Skip to comments.Rain Finally Back in the Forecast for California
Posted on 02/22/2014 10:38:15 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee
The second half of the upcoming week will feature soaking rain and mountain snow returning to drought-stricken California.
Confidence is growing for California to receive a substantial amount of rain and mountain snow from two storm systems later next week.
The first system is scheduled to move through California Wednesday through Thursday with the second to follow for Friday through the first part of the next weekend.
The second is likely to be the stronger and wetter of the two systems, bringing a much-needed soaking to many communities (with the deserts being the exception).
If the first storm bypasses or only grazes Southern California, the second will not. It is possible that Downtown Los Angeles receives at least half of the rain that fell in all of 2013 (3.60 inches) from this one storm Friday through next week.
Several inches of rain could soak the northern California coast, while feet of snow may blanket the Sierra. Snow levels could drop low enough to whiten the mountains of Southern California. . .
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Pray that this is correct.
Enviro-nuts would be praying against you, if they believed in God.
Hope it goes on to give Arizona a good pounding. We really need it.
trees are blossoming and bees are emerging.
For how many almond growers is this not a problem because their trees have already died of drought?
I pray to the Lord Jesus that a light rain begin and stay raining and so end the drought
Everything from Modesto northward is intact.
That's an enormous tract of farmland, bigger than most states.
And can grow anything in abundance.
Most folks to the east do not realize the scale of agriculture in the Central Valley. 400 miles long, 150 miles wide. All either under cultivation or grazing. Nearly 1/2 of that is under severe distress due to restricted irrigation. They are pumping the groundwater now and killing majestic Valley Oaks as a result. Enormous trees up to 150ft tall and canopies 150ft across. The tap root goes down nearly 100ft to tap the groundwater and without it, they die.
It's a sad, sad situation south of Modesto/Merced.
Of note: The Valley Oak is the largest deciduous tree in North America.
In 1792, the English explorer George Vancouver noted on his expedition through the Santa Clara Valley, after seeing an expanse of Valley oaks: "For about twenty miles it could only be compared to a park which had originally been closely planted with the true old English oak; the underwood, that had probably attended its early growth, had the appearance of having been cleared away and left the stately lords of the forest in complete possession of the soil which was covered with luxuriant foliage."
In the year 1861, William Henry Brewer, the chief botanist for the first California Geological Survey wrote of the Valley oaks that he saw in Monterey County: "First I passed through a wild canyon, then over hills covered with oats, with here and there trees--oaks and pines. Some of these oaks were noble ones indeed. How I wish one stood in our yard at home....I measured one [Valley Oak] with wide spreading and cragged branches, that was 26.5 feet in circumference. Another had a diameter of over six feet, and the branches spread over 75 feet each way. I lay beneath its shade a little while before going on."
The Hooker Oak of Chico, California, was once the largest known Valley Oak. When it fell on May 1, 1977, it was nearly a hundred feet tall (30 m) and 29 feet (8.8 m) in circumference eight feet (2.4 m) from the ground.
The Tragedy Oak in Hanford, California, was at the same place where the historic Mussel Slough Tragedy gun fight happened in 1880. Six victims of the shooting were carried to the porch of the Brewer house, which was shaded by a tall oak tree. The tree became famously known as the Tragedy Oak. Sadly the tree fell down in a storm in 1995. A part of its trunk was donated by the Warmerdam family, that then owned the land that it grew on, to a nearby school called Pioneer Elementary School.
Wow. All the O has to do is show up and he heals the weather.
Very interesting. We have a lot of valley oaks where I live and I’m concerned by how drought-stressed they look.
About darn time.
About 1/2 flow.
Think 10,000 gallons.
Worth every drop.