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Posted by: thepinetree on 04/13/2017 09:46 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/13/2017 09:46 PM
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It's Official, Northern Sierra Precipitation Sets Water Year Record

Sacramento, CA...Never in nearly a century of Department of Water Resources (DWR) recordkeeping has so much precipitation fallen in the northern Sierra in a water year. DWR reported today that 89.7 inches of precipitation – rain and snowmelt – has been recorded by the eight weather stations it has monitored continuously since 1920 from Shasta Lake to the American River basin. Today’s total surpassed the previous record of 88.5 inches recorded in the entirety of Water Year 1983. The region’s annual average is 50 inches.

California traditionally receives 30 to 50 percent of its annual precipitation from atmospheric rivers (ARs), long and relatively narrow “rivers in the sky” laden with moisture that blow in from the Pacific. The West Coast experienced 46 ARs between October 1 and March 31, the first six months of Water Year 2017. Nearly one-third of the total were “strong” (13) or “extreme” (3) ARs.

DWR’s 5-station San Joaquin index is keeping pace with Water Year 1983’s record total of 77.4 inches in the region. Today’s total of 68.2 inches among the stations is 194 percent of the average precipitation recorded by today’s date during the water year and far exceeds the San Joaquin annual average of 40.8 inches.

The six-station index in the Tulare Basin, often called ground zero of California’s five-year drought, which officially ended in most of California on April 7, has recorded 178 percent of the amount of precipitation that normally falls by this date during an average water year. Total precipitation so far is 45 inches, about 1.5 times the average annual precipitation of 29.3 inches in the basin.

The snow water equivalent of California’s snowpack is far above average throughout the Sierra Nevada -- 176 percent of the April 13 average. DWR will conduct its final snow survey of the season on May 1 at Phillips Station in the Sierra 90 miles east of Sacramento.

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Posted on: 2017-04-13 22:07:53   By: Anonymous

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    Re: OH MY GOD!
    Posted on: 2017-04-13 22:18:29   By: Anonymous
    Good thing we got us all this rain. Now them flatlanders in LA and the valley can hose down their driveways and sidewalks guilt free.

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    Re: Problem is
    Posted on: 2017-04-14 02:22:16   By: Anonymous
    The main problem is no matter how much water we have seen on the surface or has been recorded the deep under ground aquifers have not been fully recharged. That takes years of these past type winters to accomplish.

    It is just simple science everyone. Simple science.

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      Re: Problem is
      Posted on: 2017-04-14 04:26:59   By: Anonymous
      Well the Trump administration says take your simple science, paint it gold, slap it with American pride propaganda, and shove it where the sun don't shine.

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        Re: Problem is
        Posted on: 2017-04-14 14:42:55   By: Anonymous
        You are just an upset Liberal because Trump gave it to you in the Rump with no lube. Cry more please.

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          Re: Problem is
          Posted on: 2017-04-14 22:35:36   By: Anonymous
          Trump is coming in your butt and you don't even know, idiot.

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Posted on: 2017-04-14 06:39:43   By: Anonymous
Climate scientists gave the chance of getting out of this drought at 0.5%. Wonder why some people don't just take their Kool-aid?

Not a single climate prediction has been remotely accurate, I want to protect the environment, but the climate doomsayers are not preaching the truth.

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    Posted on: 2017-04-14 06:44:39   By: Anonymous
    The last several years have been the warmest in decades.a wet year does not change the facts. our great grand kids will wonder. just what were they thinkin??

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    Posted on: 2017-04-14 06:58:38   By: Anonymous
    Are you making up your own facts? 2016 was the warmest year on record. Just because it rained at your house this year doesn't mean things weren't drastically different across the globe. Science doesn't do politics like you think.

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      Posted on: 2017-04-14 07:29:00   By: Anonymous
      Many scientists used to think the world was flat too :)

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        Posted on: 2017-04-14 08:40:25   By: Anonymous
        Not true, & the ones who did were proven wrong by scientific theory. Also there is a "flat earth" movement gaining popularity once again today believe it or not, which is of course not actually lead by real scientists.

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        Posted on: 2017-04-14 14:44:32   By: Anonymous
        There is a new Bible Flat Earth Society now. Totally wigged out people.

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          Posted on: 2017-04-14 16:22:13   By: Anonymous
          It is good for a laugh though.

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    Posted on: 2017-04-14 08:02:56   By: Anonymous
    Please tell us which wing-nut website says climate scientists predicted only 0.5 % chance of drought ending. Or did you find that nugget hanging out of your own bottom?

    Climate scientists have been very accurate with their predictions but they do not predict weather, just climate. Try to learn the difference and you won't embarrass yourself as much.

    We have had another warmest year on record. Glaciers still melting at record rates. Permafrost unfreezing. Ice shelf at South Pole breaking off.

    The evidence of global warming is overwhelming. You don't need to be a climate scientist but you do need to not get your news and information only from right-wing FAKE NEWS sites.

    Willful ignorance is a hard habit to break but, if you try, you might be able to manage it.

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      Posted on: 2017-04-14 11:10:01   By: Anonymous
      Weather patterns are being messed with because of Polar shift, NOT climate change.

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        Posted on: 2017-04-14 11:36:14   By: Anonymous
        I seem to be peeing more too !

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      Posted on: 2017-04-15 07:57:04   By: Anonymous
      A NOAA scientist predicted it, it was on the LA Times as well as many other outlets. You are obviously a ostrich with your head in the sand.

      The original poster said nothing about the planet not warming, just the science pointing to why being questionable.

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