What “Permanent Drought”? California Governor officially declares end to drought emergency

From the “but the media told us the drought was permanent in California” fake news department.

Wired, May 2016: “Thanks El Niño, But California’s Drought Is Probably Forever“. “California is still in a state of drought. For now, maybe forever.” The article gives no support — none — for this clickbait claim. In January Wired attempted to weasel away from their claims by defining drought to mean needing more water than nature provides (“A Wet Year Won’t Beat California’s Never-Ending Drought“). Orwell nodded, unsurprised.

The NYT did no better in “California Braces for Unending Drought“, May 2016. The closest the article comes to supporting their headline is an odd statement by Governor Brown:  “But now we know that drought is becoming a regular occurrence…”  Drought has always been a regular occurrence in California. The governor also said that “California droughts are expected to be more frequent and persistent, as warmer winter temperatures driven by climate change reduce water held in the Sierra Nevada snowpack and result in drier soil conditions.” That is probable. But it is quite mad for the NYT to call more frequent droughts “an unending drought.”

By Bark Gomez and Yasemin Saplakoglu, Bay Area News Group

Sacramento >> On the heels of what is becoming one of the wettest rainfall seasons ever recorded in California, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday rescinded the drought emergency order he signed in 2014 while signaling new legislative efforts to maintain water conservation measures.

“This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” Brown said in a statement. “Conservation must remain a way of life.”

Brown is making permanent the bans on wasteful water practices, like hosing off sidewalks, and requiring water agencies to continue to report their water use every month to the state.

At the same time, state agencies Friday announced a long-term plan to better prepare California for future droughts with continued water conservation efforts. The framework requires new legislation to establish long-term water conservation measures and improved planning for more frequent and severe droughts.

“This framework is about converting Californians’ response to the drought into an abiding ethic,” California Department of Water Resources acting Director Bill Croyle said in a statement. “Technically, the drought is over, but this framework extends and expands our dry-year habits. Careful, sparing use of water from backyards to businesses and farm fields will help us endure the next inevitable drought.”

Brown’s executive order lifts the drought emergency in all California counties except Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne, where emergency drinking water projects will continue to help address diminished groundwater supplies, according to the governor’s release.

More: http://www.chicoer.com/general-news/20170407/governor-declares-end-to-drought-emergency

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Joe - The climate scientist
April 8, 2017 1:44 pm

AGW has been causing extreme droughts and extreme floods since 1850 BC
OOPs – I meant 1850AD

Reply to  Joe - The climate scientist
April 8, 2017 2:12 pm

Joe the predictions of Peak Rain & Snow like Peak Oil and Anti-Peak Hurricane is all about Hubris nothing about reality

Reply to  NowyKopernik
April 8, 2017 2:55 pm

Predictions always seem to follow a straight line….
…on other words, they can’t predict squat

Joe - The climate scientist
Reply to  NowyKopernik
April 8, 2017 3:08 pm

predictions are always hard – especially about the future

Donald Kasper
Reply to  NowyKopernik
April 8, 2017 4:34 pm

Peak oil is very real. Then new technology creates another peak does not invalidate the clear and accurate prediction of the first one.

Donald Kasper
Reply to  NowyKopernik
April 8, 2017 4:36 pm

Peak oil based on a normal distribution documents accurately have a wide range of biological systems operate. For example, in an interview years ago the manager documented how he grew his company by plotting the life cycle time scale of each product based on a normal distribution, and overlapped the introduction of new products at the decline stage of the previous one. The sum total was to create a modestly and continuously growing company. A dozen peak cycles were in his time chart. It was a very methodical way to grow a company.

Reply to  NowyKopernik
April 8, 2017 5:25 pm

Drought will become a rare and exciting event.

Leetle cheeldren will never know a world without water.

The inhumanity of it all……..

Reply to  NowyKopernik
April 8, 2017 5:39 pm

Peak Oil is very real, just as Peak Coal is very real. The Earth is finite, therefore ALL it’s resources are finite as well. But that doesn’t mean that we are anywhere near the limit of those resources.

The people who predict Peak Oil will happen in the next 10 years are very ignorant, just as the people who predicted Peak Coal would happen in 10 years back in the 1800’s were very ignorant.

