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April 5, 2015

What Megadrought? – NOAA – 2014 California Precipitation Was Only 11% Below Normal

Filed under: NOAA,USA — sunshinehours1 @ 8:52 AM
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According to the NOAA, 2014 precipitation in California was  -2.46″ below the 1901-2000 average. 

That is Only 11%. What Megadrought?  (The real problem is a doubling of population and no big dams built since 1982).

 

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8 Comments »

  1. The CA mega drought is very real. No snow. No snow pack; no runoff water in summer.

    Comment by jim z — April 5, 2015 @ 10:12 AM | Reply

    • 76-77 was dry too in terms of snowpack. It recovered.

      http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/snowsurvey_sno/PLOT_SWC

      If only someone had built more dams when the population doubled.

      Comment by sunshinehours1 — April 5, 2015 @ 10:20 AM | Reply

      • No recovery of the snow pack this year.

        More dams where? Where is the un-captured outflow? Sacramento or Klamath?

        The solution is reduced metropolitan water use and recycling. The real problem is a doubling of the population and the same quantity of water…

        Comment by jim z — April 5, 2015 @ 3:55 PM

  2. Not just population, but also more water intensive Farming.
    Add to that poor water management/development, throw in lowere precip and you have a drought

    Comment by A C Osborn — April 5, 2015 @ 10:58 AM | Reply

  3. How much water can a desalination plant produce per day, does anyone know?

    Comment by gmeyers25 — April 6, 2015 @ 6:34 AM | Reply

  4. I just did a google search and here is what I found:

    http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_25859513/nations-largest-ocean-desalination-plant-goes-up-near

    After a few days that would make a pretty big pond!

    Comment by gmeyers25 — April 6, 2015 @ 6:40 AM | Reply

    • If we build enough desalination plants, thus adding another diversion into the water cycle, we could also help to lower sea levels. No, really!
      wink, wink

      Comment by gmeyers25 — April 6, 2015 @ 6:44 AM | Reply

  5. Nuclear-powered desalination plants!

    But then, that would solve the problem….

    Comment by geran — April 6, 2015 @ 6:50 AM | Reply


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