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ENVR Itís June. California Is Still Covered in Snow
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Riding my Harley

    Itís June. California Is Still Covered in Snow

    The summer solstice is just around the corner, but someone forgot to tell Californiaís snowpack.
    After years of wallowing in drought, this winter walloped Californiaís Sierra Nevada mountains in a major, record-setting way. And while the calendar says summer, winter still has its grips on the granite spine of the Sierras.

    NASA Earth Observatory released satellite imagery on Thursday that shows what a difference a year makes. Snowpack is at 170 percent of normal when averaged across the state and some areas are reporting way higher totals than that, according to the California Department of Water Resources. Alpine Meadows, located just west of Lake Tahoe, reported 288 inches of snow on the ground (no, thatís not a typo) as of early June. Deep green hues of healthy vegetation also extend down the Sierra Nevada western slope, another benefit of all that precipitation.
    A storm earlier this week even dropped a few inches of fresh powder to freshen up the slopes for ski resorts that have stayed open to accommodate skiers and boarders who have been starved for snow for five years. California, youíll may recall, was in an epic drought until this winter helped bust it in a big way.
    Beyond making skiers happy, the massive amounts of snow at high elevations and rain at low elevations helped fill reservoirs that were dangerously low. In the case of the Oroville Reservoir, all the rain ended up being too much of a good thing and caused a cascade of events that nearly caused the dam holding waters back to collapse.
    Only 8 percent of the state remains in comparatively mild drought. At this time last year, 84 percent of the state was in drought, including 21 percent in the worst type of drought tracked by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
    But though drought seems like a distant memory looking at the snowy Sierras, Californians shouldnít forget it. Precipitation (or lack thereof) is a key ingredient for drought, and while climate change isnít likely to cause a shift in precipitation for the Golden State, it is likely to have an impact on another key drought ingredient: hot temperatures.
    Scientists have already shown that hot years are overlapping with dry years more often and that within a few decades, any dry year will also certainly be a hot one in California. Put a few of those hot, dry years together and youíve got yourself a recipe for another extreme California drought. That means the Golden State should enjoy the good times like 2017, but be ready for a future where drought conditions happen more often unless carbon pollution is cut.
    Patriot Guard rider

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Uhmm, Southern California and South West US is in a heat wave.
    Temps of 120+ expected in some places.
    "I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself." -DH Lawrence

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2001
    There are warnings for possible hypothermia impacts from icy waterways just when people want to cool off from the heat. It is about 105 in the northern central valley.
    "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." George Orwell

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Happy on the mountain
    A friend who is on a long distance dirt bike ride (the TAT) reports mountain passes in NV/NorCal/OR/WA blocked by snow...
    The wonder of our time isnít how angry we are at politics and politicians; itís how little weíve done about it. - Fran Porretto

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Cow Hampshire
    Climate Change is causing it - and its Trumps fault.

    The Russians sold him the information on how to do it.

    Only Trump could afford to pay it - because he's rich, raycist, and a dictator.

    Have I covered everything?

    I hinnire propter hoc ecce ego


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