We will probably stop drilling for oil in the next 50 years. It won’t be because it peaked. It will be because we will have developed better and cheaper means of producing energy, especially for transportation.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  NowyKopernik
April 8, 2017 6:39 pm

Speaking of ignorance, the original Peak Oil predictions were based on conventional, pooled oil, which was the only economical source at the time the predictions were first made. It never predicted that we would run out of oil, only that it eventually would become so expensive that alternatives would have to be found. Since then, breakthroughs in technology such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have provided an alternative to oil found in traps. The technological advance is the equivalent of a new energy source. However, fundamentally, the ‘fracked’ oil and gas will probably follow a similar but steeper curve of production, and probably a steeper decline. It was never about running out of oil, but a caution that exploration was not finding new sources quickly enough to forestall depletion. That problem was sidestepped by an alternative technology that doesn’t rely on finding a small target to drill, but rather drilling large areas. However, it is still a cautionary story about finite resources.

George Tetley
Reply to  NowyKopernik
April 9, 2017 12:16 am

What’s happened ????
I bought a gallon of gas at Scott Gas in Wilmington Delaware in 1962 for $0.9 yep nine cents!
(peak oil ? )

Reply to  George Tetley
April 9, 2017 7:38 am

I remember the “gas wars” days. That’s when I bought my first car ($45!). $.10/gallon was the going rate in California.

Reply to  NowyKopernik
April 9, 2017 7:51 am

Hey George, apparently they delivered the gas that was supposed to go to Indiana to you guys instead. Around here it jumped from 2.11 to 2.49 in the past week.

I hear it’s around $4 a gallon in parts of Cali. I know they have higher gas taxes there but surely not dollars more.

Supply and demand must be fun when you can control the supply and the demand can’t drop much without crashing the economy. Like a license to print money.

Reply to  NowyKopernik
April 10, 2017 7:25 am

The fact that new technology and new discoveries keep moving peak oil, is all the evidence that’s needed to conclude the concept of peak oil is fatally flawed.

April 8, 2017 1:49 pm

Of course, all the money spent on climate modeling assures us of accurate long term forecasts. And a bioengineering project assures us of flying pigs. (Do I need a sarc?)

Reply to  Tom Halla
April 8, 2017 2:07 pm

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, has many flying pigs. Why else would it be named Porkopolis? 🙂

Gunga Din
Reply to  SMC
April 8, 2017 2:54 pm

I thought Porkopolis was Washington DC?

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  SMC
April 8, 2017 3:25 pm

Cincy was, at one time, so called. I do know why, but that is not the topic here.
Before it was call that, it was called the Queen City of the West.

David A
Reply to  SMC
April 9, 2017 2:02 am

The governor also said that “California droughts are expected to be more frequent and persistent, as warmer winter temperatures driven by climate change reduce water held in the Sierra Nevada snowpack and result in drier soil conditions.” That is probable. But it is quite mad for the NYT…
Probable? I see exactly ZERO evidence of this probability.
Nor do I find evidence of flying pigs.
And Washington DC is not Porkolopis, but Morodor on the Potomac.

Gunga Din
Reply to  SMC
April 9, 2017 2:24 pm

John F. Hultquist April 8, 2017 at 3:25 pm
Cincy was, at one time, so called. I do know why, but that is not the topic here.
Before it was call that, it was called the Queen City of the West.

Born and raised about 4 miles south of Fountain Square.
Funny. As I was growing up, Dad would offer us goetta for breakfast. I think he was a bit amused at our reactions and refusals. (Maybe that’s why he kept offering it?)
I kinda’ like it now but it’s hard to find where I live now.

PS No part of it could fly. it couldn’t even flutter. 😎

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  SMC
April 9, 2017 6:49 pm

A Cincinnati 5-Way Chili is a better meal than goetta.

Warren Blair
April 8, 2017 1:54 pm
Reply to  Warren Blair
April 8, 2017 4:46 pm

Good ol’ FlimFlam. Just like Nye, why do people continue to listen to him.

A lot of people started to add water tanks to their backyards to offset water restrictions, then local councils wanted to profit from that and charge them accordingly. Look out California – here it comes.

Reply to  ЯΞ√ΩLUT↑☼N
April 9, 2017 4:13 am

Really?council charges? where?

