California hits precipitation record as spring warming commences

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Record wet in Northern California; huge snowpack threatens floods

Record wet conditions occurred across wide swath of interior West this winter, including parts of NorCal. (WRCC)

It’s official: the Northern Sierra “8-Station Index”–comprised of 8 precipitation observation sites in the northern half of the Sierra Nevada watershed–has eclipsed 1982-1983 to become the wettest Water Year (Oct-Sep) period on record! Even more remarkable is that this record has been set so early in the calendar year–even though May-September is the dry season in California, some additional precipitation in this region is all but inevitable in the coming months, which will push this record total even higher. Statewide precipitation metrics are not far behind. Precipitation in 2016-2017 is closely paralleling 1982-1983, and stands a good chance at breaking the long-standing record later this year.

All of this beneficial, drought-busting water, though, hasn’t been evenly distributed throughout the state. While Southern California has been wetter than average this winter, precipitation accumulations have not been nearly as anomalous as in the northern portion of the state (the Los Angeles basin, for example, is hovering just slightly above average for the Water Year to date).

The state of California is closely tracking its wettest Water Year on record–with more precipitation in the forecast. (CNAP)

The record wet conditions, however, have not been confined to California–a band of record or near record wetness extends from the northern coast of the San Francisco Bay Area inland across the Northern Sierra and then further across the interior West (as far east as western Wyoming and Montana!). This band of exceptional seasonal precipitation is the product of a persistently active and somewhat southerly storm track this winter, which brought frequent atmospheric rivers to the coast.
California snowpack is also extremely impressive this spring, though (as has been previously noted) it has for the most part lagged total precipitation due to the relative warmth that has co-occurred with this record wet Water Year. The tremendous amount of accumulated water in the high Sierra snowpack is just what the doctor ordered with respect to drought relief, but may pose some problems in the coming weeks if it melts too quickly. Growing concerns over major snowmelt flooding have already triggered pre-emptive disaster declarations, especially east of the crest along the Highway 395 corridor and in far western Nevada. It remains to be seen just how much flooding may result from melting of this snowpack–and it will largely depend on just how warm temperatures get over the next few weeks.

Precipitation, snowfall, and reservoir storage in California all well above average–but snowpack greatly lags overall precipitation. (CNAP)

 

Yet more precipitation next 3-4 days, but then major drying/warming trend

Additional precipitation is expected across northern and central California this week. (tropicaltidbits.com)

A couple more modest spring systems are expected to bring additional precipitation to Northern and Central California over the next few days. The southern third of California will likely stay mostly dry, with some showers possible as far south as Los Angeles County. A few more thunderstorms could rumble across the Central Valley, and some additional accumulating snowfall is likely at the highest elevations of the Sierra Nevada. But by next weekend, there is multi-model ensemble agreement that conditions will dry out and warm up pretty rapidly as a strong ridge builds directly overhead. Temperatures could rise to 10-15+ degrees above mid-April averages by next week, which will likely accelerate snowmelt. It’s still to early to say whether there may be a subsequent pulse of snowmelt flooding downstream, but the upcoming warming trend certainly bears watching from that perspective.

Model ensembles have been strongly suggesting a spring heat wave is likely in the 5-10 day period. (tropicaltidbits.com)

 

 

El Niño may be back in the picture this year (yes, already)

The multi-model ensemble mean strongly suggests the development of El Nino conditions in the tropical Pacific by autumn. (CPC)

There are increasingly strong signs that El Niño may be making a comeback in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. With all the usual caveats (namely, that we’re still on the wrong side of the Spring Predictability Barrier), there is excellent multi-model agreement that a significant event may begin to unfold in the coming months. That would be pretty eyebrow-raising, since it has only been a year since the last big El Niño. It’s still far too early to discuss California implications, but if the current outlook holds then I would expect warm SSTs to begin having an influence as early as this coming summer. I’ll continue to follow developments in the tropical Pacific in coming blog posts. Stay tuned!

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  • alanstorm

    U.S. Hiway 101 is still closed at Leggett, Northern Mendocino Co on the South Fork Eel R.
    Looks like it will remain closed till the end of next week, as yet another silly April storm is due Monday.
    Have fun going 299 to Redding & Hwy 5 to get in or out of Humboldt!
    CHP put the kabash on people trying to use Bell Springs Rd on the ridge above it.
    Can’t imagine how bad that messy 1 lane dirt/ mud affair is, esp this year, then having a bunch of Prius’ & Mercedes following their deceptive GPS thru that SKETCHY area. Apparently, there were several “incidents” up there, so now it’s restricted.
    “Honey, let’s turn around. This road doesn’t look like a road!”
    Bell Springs is a majorly notorious pot growing area.

    http://m.northcoastjournal.com/NewsBlog/archives/2017/04/21/101-closed-until-at-least-next-week-rain-forecast-to-return

  • Thunderstorm

    What caused the spillway to fail. Tree roots. Yep you read that correctly. Tree roots grew into the under slab drain pipes. Tree roots put out a incredible 140 PSI upward pressure. Tree roots can easily buckle 12 inch deep concrete. This combined with the lifting venturi effect caused the damage. This is why they bolted the spillway down.

    • Yes I think that was what broke the spillway. One has to question why the amount of water under the entire spillway was so high as seen by the spillway drains, too. Photos of the spillway in other years so little if any of drains needing to drain.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c73f4f04c1a6a0cc04ad66dc6e834d26a7ed1854571d54eaa19b9332f778ff33.jpg

    • Howard Goodman
    • inclinejj

      I like this theory. Tree roots head towards water. They destroy driveways, sidewalks and city streets.

      At one time the Army Core Of Engineers thought trees on levees would strengthen the overall levee. Now they found the roots head towards water and weaken the levees.

      • Dan the Weatherman

        Ficus tree roots can be particularly destructive because their roots tend to grow near the surface. They can really heave concrete here in Socal. I don’t know whether Norcal has that many ficus trees due to the cooler climate, but the areas that would most likely have them would be the low-elevation mildest coastal regions such as San Francisco.

  • matthew

    Record winter. Check.
    Warming weather. Check.
    Mosquitoes….wait…who the f@%k ordered the mosquitoes???

    • Nathan

      The fungus gnats are taking over socal …

  • molbiol
  • Cap’n

    Holy crap I’m finally thawing out over here in little Siberia. Actually put a couple of our camping chairs on the front porch and have been basking in the sun. I’ll enjoy it while it lasts as next week looks chilly with rain.

    From Reno AFD:
    A Flood Advisory has been issued for the Truckee River from Lake
    Tahoe to Squaw Creek. This was necessary since the regulated flow
    rate was increased to 1600 cfs to account for expected snowmelt
    from this past season`s near-record snowpack. Impacts from these
    rates have typically included minor flooding over the bike path
    next to Highway 89 and other low-lying areas. However, this is
    the highest flow on this section of the Truckee River since 2006.
    If any changes to, or around, the channel have occurred since
    2006, there may be unanticipated impacts. This will also result in
    very powerful, fast, and cold water that will be hazardous to any
    that venture into or near the river.

  • happ [Los Angeles]

    First 90F this month; March had only day in the 90’s. Overall April is slightly above normal

    • Fairweathercactus

      First 90+ degree day since November here. 92 on the day.

  • T’storm98 (Orcutt, CA)

    Went up to 85F, Hottest day of the year so far.

  • inclinejj

    Had to go down to Menlo Park today. Think Stanford University and Palo Alto Area. Going down 280 everything was green. The grazing cows were everywhere. Crystal Springs and Lower Crystal Springs were full. Truck thermometer was at 80 degrees.

    • Harpo (Chico)

      The house was up over 75° inside today without the furnace on — all i
      had to do was open the windows. A nice blast of early summer here and I’m ready for it!

    • matthew

      Spent many years working in the Stanford research park and taking lunchtime runs up around the dishes. Beautiful this time of year.

      • inclinejj

        It blows me how much land Leland Stanford owned.

        • Pfirman

          Yeah, and don’t forget Vina.

    • Uncle Jesse

      Yep, felt like June today. I live in Crestmoor and work in Menlo. Was 80f at work this afternoon and 65f when I got home.

      • inclinejj

        How long have you lived in Crestmoor?

    • Nate

      Flew right over Stanford about a week and a half ago–had an awesome view of SLAC and the campus. Lots of green!
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ae8d3a0e17a918cf592f6b19938a60a49317cb5dbbfd296bcd5c6d2644006c8a.jpg

  • Jason

    We in the Bay Area should enjoy the great weather we’ve had so far this year. Apart from today’s warm up as well as the brief warm spell just after the turn of the month, we’ve managed to avoid serious heat so far and of course are in much better shape water-wise.

    Not so in New England. Just ran the Boston Marathon on Monday and it was a scorcher. The average high is 56 and it soared to 74. Over 2,000 runners needed medical assistance mostly due to heat exhaustion, including some who had to be plunged into ice baths to avoid death as their body temperatures rose as high as 108 degrees.

    This isn’t cherry picking. The temperature has hit 70 for a quarter of April to date. Had the marathon been held a day earlier, the carnage would have been even worse: the high was 86.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/20456cd3a14bbfa8db7ba5936a96bf0b852d57083638fe4e314b2614cbc2a8e4.jpg

    • lodule16

      Just two years ago Boston had an annual snow record. And it was 86 the Sunday before Patriots’ Day? Extreme weather…

    • Hardcort

      The chart doesn’t show but 07′ was run in a nor’easter. The winds and rain calmed down right before the race and struck back up late in the day. Had the the race been the following day, there might have been trouble on the course.

    • Henry

      I understand this is warmer than usual for Boston in April, but objectively 74 is not exactly extreme heat. When runners suffer heat exhaustion in 74 degree weather it might be the result of not being in good enough shape or not drinking enough water.

