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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:06 PM

California on course for driest year on record

Thirsty California may get a smidgen of rain this coming week, but it is not likely to change what, so far, has been the driest calendar year in recorded history.

No rain at all fell in San Francisco in October and only 3.95 inches has fallen since Jan. 1, the smallest amount of precipitation to date since record keeping began 164 years ago, according to the National Weather Service.

Things can still change, but the storm predicted to roll in Monday and Tuesday has already petered out, according to forecasters, who are expecting only sprinkles, if that.

"It's absolutely dry," said Bob Benjamin, a National Weather Service forecaster. "We just went through October where there was no measurable precipitation in downtown San Francisco. That's only happened seven times since records started."

http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/California-on-course-for-driest-year-on-record-4971192.php

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Jesus Malverde Nov 2013 OP
mc51tc Nov 2013 #1
Le Taz Hot Nov 2013 #5
warrior1 Nov 2013 #2
Le Taz Hot Nov 2013 #4
Le Taz Hot Nov 2013 #3
Jamaal510 Nov 2013 #6
kestrel91316 Nov 2013 #7
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2013 #8

Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:03 PM

1. It is ironic:

California and Texas finally have something in common. Two of the biggest and most populated states in the USA are running out of water. Now, if we could only get the two to work on a solution to our water woes instead of fighting with each other.

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Response to mc51tc (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:37 PM

5. Then tell Texas' idiot Governor

to stop cruising for businesses to move OUT of California to a state that apparently has no environmental regulations. Stuff tends to blow up when that happens.

And you want us to negotiate with Ted Cruz? Really?

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:08 PM

2. I think that the Old Farmer's Almanac

as predicted a very wet winter for California because of El Nino.

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Response to warrior1 (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:35 PM

4. El Ninos are VERY good.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:34 PM

3. Well, outside of "The City"

we don't usually get rain until at least November. Most of our rain comes in December-April.

It may be the driest year on record in "The City" but if you look at geological data we've had 100+ years of drought historically. I guess this will be the newest excuse not to restore Hetch Hetchy.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:12 PM

6. I'm up in

Humboldt, and even some folks there say that it hasn't been raining as much as it usually does. It's funny because I found a place here a couple months ago with the expectation for it to rain a lot, when the weather has mostly been mild and dry here thus far, just like back home in the Bay Area. It'll probably pick up as we head into the later half of November and into December, though.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:22 PM

7. Now that you mention it, I think our rainfall pretty much ended around

 

New Year's. And we haven't had anything measurable yet this fall. So unless it gets busy (and it already would have if it were going to be a rainy fall), we could go 12 months without measurable rain.

But we did have a couple years in a row without much rain a few years back. All it takes is one dry winter and you have basically 24 months or more without rain.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 04:08 PM

8. it has been a bit dry for novemeber

 

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