We bought a water tank for gardening when we lived in the city and got a 10% grant from the State govt and not a peep from council + or -. Now we live in the bush and no tanks no water.

Michael Jankowski
April 8, 2017 1:56 pm

Now Mann, Romm, Gleick, et al, can STFU about it.

Fritz Brohn
Reply to  Michael Jankowski
April 8, 2017 5:28 pm

When the swine in “Porkopolis” fly!

Mark from the Midwest
April 8, 2017 2:04 pm

Not to forget that CA uses 4.4 million acre feet from the Colorado, and the Colorado Basin is “very damp” right now.

R. Shearer
Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
April 8, 2017 4:43 pm
Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
April 10, 2017 12:12 am

“California” doesn’t use it. Those clowns who are friends of Jerry south of the Tehachapis use it. They also slurp down a huge amount of perfectly good wild salmon medium exported from north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Of course quite a bit of that goes to growing cotton in the southern valley desert, grapes in aridosols, orchards in grasslands and similar wastes.

April 8, 2017 2:06 pm

Economics is perverse. Because of the paradox of thrift, unnecessary conservation efforts may have a bad effect on the economy.

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  commieBob
April 8, 2017 10:58 pm

v’. Thanks for the link.

April 8, 2017 2:07 pm

But that’s not anthropogenic water.

Joel O’Bryan
April 8, 2017 2:08 pm

They created an entire drought monitoring and restrictions bureaucracy with lots of positions and tax money.

“Let’s reduce the size of government.”
– said by no Democrat, ever.

Donald Kasper
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
April 8, 2017 4:41 pm

What is bizarre is the concept of infinite austerity. So when I got my demand letter to cut 90%, I was able to cut 50%. Okay, in the next drought, after others in the state have cut back on average 50%, and the demand is to cut back, the Dems will have that epiphany moment when not one drop more is conserved. Conservation only works about twice. I am not sure where infinite conservation as a Democratic concept came from.

Rhoda R
Reply to  Donald Kasper
April 8, 2017 6:22 pm

Especially as ‘dams’ are probably NOT part of the prep for the next drought is Moombeam;s plan.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Donald Kasper
April 8, 2017 6:23 pm

They are slowly but surely running agriculture out of the Central Valley. Both because of its water use (they want it for SoCal growth, and don’t want to build more reservoirs), and because those areas tend to vote Republican.

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
April 8, 2017 6:35 pm

+1 Except who/where is going to take over the “salad bowel” for much of the country?

Nighthawk 81
Reply to  Donald Kasper
April 9, 2017 7:34 am

… and then the water utility whines that the “peepul” aren’t using enough water, and therefore “we’ll have to raise our rates.”

Sheesh ….

Reply to  Donald Kasper
April 9, 2017 2:43 pm


Just as with manufacturing, “Progressives” want to drive salad production entirely to Mexico.

Interior CA should secede from the state and cut off water to the coastal counties. If the elites hate dams so much, how about breaching Hetch Hetchy?

The dimwits imagine they can restore the valley, while still meeting water needs:


If SF and LA were serious about “green” water, they’d be building nuclear powered desalinization plants. Wind and solar won’t cut it.

Reply to  Gloateus
April 9, 2017 4:47 pm

“….If SF and LA were serious about “green” water, they’d be building nuclear powered desalinization plants…” Desal is only an option when you don’t have fresh water sources. California lets more water drain to the ocean than it uses.

Reply to  Donald Kasper
April 9, 2017 2:47 pm


The Democrats are achieving their goals of driving Republican voters out of the state and replacing US citizens fleeing the Green Hell with illegal immigrants. Compare elections 32 years apart:

1984 (OK, maybe an extreme case):
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Reply to  Donald Kasper
April 9, 2017 2:50 pm

It’s effectively a one-party state.

Reply to  Gloateus
April 9, 2017 4:37 pm

That’s why the Dems will never allow it to split or break away. They’d lose all those electoral college votes.

April 8, 2017 2:22 pm

It would help if California were not trying to emulate such countries as Iraq and Syria with their astonishing rates of population increase.


Reply to  climatereason
April 8, 2017 5:53 pm

TonuB + many but that would mean closing the US border and that will never happen in Cali.