      • Jason

        74 degree heat may not be “extreme”, but it’s almost 20 degrees above normal. 86 degrees on Sunday was 30 degrees above normal, probably 3 standard deviations. And it was in the mid 80s the previous weekend.

        Try running in 74 degree heat for 26 miles and you might have a different understanding of what heat does to the body. The Boston Marathon is highly selective (7:00 miles required for males 34 or younger, 8:00 miles for females). Trust me, these runners are in good shape and they were drinking water at every aid station (every mile, or more frequently than every 10 minutes).

  • redlands

    96 in Redlands, Ca — Southern Ca today 4/21/2017

  • jstrahl

    Tilden Park Seaview/Vollmer Peak area glowing with all the flowers. Seemed like lots of people had the same idea, the place was as busy as it would be on a weekend, must be lots of people who’d been waiting for a long time to hike.

  • Bombillo1

    The weather forecast for the next 4 days has been like watching a drunk walk home on a Saturday night. Going to rain an inch on Wed, no .33 inches, a little rain on Tues, no rain at all then, after planning a cement pour today, its freaking raining. The SPB is abrogating even a 24 hour forecast!

    • RunningSprings6250

      Change of the season begins for you guys – here they can’t decide if it’s going to be sunny and 67 or sunny and 71 ?

  • Bombillo1

    Has there been an anthrax scare here that I should know about?

    • MetaGhost (Berkeley)

      mountain bikes, golf clubs, tennis rackets, hiking boots – they’ve all been pulled out of storage.

      • RunningSprings6250

        We’ve pulled the rope out of storage down here – early summer…you win….

  • gedawei
    • DelMarSD

      Beautiful.

    • Nathan

      Gorge

    • happ [Los Angeles]

      Central Cal is golden in a way like we haven’t seen in a while

  • David

    Wow. Totally unexpected rain falling right now here in Paradise! 6.5″ for the month and over 82″ since Oct.1. It just never ends. Wish we could send this down south….

    • Howard Goodman

      Woow and I still have sun up here , must be a stray cloud

      • David

        We’ve had a hell of a lot of stray clouds the past 7 months 🙂

  • inclinejj
    • matthew

      Playing cat-and-mouse with the Russian bombers…

  • Spotted in the corner of the frame, cropped to 13% of the image to discover this adorable little waterfall. Anyone spotted any sweet waterfalls lately? I haven’t had the time to go on a hike for one.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/67bf6a4c10799aa743cca8f55caf5ec890a5e14b63387f768a144312cc081ba2.jpg

    • happ [Los Angeles]

      Beautiful shot! Looks like some drought casualties at well

      • Nathan

        I’m not so sure. Digger pines can have a remarkably small amount of needles and do fine… If you click on the image it looks like they all still have needles to some degree.

    • 82/83 El Nino Baby (San Jose)

      Can you post the uncropped version as well?

  • Mike Stephenson (Riverside)

    Ok here’s how SoCal can still win: in May we get 2 cutoff lows with plenty of thunderstorms, one of them remains stationary for 2 days streaming showers and t-storms ashore. In early June we get an odd little low from the SW that gives another round of t-storms and a cool cloud cover. Then in July we get a nice easterly wave which give some scattered t-storms. (Ian gets the win for this one). August and September both each get a tropical event. One similar to Dolores and one dying circulation that gives a nice moisture stream with showers but no t-storms, and a nice finish to the monsoon. Am I missing anything? ?

    • DelMarSD

      Yeah, I’d love that as well. I have a feeling, though, that May in So Cal will be warmer and drier than usual, unlike the last 2 years. Last May we had a great, slow moving cutoff low that brought about .9 inches of rain , and that was a fantastic way to end the season.

      • happ [Los Angeles]

        Everything continues to trend warm; maybe the trough will break the pattern

    • molbiol

      As long as the offshore high cell maintains a positive tilt, there is absolutely zero chance of a cutoff low impacting Socal.

      • DelMarSD

        That, unfortunately, seems to be the case.

    • happ [Los Angeles]

      Great scenario. I would be very happy w/ a summer like 2015. I had over 3 inches by October and anticipated a winter like we just had! Just a year late.

      • Dan the Weatherman

        I would be happy with a summer like 2015, as long as it isn’t followed by another dry winter. It seems that lately when we have gotten significant rain or thunderstorm activity in the coastal regions during summer, we have had dry to bone-dry winters follow, with 2006-07 and 2015-16 being the best examples that stand out to me.

    • RunningSprings6250

      Missing something?

      Reality…

      Lol

  • 82/83 El Nino Baby (San Jose)

    I hope not. I’m not ready for summer. Loving our temperate spring.

    https://twitter.com/RobMayeda/status/855914390700179456

    • annette johnson

      I’m right there with you, however I know we are not going to dodge that bullet here on the Colorado River. That brownish-gray is not a pretty color at all?

      • happ [Los Angeles]

        Thermal reached 100F today; maybe Phoenix tomorrow

        • annette johnson

          Yes, looks like Phx might hit the mark tomorrow. We might be spared due to that low that passed to the north of us.

      • Mike Stephenson (Riverside)

        River season can’t wait lol!

        • annette johnson

          It’s already here I think…lots of boats and they are getting bigger every week ???

    • happ [Los Angeles]

      It was summer-like again down here today so let’s not get too excited for more heat just yet.

      92/ 62

    • Shane Ritter

      Mid 70s here in reno

    • DelMarSD

      Long range looks quite warm for So Cal.

    • Dan the Weatherman

      Sounds like the next spike of multiple days in the 90’s for Socal, just like I am expecting because our rainy season ended too early.

  • I was in 7th grade for the first ? Earth Day. So many apocalyptic predictions back then. Too many new ones now. Enjoy!

    • PRCountyNative

      1st grade! I guess I worried about the whales, and nuclear annihilation.

  • DelMarSD

    We’ve entered what I call “dead weed” season. In this particularly wet year, the amount of dead weeds is pretty amazing. What looked nice and “spring-y” two months ago now is an eyesore.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/efab8eb14288ee589a7910f86598e5e8acd08db79641a0e3817e2f5aac01b208.jpg

  • alanstorm

    Monday’s storm just got moved north, now I’m slated for a paltry .17″.
    Won’t be the .8″ I need to hit 100″

    • You have plenty of time. Going to be tons of poison oak this year, already seeing a lot. Oh and the ticks, it’s gonna be nuts.

      • alanstorm

        Declaring WAR on both.
        Tics already out. Really tiny ones.
        Luckily, I don’t get poison oak or I’d be scratching my way to the funny farm.
        Mosquitos are already revving up for a bloody campaign, as neighbors have a small lake & standing water is everywhere.
        Bats are my friend

        • honzik

          Chickens for tics and goats for poison oak. It’s nature’s way!

          • alanstorm

            Goats are awesome!
            Unfortunately up here, farm animals have to be protected from mt lions, fox, & bobcats. (caged or dog) I’m gone too much to have a dog, so it’s CATS only.
            Theyre fine when I’m gone, & do great here keeping the rodents at bay, which in turn keeps the rattlesnakes at Bay.

  • inclinejj
    • 2006 was a very warm Spring. Hope it stays at least “normal”

      • Dan the Weatherman

        If I remember correctly, the first half of spring of 2006 was cool with some good rains in April here in Socal, but a good part of June was warm to downright hot, which led into the extremely hot and humid July that we had that year.

        • In the Sierra it was very warm. With the Truckee river already at 2006 levels, I hope there isn’t a warm spell.
          2005-06 had very heavy snow accumulation

  • Craig Matthews
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  • Bobby M ( San Carlos/Tahoe)

    Just came back from smoking 80s to possibly lower 90s in Santa Barbara to find out on Wednesday I got .54 inches of rain! How is this possible? This storm was suppose to produce a couple hundredths. Now I’m happy to say that I have joined the historic 40 inch club and I am currently sitting at 40.36 inches. What a year for Northern California.

  • Cap’n

    Made it down to your area Al. Did a walk around Taylor Creek, as far as we could, the walk ways were undoable in spots. Also tried Cascade Falls via snowshoes but failed, my inner GPS was off today (Cascade Lake in photo), too many horse tranquilizers last night. Also noted about 5 places where the Truckee had over taken the bike path between Tahoe City and Alpine. Last shot is just now at Donner Lake. Our heat wave felt more like a fall day to me.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aa7bb9c1222710d3edd6e3591ddd00fa14a58183be6293c674c4b8347bfe3ea1.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/63b46e0f854e455137e4c89ec9861959b8ee4e8a787623219518512f017eed67.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8c6dac5519b303e5ac794ba5969930e13edb4d9741408984067bb665a906b24b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5e04620a34ff1728faa34e7a92da92defaf8676ed961e2a6c7fa92c3e6b4a902.jpg

    • AlTahoe

      Yeah today was supposed to be a perfect spring day and instead we got 50mph winds and grey skies. Heavenly shut down most of their lifts today because of wind. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e534de3b1450e7c19920c926e6028c897b05041759b7dc5a1720809d48538d03.jpg

      • Cap’n

        I couldn’t believe how many people we saw parked in the various backcountry entry points between Meeks and Tallac. Very active day back there. Saw several avalanche remnants in the usually active spots. I love doing that drive to South Lake. We opted to not hitch the big trailer and just brought a small one. Looks like I found a good pine/oak hook up in your area. Probably going to get bulk from him in the next month or two.

      • Slick

        Don’t they only have 2 lifts going?
        Just a couple more days for Heavenly, what a shame with all that snow. Cool pic.

  • Here you go nino baby, as large as I can upload – hope this works – uncropped mesa waterfall
    https://is03.ezphotoshare.com/2017/04/20/Kb2ciI.jpg

    • annette johnson

      Cool picture! Took me a little bit to find the waterfall but it was fun to zoom in to see all the different colors. What a great place!

