Recent storms give California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack a huge boost

From the “permanent drought” but not this year department and NASA Earth Observatory. In Spanish, Sierra Nevada means “snowy mountain range.” During the past few months, the range has certainly lived up to its name. After a dry spell in December, a succession of storms in January and February 2019 blanketed the range. In many…

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New intensity scale ranks California’s ‘atmospheric river’ storm events just like hurricanes

Remember the series of reservoir filling and snowpack building winter storms California experienced mid-January? It was the result of an “atmospheric river” driving a series of Pacific storms onshore, just like the event that busted the Oroville Dam spillway in 2017, but not nearly as strong. Now there is a new scale to characterize strength…

Disrupting the Theory on PV and Global Warming

Disrupting the Theory on PV and Global Warming February 4, 2019 Guest post by Bob Vislocky From the “where theory doesn’t agree with the numbers” camp comes this Washington Post article and many others like it that we’re all familiar with by now which claims that global warming will cause more polar vortex disruptions thereby…