Reply to  climatereason
April 9, 2017 2:52 pm

CA also makes housing very expensive, thus crowded.

Bruce Cobb
April 8, 2017 2:27 pm

Conservation is, and always has been a good idea, especially in drought-prone areas. Nothing to do with so-called “climate change”, much as the Climate Liars would like it to be.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 10, 2017 7:30 am

That conservation needs to be combined with water storage. Otherwise increased conservation just means more water being flushed into the ocean.

April 8, 2017 2:28 pm

Governor Moon Beam would be the best Clown for the March For Hypocrisy in DC instead of Bill Nye the Gay Guy.

Ha ha

April 8, 2017 2:28 pm

“Moonbeam” Brown is having visions of catastrophe again I see.

Rhoda R
Reply to  Timpguy
April 8, 2017 6:23 pm

That is how the left survives politically – keep generating fear.

Reply to  Rhoda R
April 9, 2017 8:05 am

Yes, and the Republicans do the same except they use drugs, terrorism, crime, immigration, etc. to create their fear. Both major parties suck.

April 8, 2017 2:29 pm

I predict that there are still way too many people in California.

April 8, 2017 2:31 pm

Notice how the plans to help with the next inevitable drought are to use less water instead of providing more storage? How is California going to provide water for all those illegal immigrants it encourages to enter the state/country? The reservoirs may be full but it takes more time for the ground water basins to replenish. Nature once again saves poor planning just like it will save California from ‘Climate Change’.

Gunga Din
Reply to  markl
April 8, 2017 2:58 pm

Nature once again saves poor planning just like it will save California from ‘Climate Change’.

So…Nature is the CAGW’s meme editors’ worst enemy?

David A
Reply to  markl
April 9, 2017 2:08 am

If the excess water was sent through hundreds of miles of open base aqueducts instead of flushed the water table could more quickly recover.

Reply to  David A
April 9, 2017 7:42 am

Or directly inject it like we have been doing with treated sewage effluent.

Reply to  David A
April 9, 2017 11:58 am

At any rate, they’d be a more helpful use of tax dollars than Governor Moonbeam’s toy train set.

April 8, 2017 2:32 pm

Pity that no new reservoirs have been built to store some of this abundance of rain water for when the next drought comes “around the corner.” The last reservoir completed in CA with > 100,000KCM capacity was 1968 (Lake Success). The last with >1,000,000KCM capacity was 1970 (New Bullards Bar).

But high-speed rail is coming soon!

Mark from the Midwest
Reply to  techgm
April 8, 2017 3:45 pm

Depends on what the meaning of soon is.

“The California High-Speed Rail Authority is seven years behind schedule on the easiest-to-build Central Valley segment.”

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444262/

Reply to  techgm
April 8, 2017 4:50 pm

High speed rail? Maybe they can bring water quickly from the Great Lakes or Hudson’s Bay.

Reply to  Barryjo
April 8, 2017 5:34 pm

The municipal/state/federal planning horizon seems to be about the same as “…my grandpa said…”. In other words if it ain’t gonna happen tomorrow we don’t worry.

April 8, 2017 2:42 pm

Just imagine how bad the control freakery would be if weren’t impossible for humans to conspire . .

April 8, 2017 2:48 pm

Reservoirs are full and snowpack just got another big boost this weekend. Too bad they had to dump so much water out of Oroville, so much that it could have provided basically all of LA’s water for most of a year.

April 8, 2017 2:53 pm

This is truly horrible situation. This can’t stand. This is a time for problems, not lack of them. We have to come up with something really bad, right away!

Carbon dioxide must be much more dangerous than previously thought. An excess of rain is virtually killing all the wildlife in California, washing them out to sea. The cloud covered skies of California and Donald Drumpf are making me depressed.

Oh Gaia, what have we done to anger you?

Reply to  Poems of Our Climate
April 9, 2017 7:24 pm

Now they will call it Carbonic acid rain

April 8, 2017 2:54 pm

Just because the drought is over, that doesn’t mean the water control overseers will give up any of their power to decide who gets water and who doesn’t.