      • Pfirman

        Yes, which makes me wonder where it is.

        • I’ll try and get some more beaut buttes up later when I have the time, will clue you in…

    • 82/83 El Nino Baby (San Jose)

      Thank you. It’s now my desktop background!

    • It looks like there’s a big tension crack 40-50 ft up from the lip of the waterfall. A thick slice of that cliff is getting ready to let loose.

  • redlands

    98 in Redlands, Ca — Southern Ca today 4/22/2017 — way too hot n dry — with the rain season ending bout 3 months ago — not good

    • Dan the Weatherman

      98 is too hot for your area this early in the season! This spike in heat is a good example of the very reason why I have been complaining about the early end of the rainy season here in Socal so much recently. Years like this tend to bring several bouts of multi-day 90+ degree weather in April and May and I have a feeling we are going to have more of this abnormally hot weather between now and the end of May if the overall pattern doesn’t change. The rainfall pattern this year has reminded me a lot of 2007-08, only that it has been wetter, but the timing of the rainy periods have been very similar, especially January – March.

      • RunningSprings6250

        I predict no more rain this season here with a brutally hot summer – one mid/late season amazing monsoonal event followed by a record heatwave and finally an early start to winter with an above average October bringing a couple 1″+ rain storms to the valleys/coast and some early snow in the mountains…

  • Arnold Weather Fanatic

    Since we are a group of science lovers, thought everyone would enjoy some of yesterday’s science protest signs.

    http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/4/22/15395472/march-for-science-earth-day-signs

    • Yolo Hoe

      Very refreshing, thanks!

    • “The crowd unleashed a deafening roar when Bill Nye — one of the country’s most famous science celebrities — took to the main stage.”

      LOL

      This one resonated with me.

      https://twitter.com/bhensonweather/status/855825734304235520

      • whisperingsage

        Bill Nye only plays a science Guy. He’s originally a comedian. Weather channel founder John Coleman doesn’t think much of him.

  • Howard Goodman

    After receiving more rain than I’ve ever seen the roads around here are mostly destroyed but that doesn’t stop people , this guy with the truck spent the nite in his truck after driving into one of many 5 foot deep ruts just around the corner from me , had no jack or anything , I offered him a couple of Hi lift jacks , check out his lifting points , it was get entertainment watching this guy cave in the side of his truck , after he got out a group of rock crawlers goes by and they spent most of the afternoon trying to get though this section https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/883a72f09e71ed97d84709f1c144f04bffb40a9c3aa3aab72492edb523acc8a9.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1e8512e93d8a8b5088226862f8feb6562847a0997156f30608ba4fe99f6e867c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2c8c0de86d91f0be70b9283e017600d33433d59829644df4cd400adf7b4126ac.jpg

    • inclinejj

      Every time you post photios I think of this song.

      Hank Williams Jr. A country Boy Can Survive.

      • matthew

        I have the Dueling Banjo’s running through my head…

        • inclinejj

          Dueling Banjo’s and Deliverence was a love story in certain parts of the country.

    • Yolo Hoe

      Nice. As we used to say during spelunking expeditions in the Ozarks back in the day: it’s one thing to get in; it’s entirely another thing to get out.

      Meanwhile, in Davis we are at 2.69″ rainfall for April and 35.26″ for the season — almost twice the average of 18.61″ for this date. Either way, a mere rounding error for Jurassic Dump.

    • That is completely out of my element! Were that trying to pull the crawler out by the roll cage?

      • Howard Goodman

        Yeah , it finally took two winches to get him out , all I can say it was cheep entertainment

    • Bombillo1

      Great photos. We got .25 inches yesterday! I’m not sure I understand this sport however. I went fly fishing, saw a bear and watched geese fight over nesting ground. Hope those guys had as much fun.

      • Howard Goodman

        I in no way condone tearing up the country side worse than it is , this is the county road just around the corner from here , all this water runs down the road right into my creek along with tons of silt , sent these’s photo’s to the county and the county supervisor hoping they will do a seasonal closure , I really hate closing roads but when you see the destruction these guy’s do you can see why it’s necessary and this is coming from a life long off roader at 67 I still have 3 Dirtbikes a buggy Quad 3 4 X 4’s but I don’t tear up the country side for fun , I to live in the forest because I love to explore fish ( don’t hunt ,like to look at the animals couldn’t shoot one)

        • David

          I hate to see some roads closed too. It only takes a few of these idiots to ruin it for the rest of us…

        • Cap’n

          Those are a lot of toys. How bout’ a WW off roading party for the Northern brethren?

          • David

            I would be up for that.

          • Howard Goodman

            It will be awhile before the roads are passable but I know the logging company (SPI) will start fixing them as soon as they dry out , they have a lot of logging planned for this year

          • Bombillo1

            All the logging Cos are planning for this summer around here as well. The hell of it is they are all clear cutting, excuse me, “even growth management”.

          • Howard Goodman

            That mostly what they do especially SPI

      • whisperingsage

        I live out via dirt roads and every rain some idiots come down to make donuts in the road and destroy it. I don’t get it. I know it makes it hard for me to get in and out.

  • Howard Goodman

    It rained so much here after the first big round of storms the local news put up rain totals from around Northern Calif. and this was just the start of it https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/18bdfd0f1bcd2bd1d8b177726fefb32a2cda347d129b833959f726ffed86cf80.jpg

  • Howard Goodman
    • Great pictures! The 1st and 3rd ones are particularly interesting because they record a period of time when the soil surface was at the level of the top of the ‘stalks’ and just below the mushroom ‘caps.’ Granite weathers quickly when its buried in the soil and kept moist but much more slowly when exposed. Especially for the 3rd pic, it’s easy to imagine the top part of the formation on the soil surface, looking like a big flat rock just sitting on the ground, while, underneath, the rest of the rock was being weathered away.

      • Yolo Hoe

        Great photos Howard, and much appreciate the geological explanation Geomorph!! Reminds me a bit of some ‘pedestal’ weathering I’ve seen with limestone, but have never seen this ‘mushroom/muffin’ effect that the granite yields.

        Howard: what a cool place you live; I’m definitely coming by this year.

    • Dan the Weatherman

      Mushroom Rock looks as if it was really carved by someone because it has almost a perfect shape!

    • Shane Ritter

      I bet it gets scaled down. My guess is 3-5 days of solid warmth, then more troughniess. Maybe we will be stuck in this pattern till next year? After all, the RRR pattern lasted 2 years. This pattern started last spring, and SST haven’t changed much since fall. Last summer wasn’t to hot here in Reno, but God the wind was awful all summer. Seemed like every time I tried to go fly fishing a trough was passing by and caused to much wind.

    • Dan the Weatherman

      That means Socal’s next multi-day 90+ degree spike will likely be a week from now, typical spring pattern in a year in which the rainy season ended at the beginning of March with very little in the way of rainfall afterward. Just like 1997, 2004, and 2008.

  • Howard Goodman

    We are going to have one beautiful spring day then chance of rain everyday till Thursday , but my Meadow is looking awesome already mowed it on Wednesday https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9d38547940cdb6c4e6869d7984c523fcb9e1339f14a98142f5a6febc547b249f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8096712719518db29927edf48804da908b9e8454f535b6b2ce13462e4d48ccad.jpg

  • Yo, Daniel! The ad selection is really good, now. :))

  • Bartshe

    Straying further and further from the center. Red dots represent CA winters/data since 1980 (October-March): https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c401f0faf78ad6f15b67732f78ffda39ee5f83aecfd5b5d4f11f8a82b9208f0f.jpg

  • alanstorm

    Anyone from Sacramento area have any lightning pics from that storm that rolled past Auburn Thursday the 13th?
    One particular bolt struck a big redwood in a Granite Bay neighborhood.
    The people contacted me to carve it

    • inclinejj

      Have you tried googling Auburn storm on the 13th. Maybe one of the news media outlets posted photos on their web pages.

      • alanstorm

        Didn’t find anything on Google.
        They said KRCA Chan 3 came out & did a news report on it.

    • tomocean

      I didn’t get any photos, video though. You might be able to extract a photo from one of the strikes.

      • alanstorm

        Thanks! Probably was one of those strikes. Pretty mean looking storm

  • RandomTreeInSB

    Just felt a moderate jolt in Santa Barbara about 15 minutes ago, any other reports in/around SB?
    M 3.6 https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ci37865280#dyfi

  • Bobby M ( San Carlos/Tahoe)
    • happ [Los Angeles]

      Northeastern LA county still in drought; Mojave high desert east of Tehachapi rain shadow. Glad to see Ventura county green up.

      • whisperingsage

        Really? Complaining about the Mojave desert being in drought? Isn’t that also called Death Valley? For a reason?

        • happ [Los Angeles]

          Death Valley is not even close to NE Los Angeles county.

    • Bartshe

      very wet and warmer-than-normal winter of 16/17

  • SoCal Al (El Monte-SGV)

    Had a great time yesterday participating in the “March for Science” in DTLA. Temps were in the low 90’s causing some people to suffer with heat illness. The exhibits were interesting and I had a chance to meet Tom Steyer. As noted below by WW bloggers some of the protest signs were hilarious and others just dissed our climate denier in chief. Overall, a fun day meeting people with similar interests and food trucks galore to soothe the palate.

    • happ [Los Angeles]

      I wussed out due to 90’s but dew points were quite comfortable and last night felt great once the cooler air reached me around 1:30am Lot more warm minimums laterly; hope we are not seeing a trend.

