Insider Pro Update
Drought update & the outlook: Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
Exceptional drought conditions take over parts of Colorado and Kansas this week as the total drought area continues to increase. The favored precipitation areas in the next two weeks, and for the month, will be the northern high plains. I discussed the July outlook in depth in a previous post linked here . Unlike in the last drought update, the evaporative s
Western Update
Heavy Rain and Snow in Forecast for West Coast as Ridge Eases
As we've discussed for some time now, the western ridge will finally begin to break down this weekend and allow for a much stormier weather pattern to set up across the west. Take a look at the 500mb pattern across the United States today: Compared with early next week: Quite an impressive flip, and one we've been waiting for for some time. What this will equate to is a period of very wet weather across California and the Pacific Northwest. And, unlike some of the more active periods earl
Northern California Soaker, but a Drought Buster?
There's some relief across northern California this weekend even as drought conditions continue to worsen over much of the state. The "Pineapple Express" is delivering a wallop of moisture not seen in months across northern and central California. At lower elevations this precipitation is taking the form of soaking rains, while at higher elevations in the Sierra's we're seeing the first real taste of winter for the year. Drought Buster? Is this a drought buster? Maybe not, but it sure won't h
California Drought
California Drought
I touched on it briefly in this week's State of the Atmosphere, but wanted to take a closer look today at the ever worsening drought conditions across California and portions of Oregon. San Francisco San Francisco recorded an all time record dry year in 2013. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), San Francisco recorded less than half the rainfall of Phoenix in 2013. In a given year the city usually receives about 10 to 35 inches of precipitation, in 2013 that number was just 3.39 inc
California Drought
Much Needed Rain and Snow For California
Some relief on the way for portions of state hit hard by drought Drought Monitor CaliforniaThis week the U.S. Drought Monitor release updated numbers for California, and they were not good. As of February 4, 2014, 67% of the state was classified as experiencing Extreme Drought, with 9.81% experiencing Exceptional Drought, the most extreme rating that the Monitor offers. Just two short months ago those numbers were dramatically different. On December 3, 2013 0% of the state was classified as und