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originally posted by: boymonkey74
a reply to: PurpleDog UK
Maybe the ocean floor has heated up a bit?.
Great find dude.
Monday, February 18, 1991 - Page updated at 12:00 AM
What's Causing California's Drought?
As California faces what may be the most economically devastating drought in its history, water deliveries to some farming areas have been suspended and water rationing imposed in selected areas.
...efforts to combat it are pathetically puny, mostly attempts to wring a bit more snow out of clouds as they cross the mountains.
At least 15 agencies are seeding clouds, when the right kinds come by, trying to add a little snow above the reservoirs that collect the spring runoff and send water through giant aqueducts to Southern California.
"Most of the effort is in the high Sierra with the goal of augmenting snowfall by seeding storms that naturally would be rather inefficient,'' said Maurice Roos of the state's department of water resources. "They may be increasing snowfall by several percent.''
The state's snowpack on Feb. 1 was 20 percent of normal. "Pretty grim,'' Roos said.
The immediate cause of the California drought is persistent areas of high pressure over the West Coast or offshore in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
originally posted by: PurpleDog UK
I think it is becoming clear that California is completely unsustainable when it comes to water resources and the current expectations of its inhabitants.....
We are all in some way going to have to accept change and become more flexible with our environment.....
Although University of Arizona studies have found 20-year dry spells, they were invariably interrupted by occasional wet years. The longest string of consecutive dry years was six, from 1843 through 1848, Meko said.
In the absence of scientific explanations, the reassurance from the tree-ring record that in four centuries no drought has continued more than six years may be the only hopeful note there is.
Record Low Snowpack in Cascades, Sierra Nevada
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 – Warm temperatures in February contributed to further snowpack decline in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada, according to data from the third 2015 forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Snowpack in Nevada, Utah and Idaho also fell further behind normal.
"Nearly a third of our SNOTEL sites in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada are reporting the lowest snowpack ever measured,"
In Western states where snowmelt accounts for the majority of seasonal water supply, information about snowpack serves as an indicator of future water availability.
Guest Post by Bob Tisdale
This post provides an update of the unusual warming event in the sea surfaces of the eastern extratropical North Pacific…what is now regularly called “The Blob”. It does not appear to be ready to depart anytime soon. See the sea surface temperature anomaly map in Figure 1 for the location of The Blob
originally posted by: Flavian
originally posted by: PLAYERONE01
Wouldnt happen to be anywhere near this peculiar underwater feature would it?
No idea where that is (no indicators in your pic i can make out) but that looks like an oceanic volcano (or the remnants of one).