El Niño remains among strongest ever recorded, but California impacts (so far) a bit different than anticipated

weather blog'

From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: The prospect of an El Niño event in the Pacific Ocean always generates quite a bit of interest in California. This attention largely stems from the fact that two of California’s wettest years on record—1982-1983 and 1997-1998—occurred during the strongest El Niño years in living memory. The popular perception that El Niño […]

» Read more

CA Weather Blog: Enhanced El Niño storm track has finally emerged; Active pattern likely throughout California next 2-3 months

weather blog

Notable “parade of storms” continues over Eastern Pacific; heavy rainfall & some flooding across Northern California From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: “Over the past two weeks, a series of strong and moist storm systems have brought wet and occasionally hazardous weather conditions to different parts of the state. Two major low-latitude storm systems affected Southern California during the […]

» Read more

Parade of East Pacific storms to affect all of California as subtropical jet strengthens

weather blog

Long-awaited pattern change finally at our doorstep From Daniel Swain at the California Weather blog: “A handful of modest weather systems have brought generally light precipitation and cold temperatures to parts of California over the past week or so, mostly in the north. While these systems did little to alleviate long-term water deficits, they did preferentially add some more water […]

» Read more

CA Weather Blog: Early season rains soak Northern California; statewide storms likely in January

CA Weather Blog

Modest drought relief in NorCal, but SoCal remains relatively dry; El Niño-enhanced storm track on horizon From the California Weather Blog: As highlighted in the last post, substantial and widespread precipitation has fallen in recent days across the northern half of California. Along the North Coast and in Mendocino County, this rainfall has actually set a number of daily precipitation record […]

» Read more

California Weather Blog: Substantial Northern California storms this week; El Niño-influenced pattern likely to emerge in December

Weather blog

From the California Weather Blog: September, October, and November were pretty dry months across most of California. Rain did fall in the north, and the Sierra Nevada did benefit from some relatively modest snows (technically putting us infinitely ahead of last year’s snow total to date of…essentially zero). The precipitation deficits accumulated this autumn add to an already tremendous multi-year precipitation […]

» Read more

California Weather Blog: Powerful El Nino likely to bring heavy precipitation—and possible flooding—to California over the next several months

El_nino_oblique_11-19 CWX blog

Very strong El Niño + record warm Pacific = wild California winter, predicts Daniel Swain From the California Weather Blog: “There continues to be much conversation surrounding the relative lack of major storms in California so far this autumn. Precipitation so far this season has been somewhat below average across the more populated coastal parts of the state, although very […]

» Read more

California Weather Blog: Dry start to autumn in California, but near-record strength El Niño still on track to bring a wet winter

weather blog

Very warm, mostly dry…except for some record-breaking localized downpours. And the drought goes on… It has certainly been a summer and early autumn for the record books all across California, but for very different reasons in different parts of the state. Record warmth has plagued nearly the entire state, while oppressive and truly uncharacteristic humidity rivaling that of South Florida […]

» Read more

CA Weather Blog: El Niño now among strongest in modern history; unusually warm and unsettled conditions persist in California

weather blog

From the California Weather Blog: “It has been a relentlessly warm year across essentially all of California. Not only is 2015 California’s warmest year on record to date (beating the previous record set all the way back in 2014), but the details of the persistently elevated temperatures have been particularly oppressive. Heatwaves have been a frequent occurrence throughout the state […]

» Read more

CA Weather Blog: Remarkable warm-season precipitation event headed for SoCal; Powerful El Niño right on track

CA Weather Blog slider

From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: “2015 has brought some of the strangest California warm season weather conditions in recent memory. A significant portion of this can be attributed to a combination of El Niño and more generalized (but even more extraordinary) warmth in North Pacific Ocean. Two major and extremely unusual warm season precipitation events–one in early July, […]

» Read more

Guest commentary: Reservoir Re-Operation – The Sleeping Giant in Water Supply Development

With heavy storms in the forecast, water is released from Folsom Dam as a precautionary measure in December of 2010.

The following commentary was written by Robert Shibatani: The current water shortage in California has generated broad discussion on a number of water topics. Many, if not most of these topics have focused on a variety of water supply solutions. None, however, are actually new. As is often the case during water short periods, the call for new supply development […]

» Read more
1 2 3 8