Monday ends the 2013-2014 rainfall season for California. Maybe I should say the lack of rainfall season. That would be a lot more accurate. This third straight below-normal rainfall season just put the final defining stamp on what has become a nearly statewide exceptional drought. Here is the pecentage of normal rain for the last 12 months.
You may have heard that we are going into an El Nino now and this has lifted the hopes from farmer to water management personnel that the coming winter will be a lot kinder to the state than the last three. But there are still a lot of questions about what this will mean for next winter. Due to some recent events there is at least some concern amongst climatologist of how strong an El Nino will be coming 4 to 6 months from now and what kind of impact this will have. I think by late summer we should know a lot more and have a better confidence in what could be in store. In the meantime conserve what water we have now and cross your fingers for a good rainfall season of 2014-2015.
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As of the end of June there had been no named storms in the Eastern Pacific basin.
This is some serious and dangerous heat. Outdoor activity is just not at all recommended during the daytime.
A strong ridge of high pressure in the West brings the highest heat of the season so far to a large area.
Combine the cold with the wind and some precipitation and there is a real danger of hypothermia.
Any shower and thunderstorm can contain heavy downpours, heavy enough to cause temporary, low-lying ponding.
According to all long-range models, the warmest area in North America compared to average will be over the Northwest.