  • Chris

    Here’s my poster for the March of Science.
    This was my first experience for any March.
    I thought people were respectful and, for the most part, so were their signs.
    It was a good experience and I’m glad I went. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7ab7f25b42a6160e70c46b0856dea99ca0b0acd9c9baeb8d8ef58d48a5c978aa.png

    • SoCal Al (El Monte-SGV)

      I feel bad not making a poster to carry as we marched. Like you, this was my first protest or political march in a very long time. Met a lot of people, mainly nurses and teachers, just wish I didn’t talk my gf into going…..lol.

      • ConcepcionImmaculadaPantalones

        Hah! You should be hoping that she doesn’t happen to see this! 😉

  • happ [Los Angeles]
    • 82/83 El Nino Baby (San Jose)

      I find this post funny, but why is this post allowed on WW, but a post I submitted that only asked what the next steps after the science March was, was removed?

      • Nathan

        air quotes air quotes “””””””off topic”””””””” air quotes air quotes

        • 82/83 El Nino Baby (San Jose)

          That is fair, but if people posting pictures? of signs for the March is on topic, how is a question on the goal of the march is “off topic?

          • Nathan

            (it’s not. I was being sarcastic. I think your question was totally valid).

      • molbiol

        That was probably my fault and I apologize. I’ve since deleted everything else. If you re-post, I doubt he will delete it- and I will keep my mouth shut

    • martin

      Hey loser, this is a weather blog. GTFO.

      • happ [Los Angeles]

        hit a nerve?

  • molbiol

    For those that follow these things (such as myself), the GFS shows ingredients coming together next Friday for a significant dry-line event across the heartland of Oklahoma. By Friday morning a very stout dry-line will be in place with a strong surface trough ejecting out of New Mexico with a nice SW LLJ. Height falls, vorticity and shear all look favorable for a significant tornado outbreak. Model soundings show a weak cap prior which should enable create a “pressure cooker effect” allowing for supercell explosions once the cap weakens. Veering wind profiles indicated in the hodograph and SRH also look favorable. However, this is still nothing more than model guidance and a lot can change between now and then https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a46b82096b9017f532cedb4931ba2f0ae2eb2178f9f9c2fe7ba13c9b36b5a912.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aebe0b7cf64f126e668884a775ec2230bcbbb16215a4c2cbacff3938a2838b99.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ff1c73be0a0504aad98c51e920257e9c19e392bd61a9c9f19093641903a9f55e.jpg

    • Jim

      Saw that on the SPC…the guy I chase with will be there for sure

      • molbiol

        I really would like to go chasing someday. I hear its quite awesome witnessing a supercell. Unfortunately, it has gotten very crowded and there is a lot of controversy within and outside the storm chasing community. Still, if I ever had the money and time, I would love to chase with a veteran chaser

  • 82/83 El Nino Baby (San Jose)

    For those that participated in the March for Science, what are the next steps? I ask because I do not believe it changed any minds of Washington politicians that were not already on board.

    I know it will excite those who agree with the cause, like the Womens March did, but does it actually help change minds/actions? Not trying to be negative as it’s great too see Amercans participate, just hope it is more than a one day or week news headline

    • molbiol

      The entire system is broken, esp. in academia. Maybe scientists should look in the mirror for a change

      • 82/83 El Nino Baby (San Jose)

        Agreed. Just as the Pres and his peoples refusal to connect humans with climate change is absurd, the lack of diversity of opinions in colleges these days is downright scary. UC Bekely is a joke….

        • molbiol

          Absolutely, UC Berkeley is a joke. Not just that but the hypocrisy of Silicon Valley, elitism, emphasis on publications, corporate greed, elitism especially in Cancer research and pharmaceutical companies is insane. Most PIs are hypocrites and I find it laughable that Scientists are using this whole immigration lack of diversity argument. If foreigners are better Scientists then maybe that should be a wake-up call to our messed up education system..but that is a whole different can of worms..

          PS: If you are planning on pursuing higher education (graduate school, postdoc etc.) in the Biological Sciences, DON’T!!!!!!!!!

          • DelMarSD

            Geez.

          • happ [Los Angeles]

            ditto

          • matthew

            No kidding. But I guess Lancaster can do that to a person.

          • MetaGhost (Berkeley)

            Well, I guess I have to ask how the number 1 public university is a joke?

          • SlashTurn (Santa Barbara)

            Take money/profit out of politics/science/education and this deeply rooted conflict of interest system would change overnight.

          • MetaGhost (Berkeley)

            I’m not following, you’ve lumped science and education with “politics”. what’s the link?

          • Nathan

            (current PhD student in chem bio)

            I find myself agreeing with you wholeheartedly, and yet still would have chosen approximately the same path in retrospect.

            The longer I remain in science, the more I loathe the nature of the field and how it is structured, yet I also recognize how critical it is to society.

          • molbiol

            I don’t know what your plans are once you earn your PhD degree but my advice to you is to avoid doing a post-doc at all costs…

          • Nathan

            Oh yeah, no doubt, I’m leaving academia the second I can.

      • SlashTurn (Santa Barbara)

        Copy that…my favorite quote regarding this is from anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss…

        “The human sciences are only sciences by way of a self-flattering imposture. They run into an insurmountable limit, because the realities they aspire to understand are of the same order of complexity as the intellectual means they deploy. Therefore they are incapable of mastering their object, and always will be.”

  • matthew
    • Cap’n

      Marsha Marsha Marsha! I did my first exploration of the Emigrant trail as I’m itching to get on the bike. Completely unrideable the first 2.5 miles from Alder Creek to Prosser Creek bridge (solid 2-4 foot of snow pack in the shade, which is pretty much that whole section). We parked at Prosser Creek bridge and walked in about a mile or so. Totally snow free as that spot is in the sun, but quite a bit of marsh and mud. We turned around as we hit snow and mud that was too much. If I had to guess, I’d say it will be quite sometime (2-5 weeks) until you could do the whole trail all the way to Stampede. Even when the snow is gone the mud will be a mess. I don’t think I did Emigrant last year until Mid May. It’s usually the first snow free trail around. I’m guessing late May early June but who knows, a good heat wave or two and…

      • matthew

        Emigrant is one of my favorite trails for conditioning. At about 20 miles out-and-back and moderate terrain you can grind as hard as your lungs and legs will let you. I was thinking that I would stick to the road bike for the next month then go check it out. That said, it is melting pretty fast below 7000′ so it could be sooner.

        • Cap’n

          That trail has humbled me over the years. I’ve gone over my handle bars twice and had my chain snap off 5 miles in, not to mention doing it during some hot days where I was sweating like a mule with not enough water in the exposed spots. It’s an “easier” trail but so fun for a distance ride.

          • matthew

            I have been over the bars too many times and at 57 I do not heal as fast as I used to. So I tend towards trails where I can just grind it out for a good workout without breaking any bones. This one fits the bill perfectly for me.

          • Cap’n

            It will be fun to watch which trails open up and when this summer with all that snow up top. Hole in the ground wasn’t doable until mid July last year due to snow, so this year could be August or September. I’d imagine trails like Yogi’s and Sawtooth that sit in the 6,500-7,000 range will be somewhere between late May and mid June. Blackwood Canyon on the West Shore is a long way away from summer recreation activities. I think I’m going to finally get a fishing license this year and try to learn to fish.

          • matthew

            I quit fishing a few years ago during the drought. With the Truckee all but drying out the last few years I figured the fish were having enough problems without me harassing them. That said, check out the Little Truckee below Stampede. Start at the parking lot just below the power plant and walk downstream. Some amazing holes. And when the fish start their spawning run out of Boca in the fall it can be awesome. I hike out there in the fall just to check out the fish – if you get lucky you can see schools of 20-30 fish in the 1-5 pound range.

          • Cap’n

            My end goal is to catch Fukushima fish to go along with some Fukushima strawberries.

          • matthew

            Wait a few weeks for the Pyongyang fallout.

          • Yolo Hoe

            Thanks for the comment on OTB and aging as I’m also ‘there’ — was wondering if Emigrant fits the bill for a safe grind.

          • Cap’n

            It’s a real fun and mellow ride. I just fall a lot because I’m a kook.

          • matthew

            It is a great place get in some miles – fairly mellow rolling hills that you can take as fast or slow as you want. Plus a lot of side-trails if you want to just cruise around and explore. I am always gassed when I finish. As Cap’n says, there are a few places where you can endo, but nothing too serious. Also, stay away on big holiday weekends as there will be the usual droolers on their dirt bikes even though it is a bicycle-only trail.

    • whisperingsage

      That’s what keeps meadows green.

  • I just had the largest juiciest ripest sweetest and tastiest tomato sized strawberry I’ve ever had – it was organic from Watsonville. Is this because of our monster winter? Or should I blame Fukushima heh. I have huge hands so this image is deceiving even.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4bcbed2262ccee203ed4673d8e805833b9ee6deea5cf4190cace49cfa37ef6ac.jpg

    • Sorry you lost your thumb. Strawberries are worth it though. Usually big ones are not as juicy.

    • matthew

      Mmmmmargarita!

    • Cap’n

      I like the answer of Fukushima Strawberries better.

      • FukuBerries Or ShimaStrawbs…I thought my pee was glowing from that starbucks unicorn cancer drink I tried, I guess I know the culprit now.

      • Tuolumne

        No, it’s the che mtra ils that caused that.

    • ConcepcionImmaculadaPantalones

      My goodness that is HUGE. But I’m reluctant to take your assurances on the size of your hands. I’m certainly not the only one who has heard such declarations before! 😉

      • Cap’n

        You know what they say about big hands… big gloves.

        • ConcepcionImmaculadaPantalones

          Citation needed. 😉

        • whisperingsage

          And big nostrils too.

    • Yolo Hoe

      Thank you UC Davis: the undisputed kings of strawberry genetics and cultivar development, and the engine that powers Watsonville and other production locales — another good reason to March for Science.

      • Bombillo1

        Our scientific community, their contributions and private sector uptake, is the shinning star of our culture. Anyone threatening that is when I storm the Bastille.