Really, are you even surprised? ○¿○

Gunga Din
Reply to  schitzree
April 8, 2017 3:01 pm

Smelt first.
Dogs and cats next.
Then the inedible fruits of Ma’ Gaia.
Last, but certainly least, people.

David A
Reply to  Gunga Din
April 9, 2017 2:14 am

Smelt, you mean that brackish fish driven to near extinction by California importing game fish, then more aggessive Asian Smelt??

Yes, you mean that Smelt, the one Universities have received 400 million to study.

April 8, 2017 3:00 pm

Climate cycles without end!

April 8, 2017 3:03 pm

To better prepare for future droughts, California needs to limit growth and build more reservoirs.

Another option would be to build nuclear plants to power desalinization plants.

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  ddpalmer
April 8, 2017 6:26 pm

Desal has far greater issues than just power.

Capturing freshwater runoff before it hits the Pacific via things like the LA “River” would make much more sense than treating the saltwater it mixes with.

Reply to  Michael Jankowski
April 8, 2017 6:36 pm


Mario Lento
April 8, 2017 3:06 pm

Most reservoirs do not have much more capacity than to hold average levels. So there is no buffer to hold more water in wet years. That means much water is let go to avoid, as best possible, overflow conditions. This is the problem. A self made crisis.

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  Mario Lento
April 8, 2017 6:30 pm

True. But there is aquifer storage capacity in the ground that can be utilized as well.

David A
Reply to  Michael Jankowski
April 9, 2017 2:15 am


Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  Mario Lento
April 9, 2017 2:43 am

Most reservoirs do not have much more capacity than to hold levels slightly over

average of the population’s demand at construction time.

April 8, 2017 3:10 pm

With the continuing climate change causing droughts to become more frequent, the Governor will find there is a new major drought every 4 or 5 months!

Reply to  fundy48
April 8, 2017 3:35 pm

Weather forecast says we may have a drought this afternoon!

Reply to  JohnKnight
April 8, 2017 9:34 pm

Excellent. +10

April 8, 2017 3:25 pm

This chart shows California’s population growth since 1880


The state is shown as having periodic drought since the first US weather review monthlies from 1850 . It will need to install much more water storage or drastically reduce consumption if the populace are to have sufficient water for everyday needs


April 8, 2017 3:28 pm

Permanent droughts just don’t last as long as they used to in the good old days.

David A
Reply to  ntesdorf
April 9, 2017 2:16 am

Never let a permanent drought go to waste.

April 8, 2017 3:31 pm

At no time during the drought did any water agency refuse to issue “will serve” letters to new development proposals.

April 8, 2017 3:35 pm

“It’s Official, Global Warming and Higher CO2 Ended the California Drought!!!”

Reply to  co2islife
April 8, 2017 3:37 pm

You beat me to it by 1 minute!

April 8, 2017 3:36 pm

Global warming ends “Permanent Drought!”

My god, is there anything Global Warming can’t do?

Reply to  Brian
April 8, 2017 3:58 pm

If by Global Warming you mean CO2…No, there’s nothing it can’t do.

John F. Hultquist
April 8, 2017 3:36 pm

Link: Soil compaction

What is a long term issue is the subsidence. Soil compaction results in a reduction of the pore sizes between particles, resulting in essentially a permanent condition.
Unlike a fattened-dried sponge, the deep layers cannot be rehydrated by excess water flowing over the surface. When the next drought arrives, pumping will be less effective.

April 8, 2017 3:36 pm

Silly me. And here I thought movie studios chose Hollywood because of how many sunny days California has. I now see that before humans started spewing so much of Satan’s gas California was a veritable rain forest. And I now see that the Anasazi Indians who lived nearby left because they were scared of the evil white man and not because of a severe long-term drought in that part of the world. [end sarcasm]

April 8, 2017 3:39 pm
April 8, 2017 3:51 pm

Gov. Brown overheard a legislator say “make it rain” when talking about some new Kalifornia tax, and he got confused.

April 8, 2017 4:04 pm

Maybe senator Elizabeth Warren did a “Reverse Rain Dance.” That’d do it!

April 8, 2017 4:21 pm

So after 4 years of ineffective leadership dealing with severe drought Jerry Brown declares a “permanent drought” in California. That’s a nice way to cover you’re mistakes. Of course, 9 months later the drought is over and the reservoirs are close to being back to normal. Maybe Jerry Brown should have declared the permanent drought sooner?

