Guest commentary: Restore the Delta responds to Secretary Laird’s speech

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Secretary Laird’s truths are more truthiness, says Tim Stroshane, water policy analyst for Restore the Delta Commentary written by Tim Stroshane, Restore the Delta On behalf of Restore the Delta, we appreciate the opportunity from Maven’s Notebook to rebut State Natural Resources Secretary John Laird’s remarks on April 28. The Secretary aims to debunk myths while aiming to describe hard, […]

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CA Weather Blog: Unsettled weather across California through this weekend, with thunderstorms possible at times

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From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: “While much of coastal California has seen quiescent weather in recent days, interior parts of the state have actually been experiencing rather active conditions. Widespread thunderstorms over mountain areas–including the Sierra Nevada, Coast Ranges, and the mountains of Southern California–have brought a remarkably wide variety of conditions over the past 10 days. Somewhat […]

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California Weather Blog: Drought update; April showers in NorCal; and La Niña Looms

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How did California fare during 2015-2016 winter? plus April showers in NorCal on Friday; more widespread next week From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: With the formerly powerful El Niño event now fading in the tropical Pacific and most of California’s traditional rainy season now behind us, it’s a good time to consider the modest drought relief that […]

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California Weather Blog: After burst of early-season heat, a sudden shift to active weather across California

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From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: Essentially all of California received an early taste of summer-like temperatures this week. A very strong ridge of high pressure aligned with the West Coast brought very warm to hot conditions to a wide region–and and a number of temperature records were set on Wednesday from Southern California all the way north […]

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Guest commentary: California Water Commission Regulations on New Water Storage: A Fair and Equitable Review Process?

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How Can Applicants Maximize Their Demonstrated Public Benefits? Guest commentary by Robert Shibatani California voters passed Proposition 1, the Water Bond (Assembly Bill 1471), on November 4, 2014. The measure enacts the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. Proposition 1 (Prop. 1) dedicated $2.7 billion for investment in derived public benefits related to the development of new […]

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California Weather Blog: Wild weather weekend ahead sets stage for an active March to come

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Rapid transition from record warmth & dryness to very wet pattern From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: February was an extremely warm month (once again!) across the entire state of California, with a seemingly endless list of temperature records being broken on a daily basis. February was also quite a dry month across the state, with essentially the […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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