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California drought: Scientists puzzled by persistence of blocking 'ridge'
The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 1-21-14 | Gloria Goodale

Posted on 01/21/2014 10:06:23 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic

While much of the United States has experienced a weather year with fewer extremes and an easing drought, the record-breaking California drought – the worst since 1895 – is not leaving the region anytime soon, according to climatologists.

The unseasonal balmy but dry weather is the result of an equally unprecedented high pressure ridge lurking offshore and blocking the typical winter storms needed to drop precipitation all along the West Coast.

This ridge has persisted for 13 months and the longer it lingers, the less likely it is to leave, points out climatologist Brian Fuchs, from the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. This high pressure ridge system is feeding on itself, “creating a sort of perfect environment for perpetuating the dry conditions” it creates, he says.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: drought; feinstein; pelosi; water
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1 posted on 01/21/2014 10:06:24 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Maybe global warming is for real. Maybe conservative deniers have been wrong.


2 posted on 01/21/2014 10:11:22 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Geoengineering, they been spraying the crap out of the skies ,, messing with jetstreams has consequences


3 posted on 01/21/2014 10:12:57 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Fiji Hill

My vote is for “the wrath of God.”


4 posted on 01/21/2014 10:16:57 PM PST by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

ManBearPig’s fault.


5 posted on 01/21/2014 10:17:25 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Fiji Hill

God will punish any nation that embraces sin and crosses it into sodomy. 9/11/2001 was our first shaking. Financial implosion in 2008 is our second shaking. Our third shaking will be in 2015. Each shaking will be worst then the one before. If nation does not repent, shaking will keep happening every 7 years till nation is destroyed.


6 posted on 01/21/2014 10:18:35 PM PST by Fee
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To: afraidfortherepublic

7 posted on 01/21/2014 10:23:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: Fiji Hill

Fukushima.


8 posted on 01/21/2014 10:24:48 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I think maybe long droughts are not unusual in California. I had found out some years ago that there was a 25 year drought in CA in the second half of the 1800s. It killed off the cattle industry. In geologic terms, maybe that’s a thing that comes along every 100-150 years, or something.

Kinda wish we had gone for some desalinization plants, instead of the “high speed rail” project.


9 posted on 01/21/2014 10:25:42 PM PST by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Fiji Hill

you forgot the /sarc tag.


10 posted on 01/21/2014 10:33:38 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

HAARP...


11 posted on 01/21/2014 10:37:17 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: married21

The state can’t gobble up vast swaths of real estate through eminent domain with desalinization plants.


12 posted on 01/21/2014 10:37:42 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans
"My vote is for “the wrath of God.”

Though God causes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust alike, California is a state that has infected the entire world with pornography, homosexuality, drugs, adultery, cults, you name it. And when you do blatent feces like this:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2013/11/18/sarah-silverman-abortion-fundraiser

I can't think of more "in your face" against God at all.

13 posted on 01/21/2014 10:40:10 PM PST by Dogbert41 (Up yours NSA !)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The unseasonal balmy but dry weather is the result of an equally unprecedented high pressure ridge lurking offshore and blocking the typical winter storms needed to drop precipitation all along the West Coast.

I wonder if the high off the Pacific Coast is related to the low bearing down over the Midwest (and bringing polar air with it). Maybe the regular "storm door" will open on the West Coast once the low in the Midwest disappears.

14 posted on 01/21/2014 10:40:53 PM PST by thecodont
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To: Fiji Hill

If the Earth were warming, there would be more precipitation, not less.


15 posted on 01/21/2014 10:42:01 PM PST by rottndog ('Live Free Or Die' Ain't just words on a bumber sticker...or a tagline.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Not that unusual, I've seen it at least a dozen times in my lifetime.

Get an early rain and you can count on a dry season in So. California.

Having spent my entire life in the construction industry i’m conscious of weather patterns where most people can't remember from one year to the next.

16 posted on 01/21/2014 10:42:44 PM PST by dalereed
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To: dalereed

Looking forward to the late February storm that pretty much always brings snow to Oak Glen... then take the kids to build a snowman at the schoolyard. Seems to always come late February regardless.


17 posted on 01/21/2014 10:48:42 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Lord, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.)
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To: married21

During the Middle ages, California had a drouth that lasted a hundred years. Nothing more unpredictable than the weather, except the workings of a human brain.


18 posted on 01/21/2014 10:50:02 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It is a ridge.

Why it dynamite the damned thing and free the water it holds the

We still got the pacific ocean. It’s not like we’re gonna run outta water soon....


19 posted on 01/21/2014 10:50:51 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: antceecee
We will still get some spring rain below the Tehathapies s/p? but not a whole lot.
20 posted on 01/21/2014 10:53:36 PM PST by dalereed
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I think it’s called weather. We are presently in an interglacial period. Before too long everything north of 48 degrees will be under a mile of ice. I guarantee it.


21 posted on 01/21/2014 11:05:09 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Eagles6

I have read, from sometime back we were headed into colder temperatures for a time...some say possible ten years, maybe less. But as in all weather they can only speculate for the most part. Indications might “point to” possibilities but it’s pretty difficult to be accurate in the ways people demand today.

The Jet Stream will move as it does and certainly affects all areas....always has...but there are many things which affect weather patterns and changes from my understanding...no one thing will determine the outcome.


22 posted on 01/21/2014 11:10:00 PM PST by caww
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To: afraidfortherepublic
If they are surprised, they are not Scientists.

QED.

23 posted on 01/21/2014 11:14:34 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: married21
"Kinda wish we had gone for some desalinization plants, instead of the “high speed rail” project."

Too smart/intelligent/etc. you are.