April 8, 2017 4:30 pm

The forecast storm could push the Sierra into the record books:
Check out the graphic

Rich Lambert
April 8, 2017 4:32 pm

I wonder if any consideration has been given to pumping some of the excess runoff into the aquifers since California isn’t into building dams.

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  Rich Lambert
April 9, 2017 2:51 am

I wonder if any consideration has been given to pumping some of the excess runoff into the aquifers since California isn’t into building dams.

Yes, where’s the connection valves into the aquifers.

April 8, 2017 4:56 pm

Whether it’s permanent drought or permanent deluge, it’s unprecedented, worse than we thought and all our fault!

Repent, sinners!

NW sage
April 8, 2017 4:56 pm

“At the same time, state agencies Friday announced a long-term plan to better prepare California for future droughts with continued water conservation efforts. The framework requires new legislation to establish long-term water conservation measures and improved planning for more frequent and severe droughts.”
As I read this it occurred to me that a self fulfilling non-prophecy may be occurring here; drought is usually felt as not enough water to use as needed. Therefore better planning for the use of ALL water resources will mean more WILL be available whenever needed in the future. Therefore, if a good job of planning is done there will be less drought. Good job Moonbeam! [But I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a good job to be done by ANY bureaucracy!]

April 8, 2017 5:17 pm

Hmm, droughts come and go in cycles. Why is it so far-fetched then to think that other changes in climate might also come and go in cycles and are not all caused by CO2?

April 8, 2017 5:33 pm

In Australia, as NSW and Queensland once more suffer from damaging floods, here’s a timely reminder of some predictions by false prophets of the CAGW cult, backed up by such luminaries as Professor David Karoly and various CSIRO identities.

‘It pays to check out Tim Flannery’s predictions about climate change.’
Andrew Bolt Herald Sun February 12, 2011:12:00AM


If just a fraction of the money spent on allegedly “stopping climate change” had been spent on the mitigation or prevention of flooding in urban areas, we would not be facing such a physically, mentally and financially disastrous aftermath.

Reply to  hillbilly33
April 9, 2017 8:49 am

Has there been a change in climate to a pattern of increased average annual rainfall? No.

Dry years and extreme weather interrupting is not an end to droughts…

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Griff
April 9, 2017 11:27 pm

Err, Griff, some light reading for you might learn ya summat about Aus…


April 8, 2017 5:54 pm

Big water bureaucracy needs money to keep going, to pay the public servants to watch your consumption … and then your consumption is “permanently” halved and the revenues drop accordingly so your consumption priced rates increase. Happened here in Oz and so will it happen in Kalifornya … together with your up coming new fuel taxes!

Doc Chuck
Reply to  Streetcred
April 8, 2017 9:04 pm

Speaking of big bureaucracy and running out of resources, consider the bankruptcies of Stockton, Vallejo, and San Bernardino California canaries in the much larger mine of politically over-promised burgeoning state government employee retirement funding that following generations will face along with the stupefying federal equivalent in unfunded liabilities that easily pales our $20 trillion accumulated “national debt” that doubled in the last 8 years.
Even Barack Obama Sr., the former POTUS’ absentee father and frustrated Kenyan economist, had to acknowledge that a 100% tax rate posed some kind of a limitation on what a socialist regime could reap from its serfdom. And for a further herald of what’s yet to come, check out how soon ObamaCare was so economically insupportable that years ago Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac investor funds were raided to keep that fanciful ball in the air (in the earlier pattern of diverted social security trust fund assets to the federal general fund for more immediate voter-pleasing uses) even with the soaring insurance premiums and whopping deductables upon deployment both taking a true hockey stick graphic form.
We’ve been so content to live beyond our means in so many deferred payment ways that Popeye’s cartoon pal Wimpy (“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today!”) is the poster child for our own impatient desire for comfortable shiny new stuff.
On the other hand, California’s undocumented immigration burden will have its built-in solution when its legislature makes central valley agriculture prohibitive enough that as some wag once put it, busloads of farm owners are spotted slipping over the border into Mexico.