    • whisperingsage

      I think you can “blame” Watsonvilles common practices of manuring their farmland regularly.

  • molbiol

    Perfect, we are under another wind advisory for the next 3 days ARGHHH!!!!!

    • RunningSprings6250

      You mean it’s not a permanent wind advisory in Lancaster? ??

      Do they adjust the requirements for hoisting wind advisories / warnings in areas like that which are almost always windy? Beaumont / Banning area comes to mind too…

      • molbiol

        Between 20-30mph is considered ‘breezy’ and not worth an advisory. That basically covers every other day out here

    • mattzweck

      Feel the same way except my sinuses kill me when. It’s Windy out.

    • SlashTurn (Santa Barbara)

      I’m right there with you, sustained 20mph with gusts to 50… I really don’t like this pattern for SoCal. It’s really stripping the fuel moisture out of the plants/trees.

      • molbiol

        Not only does it strip moisture, but the blowing dust makes it impossible to do any outdoor activities. Dewpoints are hanging in the 30s but if this keep up, they will soon be in the single digits by June.

      • whisperingsage

        That’s all we get out in southern Lassen county now. Used to be a regular breeze, but now for the last ten years it’s been damaging winds several times a year, enough to throw the trucks off highway 395.

    • Bobby M ( San Carlos/Tahoe)

      I would love a wind advisory for 3 days here

  • Cap’n

    The part of the Truckee that was discussed on here the other day is fun to look at for sure. We checked it out today and it is touching the bottom of one of the private bridges (picture). It was completely raging by River Ranch Lodge and closer than I’ve ever seen it to the bridge at Alpine Meadows Road. We also visited Prosser Creek (Other two photos) today which is flowing nicely. As Matthew noted below, the melt is on. Slopes we’re still mighty tast from 10 – 12 today. The way I’ve calculated it, I can still get 6-8 days in via spinning lifts through May.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b52a3aa3181052fb04a26b2a7d2e06cc4e5fd0a9384bc90900f9b382ad386d48.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c0361c1b6ddadfece8f39a91285785d784847ed194aac30494ee617b61e7a25d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7c5d89d51a0a58c8500cc31c9e6ddf517d69c08e61f0e3129384781fb215f4e0.jpg

  • ConcepcionImmaculadaPantalones
  • Bombillo1

    Bear with his first human sighting of the year. It must have been terrifying. Resting poorly tonight I’m sure. Big Bend Road today.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/81f837c2313817a426bfba215bbdf0e423bf677bb9fec93f89e6c4a9ba9452a1.jpg

  • Nate

    Saw this USGS page and geologic map on Twitter after the two small quakes in Santa Barbara earlier today. The Santa Barbara Coastal Plain is an interesting and active area (see the 1925, 1978, and 2013 quakes), so I thought this would be cool to share. Plus, it’s always useful to learn about the local geology.
    https://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/archive/socal/geology/transverse_ranges/santa_barbara/index.html
    https://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/3001/downloads/pdf/SIM3001map.pdf

    • rainingonmycactus

      Interesting structural framework in the SB-western Transverse Ranges area. If you haven’t checked out the publications regarding the regional detachment in the area, check out Namson and Davis/Yeats. They support a reasonable kinematic model for a low angle thrust underlies the western Transverse Ranges and how these north verging thrusts root into the regional detachment. If you have a GSA membership, this is a real concise pub of the area too: http://gsabulletin.gsapubs.org/content/126/1-2/219.short

      • Nate

        Thanks for the info! I don’t have a GSA membership, but I’ll see what I can find on google about that. I think I found the paper that you’re talking about, very interesting how many north-verging thrusts there are. It almost seems like there should be more south-verging splay thrusts from the décollement.

        http://www.thomasldavisgeologist.com/resources/Namson-and-Davis1998-Geology.pdf

  • Cap’n

    Just saw this posted on the Mono Lake FB page, kinda cool. Let’s enjoy it while we can before the snowline is permanently above 10K. End of Days are coming.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b993395bfb90b5488d6e7b01ba40b59696893ec86e780d734ea9d3611adbbd4b.png

  • Yolo Hoe

    Behold the hydrological engineering wonder that keeps Sacramento dry even in seasons like this — looking east across the I-80 causeway with Sacramento’s ‘skyscrapers’ in the foreground and the majestic Sierra Nevada in the somewhat hazy distance. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/651393d556788a21fdc4362cb6c2fcb45facb9b98fe492da78b26636c7c45a7f.jpg

    Plan for today had me cruising the corn, but had to settle for a beautiful cruise on the bicycle — never ceases to amaze that two different climate zones can be so close to each other.

    Water level in the bypass seems to be increasing of late.

    • alanstorm
      • Yolo Hoe

        Good call and good data.

        • Pfirman

          Took a guy to the airport early Saturday and was surprised to see the river road closed again and the bypass full again. Guessing lots of reservoirs are dumping right now.

    • Jason Jackson Willamette

      One can only imagine what this terrain was like 300 years ago before the tide called America came to reshape things to accommodate commerce.

      And every California valley that has grown into an urban area; San Fernando, Santa Clara, San Ramon…. The natural flow of the land, lacking dams across rivers and no sign of levee’s to impede all of this water cascading down, seeking it’s lowest point and spreading out from there… What a garden of Eden, the vast central valley a giant marsh, alive with bird, fish, mammal and insect.

      Sacred land. You can feel it still.

      • Nathan

        Sweet, sweet, sacred malaria.

        • Tuolumne

          That wasn’t here until it was brought here from outside. Lots of mosquitoes, though. And grizzly bears.

    • FolsomPrisonBlues

      I drove through the last week on my way out toward the coast and noticed the same thing. The water level has seemed to rise quite a bit. I have not seen the bypass this full in some time.

  • Howard Goodman

    More for the never ending rain year

    • Bombillo1

      Raining again here as well. I do like these night rains however. I’m on Gilligan’s Island helping Ginger arrange her coconut shells, then I wake up. The real shock is looking in the mirror.

  • Rusty Rails
  • AlTahoe

    I wasn’t expecting it to be snowing this morning.

    • Rusty Rails

      Rain at Kings Beach but there’s a curtain of white south over the lake.

    • Cap’n
      • well damn thats respectable. Haven’t missed that place until now – looks like they can’t do their job right without me though, notice that stupid little yellow light? I fixed that, they must have broken it again…however the knowledge to fix it left with me…

        • Cap’n

          Had my best day of the year a couple few weekends ago; deep, cold, uncrowded. Fun year it has been.

  • Finally getting to some of the backlog – behold, 10 days ago near Peak 9795 – note the intrepid explorer for scale:
    Click this link – not the thumbnail:
    https://is03.ezphotoshare.com/2017/04/24/Kf0gGt.jpg

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60e71a7c282e448dac4b6d5d516c86d38eaf6997c22930bc121c69f5e29e6b72.jpg

    • 805 Weather (Camarillo)

      You could put this on a Nat Geo cover… What camera? Absolutely stunning snow formation for a shot out of California.

      • An unwanted and unloved Nikon J4 is my pocket/cliff hucking camera, 810mm lens being used for this photo, so it’s all in the glass.

    • Chowpow

      Please tell me you hucked that.

      • That thing is the size of a small frigate, if it collapsed it could bury a couple houses.
        I did huck “cliff adjacent” however…

        • Cap’n

          What’s a huck?

          • Where’s the crest?

          • Cap’n

            Near the crust.

  • Bombillo1

    6 persons dead and 20,000 evacuated in Louisiana flooding. WW is not commenting?

  • rob b-Truckee/East Bay

    not sure if this has been posted but the Sac Bee has great drone video from the Truckee River showing the difference between 2015 and 2017.
    http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article146191514.html

    • Yolo Hoe

      That is SO awesome — thx!!

    • happ [Los Angeles]

      Nice but I am surprised by how close some homes are to Truckee River

      • Tuolumne

        I’m not surprised. People have no idea what a river can do until they actually see it happen with their own eyes.

  • mattzweck
    • Thunderstorm

      The metal shed in the picture looks like my neighbors shed that was trying to get airborne when the big winds hit here a couple weeks back. Hope your winds don’t get stronger then that 65MPH. Your in for a rough time with that cold pool in the north eastern Pacific Ocean this spring.

  • AlTahoe

    We got shafted out of our spring warmup this weekend. It looks like the big warmup for next weekend and beyond that Daniel posted is gone for our area as well according to the Reno NWS.

    “High pressure over the East Pacific will also amplify some and nudge
    east this weekend. However, it does not appear that it will move
    that far east as more short waves will drop down the east side into
    early next week. These won`t be as cold, but they will prevent a
    large warmup and it appears temperatures will likely be near average
    instead of well above if the ridge were to move onshore.

    • rob b-Truckee/East Bay

      looks like maybe Memorial Day weekend for golf around Tahoe at the earliest. Could be one of those years where only 9 holes opens up at many courses for the first few weeks.

    • Bombillo1

      Classic, we got shafted out of our heat wave! The worm has turned..

      • Yolo Hoe

        I hope your optimistic enthusiasm didn’t just anger the RRR and shake it out its doldrums.

      • AlTahoe

        I figure if the ski resorts are closing early we should just go straight to summer mode. Lol

  • Thunderstorm

    More pictures of the damaged spillway show wood left in and only one layer of rebar layed horizontally across the spillway. This explains why it came apart so quickly. Pics show no vertical rebar.

    • Nathan

      link?

      • GLWT

        • Nathan

          what?

          • acronym Good Luck With That (request)

          • Nathan

            oh is this the guy that always says alarmist stuff about Oroville and never provides articles/links?

          • I wouldn’t go that far, yet links are helpful

      • Thunderstorm

        The pics are on the oroville blog site. metabunk.org. Go to the last section number 41 click on it and scroll through the pics. This is the first time I have seen these pics. Were not there before. You can easily see that the rebar was only horizontally installed. Cost problem?

