California Drought Report #24

I was looking through my files and came across these two plots of precipitation that have a direct impact on our local drought.

Nevada City_smoothed Lake Spaulding_smoothedMuch of our domestic water comes from Lake Spaulding and local precipitation determines how much watering we have to do in the yard and garden. Note the over all average precipitation increases in both Lake Spaulding drainage and locally, with drought years shown as spikes in the record. The Spaulding record only goes to 2003, when the station was moved to the dam site. The data is provided by the Western Regional Climate Data Center in Reno.  The pink shaded areas note when the Pacific Decadal Oscillation was in a positive phase.

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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