April 8, 2017 5:57 pm

Off topic but I loved this science of increasing air turbulence caused by AGW. https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/like-to-fly-hate-turbulence-science-says-itll-get-worse/81166/

Reply to  Eve
April 8, 2017 7:41 pm

It’s just nonsense Eve. There’s no evidence at all increasing CO2 has caused increased CAT over the past 40 years. My association with NASA and NOAA involved the study of clear air turbulence and it dates to 1978. We have the records. These folks are making stuff up out of whole cloth and calling it a simulation. It’s disgusting.

They have real data. They use simulations instead. It’s purely appalling.

Reply to  Bartleby
April 8, 2017 9:25 pm

Thanks, I knew it was nonsense but anything to scare the sheeple.

Ken Mitchell
April 8, 2017 6:04 pm

“Conservation must remain a way of life.”

Well, YES, considering that California has almost doubled the number of residents since 1979, and has added NOT ONE DROP of new reservoir space since then. I wonder whose fault THAT is?

Reply to  Ken Mitchell
April 8, 2017 6:44 pm

No one knows how many illegal aliens live in CA, so its population is probably well over 40 million. Maybe 50 million.

When I was at Stanford, 1969-73, CA surpassed NY as the most populous state, with almost 20 million in the 1970 census. So, it has well more than doubled since then. And I felt it had too many people in 1969.

CA had 5.7 million in 1930, 6.9 million in 1940, 10.6 million in 1950 and 15.7 million 1960, again probably all too low. So it almost doubled in 1930-50, again in 1950-70, then again in 1970-2017. Both immigration and the postwar baby boom accounted for the first doubling, but in the ’70s the CA dream withered and citizens left the state in droves for other Western states, where they recreated the same Big Government, countercultural nightmares that caused them to flee. The mad fools!

Of CA’s 40 million people, at least ten million are legal immigrants. There is a similar number of illegals.

Reply to  Gloateus
April 8, 2017 7:28 pm

” Of CA’s 40 million people, at least ten million are legal immigrants. There is a similar number of illegals.” Which would mean 50% of people in California can’t vote legally (assuming ‘legal immigrants’ aren’t citizens yet) and 25% don’t pay income tax. I don’t think the numbers are that skewed but I bet it’s significant.

Reply to  Ken Mitchell
April 8, 2017 7:36 pm

“I wonder whose fault THAT is?”

Defenders of the smelt.

California has built far to many residential homes in the past 50 years. It’s not that more water is available, it isn’t. It’s not that people haven’t protested the diversion of water for residential use, they have.

No one listens, people are allowed to build more homes and CA is in a continuous state of drought. It isn’t magic.

IF CA doesn’t immediately stop issuing permits for new construction of residential real estate, every property owner in the state will face bankruptcy. No choice. It absolute must happen.

April 8, 2017 6:20 pm

In my experience it is a common ploy used by the left and others caught out in the open committing factual errors to try to redefine a key term or two to twist the argument. They have no embarrassment about lying or distorting the truth, but they are afraid of being found to be in error – almost hysterically so. This is because their objective is not related to the Truth so much as protecting their own precarious egos.

April 8, 2017 6:28 pm

John Steinbeck, East of Eden: “And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way. “

April 8, 2017 7:27 pm

My family moved to central CA in 1964.

Since then, the formula has been to develop and sell residential real estate absent any infrastructure planning. Developers aren’t required to establish water supplies, power or even roads beyond the subdivisions.

The result has been private profit and public expense; water is paid for by taxes along with roads and to a very large extent power. The same infrastructure is sold over and over to an increasing number of property owners, who also happen to pay property taxes.

Moonbeam and every other Governor of California, along with every state legislature elected since 1964, have failed to invest in the infrastructure necessary to support the population and new development in the state. This isn’t a mystery.

The people of California are simply being screwed blue and tattooed by their elected representative and private real estate developers. Brown is an environmental rapist, so was his dad. He’s rich, he has a private well, and he just doesn’t care as long as he receives a nonstop supply of leftover starlets and wanabe rock legends from Hollywood.

It’s going to collapse. No stopping it. I plan to be dead before it happens.

