March 18, 2016
Despite high precipitation bringing California back to normal water levels, that NOAA Count agency is still claiming a massive drought.
From Cliff Mass:
And streamflows over most of the state are at or above normal (way above normal in the northern half). Snowpack in the Sierra is well above normal.
Yet the torrents from the sky are not over. Not even close. The worst (or best) is yet to come! Here is the forecast cumulative precipitation for the next 7.5 days. Wow. The West Coast gets hammered, particularly California, with up to 10-15 inches in the Sierras and mountains of northern CA.
And the extended model forecasts beyond that show even more!
So with massive precipitation, restoration of soil moisture in the northern 2/3rds of the state, above normal streamflow, and above normal snow water content in the mountains, what is the NOAA Drought Monitor showing over California?
Exceptional drought....the absolute worst...over half of the State, with the rest in extreme and severe drought. Can you imagine if California wasn't floating away with heavy rain? What would drought monitor show then? One shudders just thinking about it.
Is this just normal beauracratic inertia or are they slow because they need to figure a way to spin this to advance global warming propaganda? You be the judge.
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