Skip to comments.Wet winter ends California drought after 376 straight weeks
Posted on 03/14/2019 7:56:09 PM PDT by Olog-hai
California is free of drought for the first time in more than seven years and only a small amount of its territory remains abnormally dry as a very wet winter winds down, experts said Thursday.
More than 93 percent of the state is free of drought or dryness, and areas of abnormal dryness along the Oregon border and in parts of four southern counties amount to less than 7 percent of the state, the U.S. Drought Monitor said in its weekly update.
The conditions in the far south are because of very dry prior years, the monitor said, noting reservoirs in San Diego County are at only 65 percent of capacity. Abnormal dryness describes an area either entering drought or emerging from it, but below the four tiers of drought.
California is drought-free for the first time since Dec. 20, 2011, said the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which jointly produces the monitor with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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The stored water in resiorvors will be dumped into the Pacific to save the River Delta Smelt.
They can go back to neglecting their dams.
Damn that Global Warming!
I don’t believe this for one second. We all know the new normal is perpetual drought with zero hope of rain or snow ever again.
Exactly. The drought mongers will NEVER stop whining about the drought, even if we’re up to our eyebrows in water. Gives them control over people.
Being a native Californian I have seen droughts come and go...It is quite normal.
Bill Nyeek the Science Geek is deeply saddened.
46 years in CA. I arrived in drought in ‘73. Hiked to the top of bone dry Yosemite Falls on a full sunshine cloudless 70 degree January day.
I’ve seen four drought / flood cycles. They generally follow the eleven year sunspot cycle.
Every time there’s a drought, people get absolutely freaking insane and hysteria reigns. This has gotten much worse since the warmists took so much power with their incessant bleating and propaganda.
Read Steinbeck’s first novel “To a God Unknown.” It’s about a Vermont farming family that arrives south of Salinas about 1880 and has four or five years of plentiful rain and successful crops and cattle herds. Then the inevitable drought hits, crops fail, almost all the cattle die and the family falls apart.
The cycle is nothing new at all, but most people don’t the understand California climate.
MY wife just said today that the weather is back to what we used to have in the winter.
I agree with you. Theres too much political power in drought monering. Id say this article is more lazy than dishonest though. The significant point is the percentage of California that it out of drought. The critical Vast Sierra watershed has been out of drought for two years. As magnificent as this season has been, out of 14 ski resorts, only one has exceeded the 2016-2016 accumulation, and that by only a couple inches. Two or three are close, and the rest arent especially close. We could struggle along with vast areas of the state under permanent drought conditions if we had this level of Sierra snowpack every year
Bad news for the wackos.
Oh. Well, then...
...’Climate Change’ is real? Gee, golly, gosh.
Amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing. The science is settled: No need for further action. Case clos-ed, Inspector.
My first recognized drought was in the early 70’s. It was later followed by rain...Malibu would slide off into the ocean every several years.
What do not people understand? It is a boom or bust cycle of rain here in the State. That's why dams and reservoirs were built...duh!
31 months...... long drought.
Its been a hell of a wet winter for Southern California
we in Northern California are well used to it we had a big big big big big rain two years ago ShASTA to Oroville TO Folsom all the big lakes went from like dry as a bone and you were wondering whether they were going to dry up completely to FULL
Southern Cal got a ton of it this year For the first year in many many many is long as I can remember actuallySouthern Cal is it about 150 to 200% of normal which is nothing because its a freaking desert Like 10 a year
but you know its all good the good Lord has blessed us with lots of rain you can never ever complain about rain if you live in a desert
Gotta love libs; first they constantly scream about droughts, then for 50 years they block and/or oppose the construction of every new dam or reservoir that would help us cope with one. No, they'd rather hire a thousand potty police to make sure a family of four only flushes its toilets once a day during any semblance of a drought.
If only we could get California to be Democrat-free.
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