NOAA: ‘Incredible’ amounts of snow in California’s snowpack — Flood?


It was a similar snowpack in the winter of 1861 – 1862 that as melted by an atmospheric river of warm rain that pelted the state for a month melting the snow, which flooded the valley, with the flood water rising to the second floor of the homes and building in Sacramento.

One description of the impact of the flood;

The event was climaxed by a warmer, more intense storm with much more rain that was much more serious, due to the earlier large accumulation of snow, now melted by the large turbulent heat fluxes into the snow over the lower elevations of the mountains. Throughout the affected area, all the streams and rivers rose to great heights, flooded the valleys, inundated or swept away towns, mills, dams, flumes, houses, fences, and domestic animals, and ruined fields. An early estimate of property damage was $10,000,000. However, later it was estimated that approximately one-quarter of the taxable real estate in the state of California was destroyed in the flood. Dependent on property taxes, the State of California went bankrupt. The governor, state legislature, and state employees were not paid for a year and a half. 200,000 cattle drowned, and the state’s economy shifted from ranching to farming.

Bottom line, with a super snowpack in place and the potential for warm spring rains, we could have another mega flood. Watch the weather reports for atmospheric rivers of warm rain.

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The Sky’s Not Falling

By Congressman Tom McClintock

Abraham Lincoln told the story of boarding with the family of a Presbyterian minister on the night of the greatest meteor shower ever recorded in North America.  He was awakened by the minister who shouted, “Arise, Abraham, for the heavens are falling and the day of judgment has arrived.”  But Lincoln noticed that despite the hysteria around him and the chaos above him, he could still see the familiar constellations fixed in the sky, and he knew the world was not about to end.

No one denies that our planet is warming, carbon dioxide levels are increasing, and ocean levels are rising.  But before we run screaming into the night, let’s also do a quick reality check.  The sky isn’t falling. 

Global warming (and cooling) is nothing new: our planet has been warming on and off since the last ice age. There have been periods throughout both recorded history and pre-history when scientists tell us temperatures were much hotter (and colder) than they are today.   Science tells us that carbon dioxide levels have varied widely throughout the planet’s history, and have often been many times higher than today.  Science tells us that at the end of the last ice age, ocean levels were 400 feet lower than they are today and the modern rise has been steady, small, and doesn’t correlate to carbon dioxide levels.  In the Caribbean, where continuous hurricane records date back to 1690, hurricane frequency dropped 20 percent in the last century. 

And despite what we are told, there is a vigorous debate within the scientific community over how much human activity influences climate compared with vastly more powerful natural forces that have driven climate change for 4 ½ billion years.  As Chicken Little belatedly discovered, there is a big difference between an acorn and the sky.

The full letter with links to sources HERE. The Sky’s not Falling

I agree the sky is not falling, humans cannot control the climate by twisting the CO2 control knob, it is a natural cycle, which will turn to the cool side in due time.

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California Drought History

During the last drought, I made about 85 posts on the issue, pointing out the drought history of the region was chaotic, with dry periods and wet periods, with some very long dry periods. In those posts, I supported the need for more dams to catch and store the feeble about of moisture collected during the dry periods, including the Centennial Dam Project.

This drought timeline tells the story of drought in the region;


California is relatively drought-free right now, but if history is an indicator of the future we will have more drought.


H/T to Watts Up With That for links to the Graphics.  

If you are interested in learning more about drought and flooding in the region, I recommend The West Without Water and books by Anthropologist David L. Stuart on the struggle of the Pueblo Peoples to survive in the South West. Our relatively wet period could be coming to an end and California is not prepared. Thousands of thirsty people and potential toilet flushers are streaming across our borders and we are not expanding our water management infrastructure to deal with the expanding population of illegal immigrants.

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Dimmer Sun, Colder Weather?

Coldest February on record in many communities, the first time in 130 years Los Angles never broke the 70 degrees mark in February. Phoenix shatters a 122-year-cold record. Monthly snowfall records being broken across the country.

The sun has just passed an entire calendar month with no sunspots. The last time this happened, in August 2008, the sun was in the nadir of a century-class Solar Minimum. The current stretch of blank suns shows that Solar Minimum has returned, and it could be as deep as the last one.

The last time a full calendar month passed without a sunspot was August 2008. At the time, the sun was in the deepest Solar Minimum of the Space Age. Now a new Solar Minimum is in progress and it is shaping up to be similarly deep. So far this year, the sun has been blank 73% of the time–the same as 2008.

Solar Minimum is a normal part of the solar cycle. Every ~11 years, sunspot counts drop toward zero. Dark cores that produce solar flares and CMEs vanish from the solar disk, leaving the sun blank for long stretches of time. These minima have been coming and going with regularity since the sunspot cycle was discovered in 1859.

Anthony Watts does some analysis HERE and comes to this conclusion:

It seems the sun has dimmed more than the usual amount at the end of solar cycle 24, and it could be a factor in the severe winter we are experiencing in many parts of the northern hemisphere. 


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Bears in Hot Tubs and Purple Cows

A Local left-leaning blogger has purple cows run down his leg because the local paper, The Union, put an ad for a book that challenges anthropogenic global warming on the front page. On the FRONT Page! OMG what next? The TRUTH about Climate Change? It is a natural cycle.

Ad in Fron Page of Union 02=09-2019
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Why The Green New Deal Is A Bad Deal For America

Dr. Martin Capages

The Green New Deal utilizes a propaganda technique called Appeal to Fear. It advances the notion that the U. S. must initiate a massive and urgent State-run program that would control the climate by reducing the use of carbon-based fuels. It would simultaneously improve the lot of the poor and middle class. In truth, this proposed program would be a complete waste of human and natural resources. The entire concept is based on the false premises that carbon dioxide (CO2) is a pollutant, CO2 emissions are bad, that the increasing rate of CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels is causing the global temperature to rise which will lead to adverse climate change, and that reducing fossil fuel use is an immediate necessity to protect the natural environment from most human actions. None of the premises are true but an entire political party has been co-opted by the ‘old’ glamour of young, naïve want-to-be Marxists who have seized on this invalid concept, The New Green Deal, to disguise a push for complete State control in all matters. The Party establishment has caved and now Democratic Socialism is a primary plank in the Party’s progressive political platform.

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