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Drought: California Needs 'March Miracle' of 10 Inches of Rain

Experts give their assessment today at a webcast from the Aquarium of the Pacific.

To break California's drought, the state would need a "March miracle" of at least 10 inches of rain, a National Weather Service official said today.

"We're at a point where our deficit is so great even to get back up to normal for this one year we're saying is a one-in-a-thousand chance to get that much rain," said John Dumas, NOAA National Weather Service Science and Operations Office.

It would take an atmospheric river coming into California to bring a large amount of precipitation quickly, which also brings the risk of flooding, Dumas said.

Dumas spoke with Long Beach Water Department General Manager Kevin Wattier during a live webcast this morning at the Aquarium of the Pacific, where they provided insight into why this drought is occurring, strategies to save water, and how NOAA is able to track and predict these extreme weather phenomena.
Wattier said California should be able to shoulder a three- to four-year drought, but may be in trouble if it lingers longer.

"We think it is time now to step up and preserve that water for the future," Wattier said.

He said Californians should not be too worried, but should instead think about ideas of how to save water.

"It's all those little things adding up, but irrigation is the biggest thing, Wattier said.

As part of the presentation, NOAA data was projected on a high-tech projection sphere to illustrate and analyze the impact of the drought.

The 6-foot sphere can show near-real time data fed from NOAA's satellites and other monitoring systems, including weather predictions, actual storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, sea surface temperature, and more, according to the NWS.

