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Drought-busting El Niņo has come to town
SFGate.com ^ | 1/20/10 | Kevin Fagan

Posted on 01/21/2010 10:32:26 AM PST by NormsRevenge

SAN FRANCISCO -- El Niño is officially here. Finally.

Miserable commutes, howling winds, flooding streams, closed schools - this week's storms have had all the nasty punishments the famed weather pattern was supposed to bring, but hadn't so far this winter.

Thunder-filled skies dumped more than an inch of rain in most Bay Area locations for the third consecutive day Wednesday, and by the time everyone was able to see clearly through the car windshield again in the evening, the verdict was clear.

"It was looking more like El No-show than El Niño a couple of months ago, but there's no real doubt now," said National Weather Service forecaster Dave Reynolds. "This is now a pattern reminiscent of a moderate to strong El Niño, and it's not going to go away.

"We've now caught up in rainfall, and this kind of weather should last through the spring."

Statewide, reservoirs are still just at 74 percent of average to date, a hangover from three drier-than-normal years. Some are doing far better, however, including Hetch Hetchy, ..

And the Sierra snowpack, where the bulk of California's water supply is stored until summer, is at 96 percent of normal, and growing by the hour.

No more high pressure

The advent of a true El Niño is encouraging, and at best a harbinger of much wetness to come, Reynolds said.

In an El Niño, he explained, unusually warm conditions in the tropical Pacific shove clouds and thunderstorms across the ocean and into the West Coast. Most of those clouds weren't getting here until now, however, because of a high pressure system squatting off the California coast - but that system recently departed, and El Niño is free to rampage.

"The last time we had this kind of El Niño was in 1997-98," Reynolds said.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; droughtbusting; elnino; stormwatch
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1 posted on 01/21/2010 10:32:26 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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Closing in on 5 inches here in San Jose since Sunday and still coming..


2 posted on 01/21/2010 10:34:44 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Doesn’t that mean we over here on the right coast may have better weather?


3 posted on 01/21/2010 10:36:14 AM PST by b4its2late (Before you can control a horse, you have to break it. Sound familiar?)
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Not one but two apartment buldings hang on the edge..

Pacifica cliff erosion continues to threaten apartment building. Photo: LIONEL EMDE

4 posted on 01/21/2010 10:36:19 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: b4its2late

Good question.

Uhh, No.. Maybe Not. Have the manatees defrosted yet? :-)

all them big cold masses of air take a long time to clear out

and as long as moisture is getting slung its direction

snow and sleet happens.

I hope we have good weather for the SuperBowl.. Vikes Jets :-)


5 posted on 01/21/2010 10:39:19 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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San FRancisco NEXRAD Radar

I'm right about smack dab in the middle of the orangeish gob

6 posted on 01/21/2010 10:42:21 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

SF...unbelievable, whinning about much needed rain.

Maybe the Imperial Valley can now go back to work without harming any “smelt”.


7 posted on 01/21/2010 10:42:51 AM PST by padre35 (You shall not ignore the laws of God, the Market, the Jungle, and Reciprocity Rm10.10)
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8 posted on 01/21/2010 10:43:12 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
We still got a big glob way out in the Pacific getting sucked this way and
the one on top of us with lots of speckled clouds which means colder air..
which will wring moisture out of anything it touches.

Got 'shovel ready'?

9 posted on 01/21/2010 10:46:06 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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Jet Stream
10 posted on 01/21/2010 10:48:20 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: b4its2late
El Nino typically will produce wetter than normal conditions for the souther US, while areas in the northern US experience drier and relatively warmer conditions. It's really dependent on the position of the polar and sub-tropical jet streams.
11 posted on 01/21/2010 10:54:27 AM PST by halo66
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To: All

LA broke its all time lowest barometric pressure record:

RECORD EVENT REPORT...CORRECTED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA 825 AM PST THU JAN 21 2010

PRELIMINARY RECORD LOWEST BAROMETRIC PRESSURE AT LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT... AT 820 AM PST...THE BAROMETRIC PRESSURE AT LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FELL TO 29.20 INCHES OF MERCURY...OR 988.8 MB. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD LOWEST BAROMETRIC PRESSURE READING OF 29.25 INCHES...OR 990.6 MB...SET ON JANUARY 17TH 1988. IT IS LIKELY THAT THE PRESSURE WILL FALL EVEN FURTHER THROUGH THE MORNING...AND THE RECORD WILL CONTINUE TO MONITORED. PRESSURE DATA RECORDS AT LOS ANGELES AIRPORT DATE BACK TO 1931.


12 posted on 01/21/2010 10:57:54 AM PST by halo66
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To: halo66

Sweet. Thanks.


13 posted on 01/21/2010 11:00:53 AM PST by b4its2late (Before you can control a horse, you have to break it. Sound familiar?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Cool, greatly reduced chance of landfall hurricanes this year.


14 posted on 01/21/2010 11:02:36 AM PST by BushCountry (We divide into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.)
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To: b4its2late

Ouch

spin-offs of El Neenjaaa?

A Night of Tornadoes in East Texas, Louisiana
http://www.accuweather.com/mt-news-blogs.asp?blog=Weathermatrix


15 posted on 01/21/2010 11:08:45 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Them places are in trouble.


16 posted on 01/21/2010 11:21:08 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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New Pacific Storm to Endanger Los Angeles, Phoenix Communities
http://www.accuweather.com/

A new Pacific storm will unleash the worst of its fury across Southern California and Arizona today into tonight. It is inevitable that more flooding, mudslides, wind damage and burying mountain snow will result, potentially leading to deadly and destructive consequences. Heavy rain from previous storms this week has heighten the threat of flooding and mudslides, even outside of the recently burned areas. Severe thunderstorms could also add to the storm’s danger.

Full Story
http://www.accuweather.com/regional-news-story.asp?region=westusnews


17 posted on 01/21/2010 11:22:43 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m sure the Bay area needs a good hosing down.


18 posted on 01/21/2010 11:28:58 AM PST by Overtaxed Patriot (Lock and load.)
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19 posted on 01/21/2010 11:34:40 AM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Overtaxed Patriot
the Bay area needs a good hosing down.

With a strong bleach mixture...

20 posted on 01/21/2010 11:35:45 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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