is light, it just compounds the issue.

The westside of the SJ valley shouldn't be farmland (but is), LA is dependent on Owens Valley, which used to be farmland, and SF gets their water from Hetch Hetchy.

There's a similar ongoing issue around the Great Lakes; I remember years ago being up around the thumb in MI, and being shocked at how far the lake had receded from the "lakefront" property there, IIRC, it was around Bay City.

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Reading a headline (article behind paywall) -- fire season is starting in January (rather than like April or May or even June) in the northern part of the state because it's that dry.



http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?sec...rticle-9382721

And in Southern California.... red flag warnings (extreme fire danger)

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Rob Mayeda ‏@RobMayeda What the #Sierra snowpack should look like (2013), vs 2014 @nbcbayarea #NASA #weather http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/MediaDetail2.php?MediaID=1483&MediaTypeID=1 pic.twitter.com/7Tx6lgZ2Om



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PBS/CNBC's Nightly Business Report tonight discussing the impact on food costs as farmers make decisions on crops they'll grow (or fields going fallow) with the state in drought. One farmer planning 30% of his land going fallow.

California provide the majority of vegetables in the country. Plus some beef.


Edit: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/01/16/...political.html

Some of the politics behind the drought, both internally in the California legislature, stretching all the way to the White House (with the two California senators and one congressman calling on the president for a drought task force). Especially with the state and federal agencies claiming "ownership" of the water throughout the state.)


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RobertaKPIX 10:12pm via Echofon California needs rain! RT @HuffingtonPost: Smoke from huge fire is visible from space (PHOTOS) #ColbyFire huff.to/1djwThB

Quoting just one image from above URL. Lots more information at that link



Colby fire started this morning (three kids started a fire because they were cold; currently being held on $500k bail each).

Red Flag warnings up all over the state. (TWC had more than 85% of the state in severe drought in the past week.)

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Josh_Richman 9:36am via Web STORY: Gov. Jerry Brown declares #CAdrought emergency amid California’s driest conditions in 100 years. http://t.co/XoVZaOj3YD

Finally.

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RobMayeda 10:40pm via Twitter for iPhone Next rain? Weak system next Thursday doesn't look good, but models hint at pattern shift early Feb. #CADrought pic.twitter.com/s7iplq6zRC

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http://www.livescience.com/42766-mou...a-drought.html

Satellite photos of Mt Shasta. Usually snow covered from November to May (peak in April). Only the "permanent" glaciers seem to remain.

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yeah this is really getting on my nerves. It seems like its probably going to be a very very rough summer here

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http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/201...nto-backyards/

More calls received about wild life coming into urban areas (digging up plants, attracted by green lawns, water). It may be an issue of life and death for the wildlife.

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weatherchannel 11:04am via HootSuite The Weather Channel has named Winter Storm #Maximus - and many people will actually welcome this storm: wxch.nl/1cvjILq






Some rain overnight (this morning) and through Thursday.


First noticeable precipitation at my place this (calendar) year.

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http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/201...ent-of-normal/

As of Thursday (while storm Maximus had mostly gone through), measurement shows that snowpack is only at 12% of normal.


More rain expected this weekend. But still a long way to go.

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http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/...ed-5193699.php

California halting water deliveries to reservoirs

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Department Director Mark Cowin said at a news conference that if the dry spell continues, only carryover water from last year will be channeled to the farmers and several towns that get their water from the State Water Project.

Never in the State Water Project's 54-year history has there been zero water allocation.

"Simply put, there's not enough water in the system right now for customers to expect any water this season from the project," Cowin said in a statement to the press.

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http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/201...alyze-drought/

NASA is deploying satellites to help analyze California's drought


(Saw chart on local news that we'd need 20+ inches just to get back to average in some areas of the state.)

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The weather guy on KGO said yesterday that the odds are 1000-1 that we get enough rain this year to get us out of the drought.

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May be a good time for NASA or the US gov't to seriously look into cloud seeding, and other forms of climate control/manipulation.

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So you guys are going to invade us now?

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May be a good time for NASA or the US gov't to seriously look into cloud seeding, and other forms of climate control/manipulation.
They (Tahoe/Reno) have been. But you have to have clouds to seed.

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DroughtGov 5:52am via Web CA, NV, NM, TX: drought drags on. East, N. Rockies look good. See map US Drought Monitor 1.usa.gov/1mx7rHt pic.twitter.com/nmz5Vu62St

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NWSBayArea 9:17am via Web Bad news -- all Sierra cams up to 7300' show virtually no snow. #cadrought pic.twitter.com/AwTBguLPPf

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http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/201...half-moon-bay/

California drought forces the Silicon Valley triathalon to move to ocean for swim section (as the reservoir they nominally use is too dry).

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