    • At the bottom? I’ll dig through my new pictures of that spot for it…

  • Howard Goodman

    Got another 1/2 inch of rain last night

  • Bob G (Gustine)

    Article this morning about the snowpack and river flows
    http://www.modbee.com/news/article146374324.html

    • Interesting info on Don Pedro.

      • Bob G (Gustine)

        Rivers are still running high. San Joaquin had come down quite a bit. The Tuolumne still.only.a few feet from flood stage

      • Bob G (Gustine)

        Lol, some nitwit tried to ride his jet ski in the Tuolumne River

        • Yeah I think it was Madison Bumgarner.

          • 82/83 El Nino Baby (San Jose)

            That is funny!

          • Nathan

            hahahaahhaa

          • Bob G (Gustine)

            LOL, that’s funny. At least Bumgarner was only risking his career. This nitwit was risking his life. And the Sheriff’s rescue team had to go risk their lives and time to rescue this guy from the water. Who can be that stupid to try and ride a jet ski in a raging river. This happened last month when the river was at its strongest flows.

          • thebigweasel

            In Santa Barbara, we have the Sheriff’s S&R plucking nitwits in kayaks out of the Channel just about every day. Apparently it doesn’t occur to them that kayaking when strong offshore breezes are blowing isn’t the best idea.
            I hear Bumgarner wound up near Hawaii.

          • inclinejj

            It was Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Kent.

            But, but, but, we were just washing our trucks.

  • Yolo Hoe

    Rolling through the coastal range gap on Amtrak capital corridor — absolutely beautiful with the many greens + saturated delta — with the view completed by a weak system moving over the hilltops!

  • Thirstier Nick (Santa Maria)

    Windy week here in the Central Coast. Bracing for 40-50 MPH gusts. A big warmup is coming in time for this weekend’s Strawberry Festival. I love those berries.

    • happ [Los Angeles]

      1982-83 El Nino was juicy

  • DelMarSD
    • Nathan

      Pretty amazing considering barely a trace of new snow in like 2 months.

      • DelMarSD

        They got massive amounts of snow in January.

        • happ [Los Angeles]

          12,000 feet plus, right?

          • DelMarSD

            11,503. But that’s still pretty damn high.

        • RunningSprings6250

          And in February when my 4″ rain / 7″ snow was ALL snow above 9k – the peak behind me is 8k and there’s still plenty of snow patches visible from 7.5k and up – found a patch of snow at 6300′ the other day too! LOL

        • weathergeek100

          My friends here in NorCal are shocked when I tell them that there are mountains in SoCal that exceed 10k feet, with the highest being over 11k. They’re even more shocked that there are actual ski resorts in So Cal. I bet if I show them this picture, they won’t believe this is SoCal, especially if I tell them it’s current.

          I wonder if I show them a pic of the LA skyline with the snowcapped San Gabriels behind it, they’d think it’s photoshopped lol.

    • weathergeek100

      Wow. Beautiful! And it’s almost May. My fiance is heading to Palm Springs on May 5 for her bachelorette party. I’m sure she’ll notice some of this snow up high while it approaches 100 degrees there.

  • mattzweck

    Really windy here in the high desert area. Especially where i live Lancaster area. Anybody driving through here be careful. We have a wind advisory until 3am wed.

  • Nate

    NWS Bay Area is calling it:

    “Longer range outlook favors dry weather along with warmer then normal temperatures through at least the first week of May. It appears that our rainy season has come to an end for the first half of 2017.”

    • DelMarSD

      I’m not calling it yet until the end of May, and I’m in So Cal. Rainy weather isn’t really that unusual in May, especially in the northern parts of the state.

      • happ [Los Angeles]

        Our chances for rain in SoCal look pretty dismal but you may be right that NorCal gets in on a storm or two next month

        • Mike Stephenson (Riverside)

          Nothing would surprise me at this point….

    • Ehhh.

      • inclinejj

        It’s going to rain 3’s in Portland!

        • Yes! I can handle that type of rain also.

          • inclinejj

            Another reason why I wished they didn’t let Luke Walton go to the Lakers.

    • inclinejj

      A week ago they saw a pretty big cold storm out of the Gulf Of Alaska. Then they saw a big warm up. I think they are still high from 4-20.

      • RunningSprings6250

        It’s 4:20 twice a day ya know! ?

        • inclinejj

          Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  • Cap’n

    Cold with light rain or drizzle for shizzle. Almost anti-depressant weather.

  • Hardcort
    • Cap’n

      That section is my drive 5 days a week. The width of the river in spots is truly impressive.

  • inclinejj

    It tried hard to drizzle most of the day but nothing. At one time the street got damp. Pacifica.

    • jstrahl

      Likewise in Berkeley.

  • inclinejj
    • Drew Stofflet

      Bear@my house last night. 350am. Knocked some plates off the ground ans lumbered off with a brand new, unopened container of almond/coconut milk from a shelf not too high up in my outdoor kitchen.

      • happ [Los Angeles]

        They’ve got good taste!

        • Tuolumne

          You just don’t want the bears to find out that you taste good. 😉

          • happ [Los Angeles]

            Yikes!
            I remember being awaken by bears when we were camping at Lake Shasta a long time ago!

      • matthew

        Years ago I was out backpacking in the Emigrant Wilderness and left an ice chest in my truck with a 6 pack of soda and a 6 pack of beer. When I got back to the trailhead, a bear had opened the ice chest and drank 2 of my beers – left the soda alone. Picture what looks like two bullet holes in each, except both holes are going in, rather than one in and one out. At least s/he left the other 4 for us. I still have the cans around here somewhere…

  • happ [Los Angeles]

    Death Valley was hottest spot in the nation yesterday [no surprise] @ 103F. Cooler today across the Southwest but temps will likely warm again. April has been warmer than normal but thankfully only a few days in the 90’s in LA https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6a6bfa865cb55753569bb43bbab6170e1683644aa798500eecf2e8d548c57600.jpg

    • Mike Stephenson (Riverside)

      Love these dunes with the backdrop of the mountains!

  • RunningSprings6250

    The fog deck lifted up from the valley and we’re in super dense fog now and actual drizzle! Holy we cows!!

    • click

      I hit some drizzle this morning coming down the Pass, some serious fog (not quite SYP level though) right over the crest. Sunny at home, as always.

  • mattzweck
  • David

    Found this picture of Mt. Shasta taken last month. Could not find a photo credit. The weather station at 7,600’ is measuring 20’ of snow.

    • mosedart (SF)

      wow, if there’s 20′ at 7,600′ I wonder what is up top!

      • Nathan

        Probably similar, bc of wind blow. But in the windward areas, waaaaay more.

  • David
    • Cap’n

      Booyah.

    • Pfirman

      Liltingly, yet lethally, beautiful.

  • scott

    At Mammoth this past weekend, the Eagle and Canyon Lodges officially closed for the season. I was able to hit that area one last final time on Friday before the crowds came out for the pond skim in Canyon. Mammothsnowman says that the main lodge will stay open until mid-August with the current year season passes good until August 1st. A NASA laser survey showed over 60+ feet at the top of the mountain, meaning that some snow will likely be there at the begining of next season! Check out his current blog at http://www.mammothsnowman.com for details.

    I also see from the local papers that Mono Dept of Roads and CalTrans have been trying to open the Tioga Pass (Hwy 120), but there is anywhere from 15 to 40 feet piled up. Their facebook page shows large bulldozers trying to move all that snow. Its going to be really interesting to see it when they do open. Probably chains required through fall? And all of the hippies that like to hike around Tuolumne Meadows are going to have to snowshoe or ski to get anywhere around there. It will be an interesting summer in Yosemite once it opens!

    Too bad its been dry in Kern County for a month or two for the most part, but at least the north is going great.https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7574519722e7c8355140882682878a87718e6024f0bf9a8b3f8dbba88c2fb6b7.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/42bfaf6228be3e228a9b56f54da10b0943bcf1f16ef48a5c16dfc8cb2e7e2a7c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f47eb03ce59df766009fd51c338adfe246cbbd0b77c4b6bc2bce6bf2f047b8e3.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0c25619f4855fc4d5a7de6222b4e39d5a9389d3a53b56795ba6641a498951498.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/79c1dfc572085c3a654406eda84b60207efa828ad4f35579071730f894b998c9.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60e2c3f1d1cb36436a3b672547a2768703fdd2feebeab99ec61339f062727134.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e2643bb7c2e19e1b69d01e3d4de21ddac0e351df48604bcb01975ecb90eefa4d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5734d2457c4896c88051de5b0171d2fb057730093fd210d1fca7d71ca9cf19dc.jpg

    • Thunderstorm

      Timeless and surreal. Beauty beyond compare. 3D visibility. The sense of nature is very strong.

  • Cap’n

    Just came down off the summit it’s snowing at a decent clip, probably short lived. Kind of a sleet snow/rain thing going on at home. Surprised to see .4″ in the gauge since last night from whatever heavy drizzle/light rain fell all day. I noticed SugarBowl picked up maybe 3-5″ today, maybe a little more up top but didn’t report it, probably because they’re only open weekends. They’re so close to 800″ it would be nice to tally up every little morsel.

    • Rusty Rails

      It was snowing on Brockway Summit on the way back from Truckee around 9pm. 267 was coyote central with at least 5 bushy beasties running along and across the road after the Northstar light. I saw several cruising around Hirschdale Monday morning as well.

      • matthew

        The coyote and bobcat have been all over this year. They have been raiding the local chicken coops all winter. Even had some paw prints from a mountain lion at the neighbors house. I think the severe winter has driven them into habits they normally avoid.

