Cal drought eases under avalanche of rain and avalanches (back country ones)

Since we have nothing better to do for quite a dry while here in AZ, and CMP is from southern Cal, where he kept a weather and a cloud diary1 and played baseball2, here’s the latest on the Cal drought we’ve heard so much about, below, from the Drought Monitor folks at the University of Lincoln Cornhuskies University as of January 24th.

Added to this map is a couple of rainfall totals in the drought affected regions from January 1st through the 23rd, 2017  (i.e., only partial monthly totals) from the CNRFC, a superb site, btw:

Ann 20170124_ca_noneDrought legendWell, as you can see, it takes India monsoon caliber rains3 to end drought completely in California.  Or, maybe the DM folks are just a little behind;   could be.  Avalanche hazards have been moderate to “extreme” during this period due to the tens of feet of snow that have fallen in the Sierras.   Yay for California water supplies THIS water year!

Here is a table of the top 20 rain totals through January 23rd from the CNRFC:

astounding Cal Jan totals considering CPC prediction

The End

1Perhaps you don’t believe me that I kept a weather and cloud diary growing up.  Here a report from the San Fernando Valley:

April 1 1956 hail and snow in valley

2Perhaps you don’t believe me that I played baseball… Here’s one of my favorite pieces of evidence for having played baseball.  Sure, I cost us the game, but then,  I was mentioned in the article!

Pierce Cerritos game 2 1960

3Rainfall totals can be over 100 inches a month at the monsoon’s peak in India. The record is 366 inches in ONE MONTH at Cherrapunji in the NE corner of India in the Assam region.  Of course, CMP must go there; its on the “bucket list.”

By Art Rangno

Retiree from a group specializing in airborne measurements of clouds and aerosols at the University of Washington (Cloud and Aerosol Research Group). The projects in which I participated were in many countries; from the Arctic to Brazil, from the Marshall Islands to South Africa.