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Pray for rain

Postby balzaccom » Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:13 pm

Yes, we've had a few storms, and another one or more is on the way. But we really do need a long wet winter this year. Last year was way below normal, and things are just plain dry.


Take a look at this photo of Donnell Reservoir on the Stanislaus River, and you'll see what we mean.


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Dean Martin was right. So was Bing Crosby. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
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Re: Pray for rain

Postby rlown » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:27 pm

They're predicting 10" in my neck of the woods (North Bay) over the next few storms. I like the rain, but I like it to come gently over a longer period of time.
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Re: Pray for rain

Postby Herm » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:15 pm

Batten down the hatches, and stay safe Russ.
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Re: Pray for rain

Postby TehipiteTom » Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:49 pm

More snow in the Sierra is acceptable if and only if the following two conditions are met: 1) we get exactly enough snowpack to keep us out of drought conditions for the year, and not one inch more; and 2) every storm bypasses the Bay Area, so it doesn't rain here.

Any deviation from those two conditions is completely unacceptable.
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Re: Pray for rain

Postby rlown » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:28 pm

Well, we only got an inch today. That was enough to expose the weak spots in the ditches (fixed). I hate gophers. Now we wait.. Pray for breaks in the rain pattern. helps with the run-off.
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Re: Pray for rain

Postby East Side Hiker » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:56 am

Now that I got a job working for a hydrologist for the winter, the first big gully-washer has fizzled out. But I suspect there will be more rain off and on for the next 3 days. Should be respectable rain and snow fall. I loved that video of the guys skating down Evolution Valley. Its cold enough, but not a lot of snow.
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Re: Pray for rain

Postby ERIC » Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:01 pm

Preliminary estimate based on snow pillows is about 140% of normal to date for December in the Kings River Basin and even better in parts to the north. Good start, but it's still REALLY early. First statewide surveys begin this coming month!
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Re: Pray for rain

Postby rlown » Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:36 pm

well.. my ground is completely saturated. It's like someone left a couple hoses on under the hill behind my house.. All ground water/run-off.

I'd be happy now if it targeted the Sierra in the form of snow and left Petaluma alone.
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Re: Pray for rain

Postby Shawn » Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:15 am

I was hoping for more rain this year; at least average amounts. Which reminds me, I fail to understand these forecasts as they change about as often as one can look out the window. "EC" implies that it's anyone's guess as to the precip amounts. You have to wonder why they bother?

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