        • inclinejj

          The coyotes ripped apart a small raccoon the other night. Sounded and looked like a murder crime scene.

          Coyotes 1

          Raccoons 0

          • Charlie B

            A year ago we rescued a very scared little bunny who had been separated from its mom in an area frequented by coyotes. One of the boys took the cute little thing over to his dad’s house, whereupon a house cat killed it. So it goes.

          • inclinejj

            Another reason not to like cats!

  • Arnold Weather Fanatic

    Only .02″ yesterday. Looks like things are wrapping up for the year

  • scott

    Nice light rain in the kern foothills this morning from a low lying stratus deck. The wind and fog in the high country mtns were vicious too.

  • Current SSTA anomalies. I like using Optimum Interpolation Sea Surface Temperature (OISST) because it doesn’t have the shock and awe effect of many other anomaly maps.. AVHHR is Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/511f44e8b0118ce65748d05e9f6557ca721d5222899dfbeb66ad4cf61edfb53f.gif

    • Pfirman

      Still shocking and awful.

      • To each his own

        • Pfirman

          Am I reading it wrong? The oceans look hot no matter the display choice.

      • Mike Stephenson (Riverside)

        Care to elaborate?

        • Pfirman

          Hot oceans don’t need much elaboration. They need cooling.

    • Chris

      Just look at that thermocline!!!
      In many respects, the weather pattern this year has resembled the 1981-82 season.
      I wonder what the ocean temperature anomalies were back then.

      • Contours? Thermocline is depth 🙂
        April 1982? or DJF 1981-82?

        • Chris

          Aack! So technical…. and you’re right. Duh!
          I meant temperature gradient on the sea surface.
          The whole year 1981-82.
          I stared crosseyed at daily satelite photos from fall-April of that season recently.

          • I was moody today so I picked a nit. ? I’ll try to post up here later today or tomorrow am. Probably four meteorological seasons with SSTA. Craig posted some very worthy analysis of the wind anomalies that made the winter we had. Also gotta remember the many bullseye AR’s to hit us?

    • Craig Matthews

      Dang!! The ocean-atmospheric coupling has been incredible this year. . You can see it in the zonal wind anomalies from the 850mb up past the 250mb level, and in Columnar Precipitable Water Anomalies, which also show an incredible moisture transport from the far tropical WPac all the way across the NPac to the West Coast. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7a2f1df23380eae02a47e8c22a644dd310f341158fc6c6d1bd7b4fb36bc9273a.gif https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2bf66cfcc8d07a14d95960c0fee45f0abd600ff230439952de0e0f85270ff2f9.gif https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0261d5e5918e93b9e4177f9d99c4eba324f28b42029b4ab673277de10e5a0be3.gif

      • I’m not sure how much the westerly QBO played into Aleutian high vs SSTA alone. We did wind up with vertically stacked SSTA’s and a La Nina Modoki. IE upper wind just west of SA kept the La Nina weak. BTW what sub-dailies did you find columnar water?

        • Craig Matthews

          Both of the sub dailies have it, but its listed as just “Precipitable Water”. I can’t get on the site right now but I’ll try to get more info on it to you later. IRT QBO, IMHO the +QBO forcing/shear stress on the upper tropospheric regime, with the strong -IOD influence on teleconnections, and the ssta spatial pattern in both the tropics and extra tropical Npac favorably aligned the NPac block and the strengthened sub-tropical jet that helped give us this spectacular winter.

          • Thanks I was looking for “Columnal” Had actually done a few of those. Fish memory I tell ‘ya! 🙂

  • alanstorm

    .5″ in Willits from yesterday’s drizzle-fest.
    That puts me at 99.7″ for the season ?

    • Pfirman

      With that many inches I’m sure you had enough parallax error to easily be over 100. Let it go.

      • alanstorm

        I GOT 100″ !!!!!!?
        Watch out Ragdump!

        • Yolo Hoe

          Mushrooms are on the house all day!

          Suggest you not get uppity about Rag Dump — there’s double A ball, and then there’s the big leagues.

          • alanstorm

            Mostly serves as a conversational piece: “I got 100″ of rain!” as opposed to “I got 99.7”.
            Just like racing when everyone would ask “DID YOU WIN?”
            then it was always, “…Uh no, but I got 7th…” very anti-climactic

          • Pfirman

            Seven is a prime number. You got that.

          • alanstorm

            I should thank my lucky Shamoo for that

    • Thunderstorm

      Redacted because of possible terrorist activity. What a bunch of ———.

      • inclinejj

        After 9-11 our government was scared of an attack on a dam or a major bridge. You couldn’t even fish from a boat near the South Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. I also heard they were patrolling the runways out in SF Bay not letting anyone close.

        I doubt anyone wants these nuts to have information on weak spots. Being there is way too much information out there anyway, better safe than sorry.

        • Pfirman

          Agree. And not like any idiot with a MOAB couldn’t figure where to drop it from his ultra-lite, heh. Sorry, Utah.

      • Pfirman

        Pretty sure you have lost electricity because ‘somebody’ shot up a transfer station.
        You don’t live downstream.

    • I heard BOC came out with a new song about the Oroville incident called ‘Don’t Fear the Leaker’

      • Using the e-spillway as a last resort IS The Reaper. The only thing left of Oroville would be that damn dam and a very frustrated headworks.

  • Shecky

    We were up in Bishop for a wedding and a tour of the lakes to check out fishing for this up coming week.
    Convict looks great https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ae93ef8b60f7a35e997a3af139d86f3d6aba327c13cc08308267412d4e91157a.jpg

    I haven’t seen Grant this high for a while https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7061c0af17cdd70de926218ca86d438f80a87fd4d24653d35a6a82cda22e4a6a.jpg

    And they are draining down Lundy to get ready for the canyon full of snow behind it
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/93dc7381d09c74012fc4dddecd514b76926893a82bd1f5128a1af9521f622569.jpg

    • scott

      good place for a wedding

    • janky

      I have a backpacking trip with my boys July 4th weekend….hoping I don’t have to wear gaiters!

      • Shecky

        You may need snow shoes depending on where your headed…lol

        Just behind the cabins above Lundy the snow gets deep fast. Virginia lakes it’s about 15′ before you get to the store. Further south it’s a solid base at 8000′. We hiked up towards Walker just north west of Grant and it’s pretty deep up there too.

      • Nathan

        where you headed?

        • janky

          Dinkey Lakes

          • Nathan

            Cool. will probably be mucky but I think it’ll be melted by then at that elev.

            If you have time the rest of this year, now might be a great year to go to “dryer” places eg southern Sierra, Hat Creek, Warner Mtns etc because of the extra water this year.

          • janky

            Yeah, I really don’t want to back out of Dinkey Lakes. Did so much research given I’ll have my boys and wife with me (needed short distance, good fishing, not insane drive from Bay Area, etc). Mucky doesn’t sound appealing at all. Might have to research last night locations too.

          • Nathan

            should be awesome. just bring tons of Ultrathon

          • janky

            I know mosquitos will be bad. They were bad at Chain Lakes last year. Interesting though, never heard of Ultrathon. I’ve always used Ben’s.

          • Pfirman

            What makes you think the Warners will be dryer?

      • Pfirman

        Or snowshoes?

    • Craig Matthews

      Oh man that looks so nice and inviting. I can’t wait to get up in the high elevations of the Southern Sierra this summer. A group of us do annual backpack trips up in the Sierra, and this summer the plan is to go back to one of our favorite spots between Bishop Pass and Mather via Knapsack rt, where we get up close and personal with the North Palisade. We did it in 2011, and there were lots of snow fields and full ice cover on some of the high elevation lakes. So this summer will be quite an adventure up there. Thanks for sharing your photos.

      • Shecky

        We do Bishop Pass quite a bit…I’ve caught a lot of Goldens up there and some nice size rainbows. The farthest I’ve gone was through La Conte ( up to the JMT) and back in that area. I just love going lake to lake fishing up there in the Dusi Basin.
        Wow!! North Palisades are a trip from there….I’m way past that hike…lol. Figure that by later in July we will try our luck up there. Heck, we couldn’t even get to Sabrina this trip…lol

        • Pfirman

          People say Rainbows so easily. Up in the King’s Canyon backcountry we caught a mess for breakfast our first night as t a lake versus a stream.
          Some were red-fleshed and some white, like I’ve seen all my life. It was a revelation. The red-fleshed tasted like salmon. End of the meal only white flesh-ed fish were left.
          My friend said they were the plants, and the red were native. Regardless, the reds were delicious.

          • Shecky

            The pink flesh is due to diet. There are plants that will actually get pink from being there long enough. If they are white and/or have a clipped fin they are definitely plants. The fresh water crustaceans/crayfish, insects and scud they eat change their flesh to pink. Natives and successive generations will be pink because of a natural diet. If they stay on a minnow diet they will stay white. The salmon colored flesh ones definitely do taste better….

        • Craig Matthews

          Yeah, the Dusy Basin down La Conte is so awesome. Love those old gnarly weather beaten trees on the way down from Bishop Pass to the Dusy Basin. Fishing is always great.

  • Dogwood

    Surprised we haven’t hit 80 yet in downtown San Jose but should in fact do so this week. It feels like a particularly cool late winter/spring here but the NWS records show- with a highest of 78 so far- the temps for March and April are still running 1-2 degrees above “Average”.
    Perception is everything.
    Last few years ran 3+ above.

    • janky

      I watched a video last night of my sons playing laser tag from April 17 last year. It was 87 degrees that day in San Jose. Kids were drenched. I’m loving this spring even if it’s still warmer than avg.

      • Pfirman

        A real spring, and more or less extended relatively speaking. Guessing you are more north versus south. Sorry, i can’t remember everyone, speaking as a Yolo denizen.

    • PRCountyNative

      Wind is gonna blow and ocean is gonna get cold. Might not make it to 80.