Reply to  Bartleby
April 9, 2017 9:47 am

I’m a Cali native and I get what your saying. But the dems/enviros have led us down this path. With the collapse of the inner cities and ensuing white flight they had no choice but to build out. But the dems have refused to build the infrastructure needed to carry the load. Caltrans and their HOV lanes, metered on ramps, no lane widening until all the surrounding areas are built out making it way harder to expand. Overhead rail should’ve been done decades ago but the enviro nimbys stopped that in its tracks so all we get for billions is slow rail and endless train crossings backing up traffic. Which I think is their goal. There is a huge push to go high density along transit corridors. They want to make it so crowded and time consuming that we’ll give up our cars/freedom. The problem is their public transit options are even slower. Like you I’ll be long gone when the fecal matter hits the oscillation device.

April 8, 2017 7:29 pm

I’ve been skiing all over the Sierras, in fact at least once a month for more than 13 years, and I can say with absolute certainty that this will be a good summer back-country ski season. But more to the point, their is no such thing as an average season here,here except by coincidence. The local climate bounces between extremes and the ‘authoritative’ models are clueless.

Reply to  co2isnotevil
April 9, 2017 9:49 am

Exactly! All one has to do is drive the 395 and look at the landscape. Lush forests followed by almost lunar landscape void of vegetation.

Reply to  Gonzo
April 9, 2017 7:46 pm

Yes. I’ve been driving 395 to Mammoth regularly. What has struck me is that once you get to 108, it was white on both sides of the desert road.

April 8, 2017 9:14 pm

I can’t believe Moonbeam didn’t claim his green energy plans and cap and trade program made the difference.

Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
April 8, 2017 10:37 pm

There is no such thing as “permanent drought”. California is not in desert. Droughts and floods follow a rhythmic pattern. First the officials must educate the rulers on this issue and make appropriate long term plans by using the projected needs for future with the increased population density and other needs. Because of the climatologists presented drought indices for different regions.

Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

April 9, 2017 12:23 am

“Conservation must remain a way of life.”

Danger – Liberal progressive extract 100%
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4 Eyes
April 9, 2017 3:03 am

“as warmer winter temperatures driven by climate change…”. I thought CO2 caused warmer winter temperatures which caused the climate to change. Now CO2 causes climate change directly and this causes temperatures to rise?

April 9, 2017 8:47 am

I’d have said the end of a drought would be the return to the ‘normal’ (statistically average) rainfall pattern.

10 years of dry punctuated by an extreme weather event doesn’t seem to fit that.

Is California going to return to its rainfall pattern of the last half of the 20th century?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Griff
April 10, 2017 3:43 am

Statistically average? You mean made up? Or, define what is normal…ah forget it…

Steve Oregon
April 9, 2017 8:48 am

The mendacity persists.

Drought’s over, but climate change is still coming for California

California snowpack healthy again, but warming looms large

April 9, 2017 10:22 am

Civilized people have known for a long time the importance of saving the surplus from the good years to provide for the lean years. Are there no civilized people in California?

Kalifornia Kook
April 9, 2017 11:40 am

A couple of notes about major reservoirs shown:
– Perris is being kept at low levels until earthquake mitigation work is completed.
– Folsom is being kept at low levels until the new spillway is completed this year.
– Obviously, Oroville is being kept at low levels to repair damage caused by overflowing the emergency spillway earlier this year.
– I don’t know what is going on at Millerton, but you can clearly see that they have been dumping water at high rates.
So, if not for dumping water, all the major reservoirs shown would be above historical averages, and many at historical highs. Some using spillways in anticipation of new major in-flows as the unusually high snow packs begin to melt this summer.

April 9, 2017 2:25 pm

Moonbeam’s cuckoo CACA elite coastal policies are destroying the economies of interior CA counties, creating an Appalachian fly-over state within a state:


jim heath
April 9, 2017 5:23 pm

What does it take to become a Climate scientist? It’s great, if it rains they’re right if it dosen’t they’re right. Let’s face it you CAN NEVER BE WRONG.

April 10, 2017 7:23 am

Since Moonbeam is opposed to all forms of water storage, why does it matter if wasteful practices resume once the drought is over? Any water saved from such restrictions will just be flushed out to sea and lost anyway.

Joel Snider
April 10, 2017 12:54 pm

Well, Gilda said it best… ‘Never mind’.

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