24 posted on 01/21/2014 11:15:47 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: antceecee

Our wet winter weather here in the I.E. begins usually around February through April/May. Yes, and sometimes snow.


25 posted on 01/21/2014 11:16:38 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (Happy New Year 2014)
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To: Dogbert41
Though God causes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust alike, California is a state that has infected the entire world with pornography, homosexuality, drugs, adultery, cults, you name it. And when you do blatent feces like this:

Wow!, then I guess God is using the freeze technique to deal with all the crap coming out of the east coast Huh? blather much?

26 posted on 01/21/2014 11:35:27 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Hey, Cali,
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You ain’t gettin’ our Colorado River water.
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Love and kisses,
Arizona


27 posted on 01/21/2014 11:55:32 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The unseasonal balmy but dry weather is the result of an equally unprecedented high pressure ridge...
Hyperbole much?
28 posted on 01/21/2014 11:59:14 PM PST by Bratch
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To: antceecee
Looking forward to the late February storm that pretty much always brings snow to Oak Glen

Some of my life's most fond memories were formed in Oak Glen.

Wanting to share my childhood memories with my children, I took them to Oak Glen one year. Several months later, our beloved Golden/German Shepherd mix dog was intensely interested in one of our suitcases. We dug into it and found some beef jerky we had bought at Oak Glen.

We gave it to her.

29 posted on 01/22/2014 12:00:43 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Dogbert41; Fee; afraidfortherepublic

And I will set my face against you, and you shall be slain before your enemies: those that hate you shall reign over you; and you shall flee when no one pursues you. And if you refuse to listen to me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your sky as iron, and your earth as brass: - Leviticus 26:17-19


30 posted on 01/22/2014 12:03:26 AM PST by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This ridge has persisted for 13 months and the longer it lingers, the less likely it is to leave, points out climatologist Brian Fuchs, from the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. This high pressure ridge system is feeding on itself, “creating a sort of perfect environment for perpetuating the dry conditions” it creates, he says.


Yup. The longer it goes on without a break, the more it will feed on itself and become even more difficult to end. This drought isn’t going to end anytime soon,,,and by soon I mean years. I seriously believe in the coming years every forest/woodland in CA will be destroyed by wildfires.


31 posted on 01/22/2014 12:08:57 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
Fukushima.

and the horse you rode in on...

32 posted on 01/22/2014 12:15:54 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort ("Don't say sh*t unless you know for sure it helps." - Raylan Givens)
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To: caww
True but if you look at what are called the "Ice Ages" we, in the Northern Hemisphere are between big freezes. It most certainly will happen again.

Milankovitch cycles.

33 posted on 01/22/2014 12:16:13 AM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
“It’s always difficult to know if a specific disaster or storm is tied to climate change,” he says, but over the course of decades it is possible to see large trends moving in a certain direction. “You can’t really pinpoint one thing, but you can say that over a period of decades there is less snow accumulation and warmer temperatures, and climate change is playing a part in that,” he adds."

But I thought so-called "man-made climate change" was responsible for colder and harsher winters? Wasn't this the reasoning behind the switch from "global warming" to "climate change"?

34 posted on 01/22/2014 12:16:35 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Dogbert41

He set it all in motion eons ago. Its called the normal cycle of nature.

...and California is neither the originator of the things you mention or unique in there existence. Enough of the malarky.


35 posted on 01/22/2014 12:22:15 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: NormsRevenge

That is the jet stream.


36 posted on 01/22/2014 1:00:29 AM PST by Domangart (LBGT = NAMBLA)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Maybe it’s being caused by the big piles of hope and change we’ve left laying around.


37 posted on 01/22/2014 1:05:53 AM PST by Redcloak (Winter is coming.)
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To: Paladin2

ManBearPig’s fault.
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lol... Very late Sunday night I saw the rerun of the ManBearPig episode of Southpark, where the kids were trapped in the caverns.


38 posted on 01/22/2014 1:14:05 AM PST by octex
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Maybe God is punishing them

At least one could always hope


39 posted on 01/22/2014 1:16:17 AM PST by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Persistent “La Niña” high pressure ridge/Northerly jet stream is caused by the global cooling trend? Maybe I should apply for some federal grant $$ to study it!


40 posted on 01/22/2014 1:30:45 AM PST by Drago
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It’ll start raining soon enough. For now, I’m enjoying the beautiful weather.


41 posted on 01/22/2014 1:37:39 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Fiji Hill

Maybe the Easter Bunny will bring you a scientific report... signed and Certified by the Tooth Fairy... with the real scientific proof that the largest scam ever played out on mankind is real.


42 posted on 01/22/2014 3:02:34 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Fiji Hill

shhhhh (you’re off message)


43 posted on 01/22/2014 3:05:58 AM PST by babble-on
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To: married21

Yes and they countered the dry weather by instituting irrigation systems... bringing in water from the Mountains and creating fertile land and reservoirs of water where there once was only desert... but the leftist eco-terrorists in californicate sued and stopped this practice... so as to save the lives of imported minnows and darter snails.


44 posted on 01/22/2014 3:06:11 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Fiji Hill

“Deniers”?


45 posted on 01/22/2014 3:08:34 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator
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To: Fiji Hill

Please specify what you mean by “Deniers”.


46 posted on 01/22/2014 3:10:31 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator
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To: INVAR

Amen.


47 posted on 01/22/2014 3:10:39 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: antceecee

Love those little doughnuts up there. Yes, it was Hewell’s show that brung us.


48 posted on 01/22/2014 3:24:45 AM PST by JohnnyP
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To: Fiji Hill

Are you equating skepticism about global warming with denying the Holocaust?


49 posted on 01/22/2014 3:36:03 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The song was right, It doesnt rain in southern California.


50 posted on 01/22/2014 4:43:29 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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