U.S. EIA: “Record Precipitation, Snowpack in California”

Guest post by David Middleton MARCH 22, 2017 Record precipitation, snowpack in California expected to increase hydro generation in 2017 For the first time since 2011, California’s drought is significantly weakening—a result of one of the wettest winters on record. California has experienced record levels of precipitation this winter, and unlike last winter, cooler temperatures…

California Snowpack 185% of normal, another big snow on the way

From the “California is in a permanent drought due to climate change – because we said so” department comes this good news from NASA, CA DWR, and NOAA From NASA: Abundant Snowpack Blankets the Sierra Nevada March 3, 2017 Snowpack on the Sierra Nevada provides one-third of the water consumed by California citizens, farmers, and…

Newly created for the climate lexicon: ‘flash droughts’

From the NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH/UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH comes this twist of the long used “flash flood” term used to describe a weather event. The definition of flash flood is: ” a local flood of short duration generally resulting from heavy rainfall in the immediate vicinity” A more detailed description is at the…