--City News Service
hellwood February 22, 2014 at 10:15 PM
the USDA should have Wikipedia check their facts
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 22, 2014 at 10:22 PM
Thanks for the link. Yes learning is fun. I learned that California's biggest industry is..... Government employees. That California used to be larger than all but six countries in the world has dropped to 12. That it is the fifth largest supplier of agriculture in the world. But are we to assume you think it better to cut that off because large government is more of a percentage, that we should cut that off because computers that are manufactured outside the US And shippid here, making a few billionaires is a larger percentage? That homegrown food that feeds the world, and employes many is less important than ...... You fill the blank
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 22, 2014 at 10:36 PM
Hellwood, Yes! I always take mr. Wiki with a grain of salt. A few years back one of the top guys, an activist, coordinated with another activist to delete over 5,000 references that detailed how the "hockey stick" graph, was incorrect. It also deleted any reference to the medieval warm period, and little ice age, if I remember right. The guy is gone, and the material is being allowed back in. By the way, that is an example of the word conspiracy.
Shripathi Kamath February 22, 2014 at 10:49 PM
Fortified- AKA whatever I feel like that day how long is this? February 22, 2014 at 10:22 PM Thanks for the link. Yes learning is fun ___________________________________________________ You're welcome. Might have been better if you had read the claim that was made, but then again, I'd not bet on it.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 22, 2014 at 10:57 PM
Which claim? We are still to believe you are good with the idea of cutting agriculture water?
Shripathi Kamath February 23, 2014 at 01:36 AM
Fortified- AKA whatever I feel like that day how long is this? February 22, 2014 at 10:57 PM Which claim? We are still to believe you are good with the idea of cutting agriculture water? ___________________________________________________ "We"? That explains a lot. Bet looking more solid.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 23, 2014 at 02:11 AM
Well OK, thanks for clarifying. You are fine cutting water that grows food. Combination of a heartless idea with a heartless attitude. I know enough of sheripathi now.
Yeparoo February 23, 2014 at 02:48 AM
Maybe instead of building HSR, we can build another aqueduct. Those in need of water in farming could be helped as well as southern cal. Anyone in need of a high speed experience could then take Southwest for $29 to frisco, or maybe take a high speed boat on the aqueduct. The smelt could take a swim south and allow Shri take take them to the ocean in his Tesla.
Stan Jacobs February 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Notice that the politicians avoided suggesting a freeze on housing development. Construction projects use a lot of water. Plus, if we do not have adequate water supplies for the present population why increase our numbers further beyond the carrying capacity?
melissa kaffen February 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM
To add insult to injury SJC has a $42 million water plant (albatross) with a water table that is fast dropping to the 50% NO-PUMP water level if it hasn't done so already. San Juan Hills Golf Course's well system is struggling & Marbella CC is going off the well to recycled water any minute now. The MDW ground water plant bond holders get paid by the rates charged for ground water consumed in San Juan. How does that happen when the water table drops below the 50% and the plant has to be turned off? And...What about all those water plant utility workers on the payroll. Anybody?....crickets
Shripathi Kamath February 23, 2014 at 02:54 PM
Stan Jacobs February 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM Notice that the politicians avoided suggesting a freeze on housing development. Construction projects use a lot of water. Plus, if we do not have adequate water supplies for the present population why increase our numbers further beyond the carrying capacity? ___________________________________________________ Also notice that politicians are claiming that large number of Californians are voting with their feet and moving to Tejas. So how is it that our numbers are still increasing, and more importantly, how is it causing/continuing this record drought? Will it start raining based on anything humans do? Especially stopping construction work?
Donna Fleming February 23, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Stan...that would be the intelligent thing to do. Stop building more homes until the drought is over. More housing requires the need for more water to supply families who would move here. Common sense says stop building homes now.
Donna Fleming February 23, 2014 at 03:09 PM
Mr. Shri... "so how is it that our (population) numbers are still increasing"? Come on! And, the only way the human can effect a change in percipitation is to contact, STARBUCK, beat the drum, Rain come ye here. $100.00. More people = need for more water.
Shripathi Kamath February 23, 2014 at 05:21 PM
Donna Fleming February 23, 2014 at 03:09 PM Mr. Shri... "so how is it that our (population) numbers are still increasing"? Come on! ___________________________________________________ Come where? Tejas? There the drought causes fires, and the only remedy offered in prayers. Plus, more people have moved there from California, so that might cause even less rain. ___________________________________________________ "And, the only way the human can effect a change in percipitation is to contact, STARBUCK, beat the drum, Rain come ye here. $100.00. More people = need for more water." ___________________________________________________ What language is that commercial in? Google translator was unable to identify it. So I politely refuse your offer of $100.00 papier-mâché hats.
Shripathi Kamath February 23, 2014 at 05:24 PM
Fortified- AKA eyecu February 23, 2014 at 02:11 AM Well OK, thanks for clarifying. You are fine cutting water that grows food. Combination of a heartless idea with a heartless attitude. I know enough of sheripathi now. ___________________________________________________ Which is a drop in the bucket of what you need to know. Still, every little drop counts towards that 10 inches of rain needed.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 23, 2014 at 08:58 PM
I'll pray for you.
Shripathi Kamath February 23, 2014 at 09:01 PM
Cool, I'll think for the both of us.
Donna Fleming February 23, 2014 at 09:51 PM
Mr. Shri... You are not familiar with Bill Starbuck....? For $100 he will bring rain. Last scene.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 23, 2014 at 10:04 PM
Donna, without googling.... The rainmaker, by..... ? .. Acting classes at Stella Adler
Donna Fleming February 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Well done. Fortified.
Stan Jacobs February 24, 2014 at 12:25 AM
Donna- I think Shri is wearing a foil hat:)
Shripathi Kamath February 24, 2014 at 12:33 AM
Stan Jacobs February 24, 2014 at 12:25 AM Donna- I think Shri is wearing a foil hat:) ___________________________________________________ Sez the one wearing a straitjacket for a suit.
Donna Fleming February 24, 2014 at 12:49 AM
Stan.....more likely he has had too much exposure to radio waves, source unknown.
Shripathi Kamath February 24, 2014 at 12:53 AM
Donna Fleming February 24, 2014 at 12:49 AM Stan.....more likely he has had too much exposure to radio waves, source unknown. ___________________________________________________ Sez the one offering a movie character as a solution to cure drought.
Donna Fleming February 24, 2014 at 01:13 AM
Shri.... Too much animosity. Comic relief, keeps the homicide rate down in San Juan Capistrano. Did you see the movie? The Rainmaker, 1957. Worth watching.
Shripathi Kamath February 24, 2014 at 01:33 AM
Donna Fleming February 24, 2014 at 01:13 AM Shri.... Too much animosity. ___________________________________________________ Oh wait, did I start it? [checks] Nope. But this one time, I'll yield to the fair lady from SJC. As an aside, I prefer the Matt Damon/Danny DeVito flick by the same title, albeit with a different story line.
Dan Andreiu February 24, 2014 at 01:44 AM
SOLUTION TO WATER CRISES http://www.autotoilet.com/hygienic/Home.html
ace February 24, 2014 at 08:18 PM
let's build more houses and more industrial/commercial properties and worry about the water later.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 24, 2014 at 09:44 PM
As they make it more difficult to live outside the urban area, cut off water to farms, the building will be more centralized.....Agenda 21. Cutting off water to outside areas is in the framework.....
Stan Jacobs February 25, 2014 at 12:25 AM
Ace - We have done that, now you are seeing the consequences.

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