    • happ [Los Angeles]

      Looks like a sustained period of warming; lots of wind down here

    • Wow perception for sure. I’m ready for some 80+ though

      • Pfirman

        Documented. A ship leaving cold climes enters moderate climes, and a ship leaving warm climes enters moderate climes will have crews experiencing quite different layers of clothing.

  • http://www.cnrfc.noaa.gov/
    Water year to date Oct1 to April-19th~ish
    Some areas along Santa Lucia and Santa Cruz mtn ranges did very well with the numerous A/R’s.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9a5d200155b848905bd0f928cba3af21ecbea320ea950191051a675b0cefb795.jpg

    • Chris

      Notice the wet “tongue” extending from the Monterey Bay to Morgan Hill?

      • I was going to stick an arrow there. LOL It’s been an amazing winter for precip in our area hasn’t it!!

        • Chris

          Big time. Part of me says “this will never happen again in my lifetime”
          But you never know.
          What part of MH do you live in? Native?

          • West of Monterey Rd. Near Paradise Valley. I’ve worked here since 2011. Grew up in San Jose and lived on MRY Peninsula for 11 years before moving here in 2015. Never have I experienced more rain in a season and especially the month of January!

          • Chris

            Oh wait a minute. I think you contacted me on FB (?)
            If it’s the same guy, you got a weather station that recorded 21″ in January and we chat with Steve Paulson a lot.

    • mbmattcor (TD 6400′)

      This is fascinating! That white blob southeast of Tahoe along the diagonal ca/nv border is the Sweetwater Mtn Range. It’s a moonscape up there. I recommend it highly. It is life changing up there. Last year, I did a backpacking race that went over the top of mt patterson ~11,700 ft, highest point in the sweetwaters. It’s in that 350% of normal blob and within ~150 miles sw, there is 50% of normal blob. Holy rain shadows batman!

  • Thunderstorm

    When the clouds here are black here (SF bay area by Fremont) this time of year it means the winds are coming for southern California usually the next day. If the clouds are black in the summer it means big time thunderstorms for the Sierra the same day.

    • Pfirman

      Nice. We can now document the outcome. (One here too many there.)

  • Cap’n

    Just another fall evening on West end, looks like spring arrives next week?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2942d400533dc123646b0766deacae18f1396593931536b1a76859eae2474c48.jpg

  • Alice Paul (LA)

    I recently moved from the San Fernando Valley to over the canyon in LA. It seems to be generally a more breezy area, but the wind events over the last couple of months have been wild. Tonight the winds are howling–about 20 mph with gusts up to 40. We may even see some 60 mph gusts.

    • SoCal Al (El Monte-SGV)

      Location, location, location. It’s a micro-climate nightmare at times here in the southland. In the SGV we don’t get the gusty NE/E winds during a Santa Ana wind event, but a few miles east it’s blowing a gale. In your situation it all depends on the wind direction. Over the last couple of days it’s been a W/NW windflow so it might be windier there than in the SFV, but when it turns in a more northerly direction, it will change once again.

    • happ [Los Angeles]

      Topanga canyon?

      • Alice Paul (LA)

        I moved from Sherman Oaks to just east of Century City–is that Topanga Canyon? Franklin Canyon? Fryman Canyon? etc. After 30 years of living in LA I sadly don’t know. We’ve always called it “THE CANYON” or “THE HILL”.

        • happ [Los Angeles]

          Gotcha, yes it has been windy, esp yesterday. I am further east of you & closer to Pasadena where the winds can be less gusty esp during santa ana events

  • Nate

    Although this is one model (and it’s the CFS lol) and it’s spring, there’s been an interesting trend away from El Niño next season. Any thoughts?

    SST Anomaly for August 2017: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/01fd2410e46e88cf1b52d26c749b7d2339cbdaa9c7c49750e479949dc9083a90.gif

    Precip Anomaly Nov-Dec-Jan:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c5b52a41aaf9a7d7fe47f279432ad06640fe9604e5aaf55621ceb1e35826bb0e.gif

    Jan 2018 Precip Anomaly:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/99b4a5e193e424302d5afecaedd46cc1c494a8a138b1cd736dbd33487b2c0a5c.gif

    • happ [Los Angeles]

      What;s not to like except summer humidity? Bring it on!

    • Lol.

    • Nathan

      oh great. mega drought fate sealed.

      • Nate

        ¯_(?)_/¯

    • Get to mid September and things will get more in focus.

  • mbmattcor (TD 6400′)

    My favorite snotel id: 574 Leavitt Lake hit its max snow depth on April 19th @ 280″ on the ground. Link below is the start of snow on the ground 10/16 thru the current 4/25. Man, it goes up to “11” in early January and never quits.

    https://wcc.sc.egov.usda.gov/reportGenerator/view/customSingleStationReport/daily/start_of_period/574:CA:SNTL%7Cid=%22%22%7Cname/-191,0/WTEQ::value,SNWD::value,PREC::value,TOBS::value,TMAX::value,TMIN::value,TAVG::value?fitToScreen=false

    • Nathan

      I’ve backpacked up there a fair amount. Gorgeous scenery up there and cool volcanic outcrops.

    • Henry

      I have hiked near Leavitt Lake in past summers, and I recall seeing large patches of snow there even in July and August. Leavitt Lake is a few miles south of the crest of Sonora Pass north of Yosemite. This SNOTEL location is high (9600′), north facing, and in a very favorable location along the Sierra crest. The reading of 123″ of water equivalent at Leavitt Lake is the most I recall seeing for a Sierra station, exceeding the 120″ at Squaw Valley in 1995.

      • mbmattcor (TD 6400′)

        @disqus_pHVp2Nhsf5:disqus do you think it’s an accurate snow depth reading due to drifting, etc?

        • Henry

          Yes, I think it is reasonably accurate, as far as I could tell. Of course no two locations on a mountain have exactly the same snow pack. Leavitt Lake is in a bowl, so some snow undoubtedly collects in drifts below the steep side of the bowl. The photo of the SNOTEL site (https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/siteimages/574.jpg) shows that it is in a fairly flat forested location, and does not appear to be directly below a steep slope. I have seen big patches of snow near the lake in summer, even after the SNOTEL reading went to zero.

          • mbmattcor (TD 6400′)

            Great info thanks. I will attempt to go there in mid August, we’ll see if they open the road.

  • happ [Los Angeles]

    Snow, rain, fog – Sierra get all the weather. We are jealous in SoCal
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/180aa0867ec43d7bf6b0a825041c0d4ce5a96829452f4468d7fad98c685d9bec.jpg

    • mbmattcor (TD 6400′)

      I just went over the pass, I can confirm. It was pea soup with light drizzle and 35°

      • Pfirman

        Always blows my mind that we in the Valley have almost no fog to befoul our roads any more. Pea soup old-timey SYP?

        • Yolo Hoe

          Perhaps macro pattern change that CHeden mentioned awhile back in terms of how weather enters and moves through California?

          People always warned us about the fog since moving to Yolo in 2013, but only dense fog period of note I can recall is December/January during 14-15 season. Was worried about it this year, but have thankfully had no harrowing bicycle fog rides this season (gale force winds + driving rain rides, yes).

  • Nate

    The little lenticular that could–spotted over the Santa Cruz Mountains.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6a4edb11a4b6ef9ec4371957f112970beea717cc7ec428529c4aac04ab811a46.jpg

  • gedawei

    Thought I’d pass this on – an iphone temp/humidity/pressure app that normally costs $1.99 is free right now. I tried it, and it’s worth the price! It’s called Thermo-Hygrometer
    http://bgr.com/2017/04/25/best-free-iphone-apps-ipad-apr-25-ios/

    • mbmattcor (TD 6400′)

      my temp’s off by 2.1° 😛

      • gedawei

        Are you sure which one is off, haha?

        • mbmattcor (TD 6400′)

          i see it pulls the wunderground station nearest to me, so I’m in a creek drainage which is always a bit lower temp than the station above me.

      • Pfirman

        That’s more than the price, lol. Still, the price is as next to free that one could get outside a dollar store.

  • Rusty Rails
    • Pfirman

      You’re a lucky guy to get to do this at the coast and in the Sierra. Do you have a favorite? Just a Valley question, heh.

  • inclinejj

    Hey Cap’t, you watching this pitchers duel on a perfect SoCal night for baseball?

    • mbmattcor (TD 6400′)

      Let’s go Oakland…

      • inclinejj

        Damned Casilla

        • mbmattcor (TD 6400′)

          I wouldn’t want to face Trout.

          • inclinejj

            I wouldn’t throw him a batting practice pitch right over the plate.

          • inclinejj

            Oh man. Blah

      • SlashTurn (Santa Barbara)

        And that’s the official end to the rainy season…when someone mentions Oakland Athletics baseball on a weather board, it’s over!

        • Drew Stofflet

          um, no…three days of constant heavy drizzle here, my new dirt front yard and driveway are the consistency of melted chocolate milkshake

      • scott

        Just as long as we can avoid that BART bus where the 60 thugs robbed and beat up everyone.

    • Cap’n

      I’m so out of the loop the past two seasons, but I just finished watching Trouble With the Curve. Wow what a good movie for baseball fans. Hopefully it kicked my passion for the game back in, though it’s hard to get behind a passionless team like the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles California North American Greater Southwest franchise these days. MuzikBandiniMota all got their starts on the Angel boards years back. That team and Fat Soth piss me off so bad I have to take loooong breaks. Maybe I have the serenity to jump back in the ring now, but I doubt it.

      • inclinejj

        It’s the SoCal in you. You can take a boy out of SoCal, but you can’t take the SoCal out of the boy.

        Just like the idea of bringing the Rams and Chargers to LA.

        The Angels will still be a major draw. I think consustantly over 3 mil.