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California Reservoirs Getting Back To Normal

April 28, 2016

By Paul Homewood 




Precipitation in California over the last six months has been just above average. This is the most important part of the year, as more than 80% of annual rainfall comes between October and March.


As a result, water levels are close to average in most of the major reservoirs, and even above average at some.

Only New Melones and San Luis can be said to be well below.



  1. markl permalink
    April 28, 2016 6:05 pm

    Now if California would only channel the excess into ground water they might avert more shortages in the future.

    • AZ1971 permalink
      April 29, 2016 12:30 am

      That would make far too much sense to be allowed. ‘Tis better to exploit a crisis, especially in the land of fruits & nuts the golden sun.

  2. Broadlands permalink
    April 28, 2016 7:16 pm

    Is this “Back to Normal” a response after an “abnormal” EL-Nino year?

  3. April 28, 2016 9:52 pm

    I went to the NCDC page linked above and ran Texas 12-month rainfall totals for April through March and the latest period from April 2015 through March 2016 is the second highest total “ever”, going back to 1895. I also ran November through October and November 2010 through October 2011 was the lowest rainfall total “ever”, back to 1895. So, Texas has recovered nicely from the severe drought of 2011 continues to flip flop back and forth between severe drought and severe flooding as has likely been happening in this area for a very long time, probably thousands of years at least.

  4. April 29, 2016 12:45 am

    I lived in Southern California in one of the foothill communities (I could bike to JPL) from 1960 to 1972, and then from 1976 to 1995. Drought and then floods. I can remember tremendous flows of water in the storm-control channels that had been preceded by months and months of drought. And I remember sand-bagging my parent’s property during wet spells. Reservoirs fill to the brim; and you never hear anything. And then it stops raining – it stops raining for a couple of years and the reservoirs empty and the doom-sayers show up. Sigh.

    • markl permalink
      April 29, 2016 2:26 am

      gregole commented: “..I lived in Southern California in one of the foothill communities (I could bike to JPL) …. I can remember tremendous flows of water in the storm-control channels that had been preceded by months and months of drought….”

      Devils Gate Dam? I lived on the ridge overlooking the Arroyo Seco.

      • April 29, 2016 3:17 am

        OMG I can see your house in my minds eye – what; Flintridge or South Pasadena…

        Memories! I went to Crescenta Valley High School and we would do an out of league cross-country running competition with La Canada High. I used to run, hike and bike in the Arroyo Seco.

      • markl permalink
        April 29, 2016 3:23 am

        gregole commented : “… what; Flintridge or South Pasadena…”

        Altadena, the Meadows. 62 – 70 Graduated ’63 from Culver City High and commuted that last year.

  5. April 29, 2016 4:10 am

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections and commented:
    Personal observation this week: Lake Shasta is looking great.

  6. Dorian permalink
    April 29, 2016 10:44 am

    So, if this rainfall, or delude continues, will this mean in about 5 or so years, when we look about with the rainfall charts, that it will show there was no real drought after all and that the mean precipitation for the last say 20 years (viewed from 2020) was natural? Thus stating that this drought, or global warming hysteria of the last several years (that is from 2016 and back) was all for nought?

    This is another prefect example how you should never look at any climate chart of the last decade and assume RIDICULOUS conclusions like droughts and global warming, until you had enough time lapsed to put “the period of interest (TPI)” in proper statistical perspective with pre-TPI and post-TPI data!!

    Which ONCE AGAIN I SHOUT/YELL/PROCLAIM, that any scientist idiot, who uses data to make STUPID/ASININE statements about climate during short period of 10 or 20 or 30 or 40 or 50 or 100 years, and especially about sub-periods at the end of data periods, belongs not in a laboratory or university but an insane asylum!

    Science is filled today with so many idiots.

    • Dorian permalink
      April 29, 2016 11:01 am

      I need to vent one more thing:

      I have stated several times in the past, and have been mocked readily by so many so called scientist idiots, that to really understand what climate process/trend we are really in, we can only do this with LOTS of data. By that I mean, to really understand what has been happening in the last 100 years of our present past, we can only come minutely close to understanding, or just appreciate the POSSIBILITY of what may be happening right now, is to take the last century of data, and put into perspective with data of the NEXT SEVERAL HUNDRED YEARS. Thus we get to my MAJOR POINT, we need another 1,000 years of data before we will conclude if we are in a global warming or cooling or ANYTHING process.

      Imagine if we were in the middle of the past LIA or the MWP right now, and all those present climate scientists were allowed to crow like the do right now, and that the politicians listened to them? What would we be doing right now in our economies? If this was the middle of the LIA, governments would be subsidizing massive coal mining, if it were the in WMP would get the ridiculous plans coming from the LUNATIC LEFT to drag icebergs down south from the Arctic. When all in a few short years, namely several decades, everything starts to reverse, that is, climate wise!

      In short, Climate Science IS A WASTE OF TIME! It takes to too long to really determine what is happening on this Earth.


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