Rain Rain Go Away…

Rain 24 March 2011 SFO / SJC

Rain 24 March 2011 SFO / SJC

Even the radar isn’t getting very far in this deluge… I’m under the bright orange part …

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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14 Responses to Rain Rain Go Away…

  1. Level_Head says:

    Even the police are arraining criminals…

    I’m several hundred miles south of you — rain yesterday, but merely overcast at today.

    I remember when I first came to Southern California in the early 1980s — there were years when it was readily accepted that it did not rain between February and November. That cycle changed, changed back, and is changing again.

    Of course, our water infrastructure (using some of your water) is trying to support a population many millions larger than it was then, so even more rain is not sufficient.

    And every time the water issue is discussed, the Delta comes up — it “smelt bad.”

    ===|==============/ Level Head

  2. tckev says:

    Looks like you’ve caught the short straw with the weather. Hope you’ve got everything buckled down, cause that looks mean.

    So while your hole up and need something to read I’ve been amused/bemused by the entries in –

    http://www.phenomena.org.uk/page29/page36/page36.html

    Just a glance at the events of the decade 1706 to 1716 make me think of the Chinese insult of “may you live in interesting times”. Solar events, Japanese earthquakes, strange weather events and much more…

  3. vukcevic says:

    One of the most accurate rain records is collected by Oxford University (England). It shows clear 40 year repetition sequence.
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/ORR1.htm

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    @tckev:

    Very interesting link… There’s a lot more than just the Japan / Cacadia quakes and Fuji errupting then…

    This one:

    1719 April 6
    Atlantic Ocean
    Fall
    ‘Ferruginous rain’ for 9 hours

    Threw me for a while… had to look up “Ferruginous”. “Iron like, rusty”…

    Using 2020 as a “cycle middle” and stepping back in 179 year steps, that puts 1662 exactly on a cycle node, or 1700 is just 30 years after what ought to have been a ‘cool time node’… In terms of Bond Events, it’s not on the halfway point, but rather on the 3/4 point (or 6/8ths) modulo that “1/2 of a 60 year climate cycle”…

    I’m going to be on that page for “a while” mapping connections…

    If there is any truth to the thesis that volcanic events are cyclical and “all come together when the come”, and if 1700 is the model (i.e. the Japan Quake match) then Europe is in for a world of hurt given what else is on that list…

    1721 May 11
    Iceland
    Volcano
    Katla erupts. Glacier-burst. Ash fell over the whole of Iceland

    1737 May 14
    Italy
    Volcano
    Vesuvius erupts. Great explosion & lava flow 19th

    But I’m sure “This time is different”… /sarcoff>

  5. P.G. Sharrow says:

    This morning gale force winds ( 88mph) and heavy rain, damn.
    And I just felt an earthquake. Oh, yes and the power was off for a couple of hours for lunch. Jest way to much fun! pg

  6. Tim Clark says:

    Send some rain Kansas way, please. the world economy doesn’t need $15.00 wheat right now (even though I bet on it).

  7. Ian W says:

    Interesting the entry about Tenerife and waves : Tenerife volcano Garachio destroyed. Sea waves

    See

    “La Palma is currently the most volcanically active island in the Canary Islands Archipelago. It is likely that several eruptions would be required before failure would occur on Cumbre Vieja. However, the western half of the volcano has an approximate volume of 500 km3 (5 x 1011 m3) and an estimated mass of 1.5 x 1015 kg. If it were to catastrophically slide into the ocean, it could generate a wave with an initial height of about 1,000 metres (3,281 ft) at the island, and a likely height of around 50 metres (164 ft) at the Caribbean and the Eastern North American seaboard when it runs ashore eight or more hours later. Tens of millions of lives would be lost as New York, Boston, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Miami, Havana, and many other cities near the Atlantic coast are leveled. The likelihood of this happening is a matter of vigorous debate.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megatsunami#Canary_Islands

    and

    “Another global disaster is already in progress. Events are inexorably priming a tsunami that will kill a million people and devastate the south coast of Britain and the eastern seaboard of the United States. “It’s happening now and nothing can stop it,” says the London academic Professor Bill McGuire”

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article407717.ece

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the ocean…

  8. TGSG says:

    re: rain

    welcome to the Pacific Northwest, if only vicariously :)

  9. Jeff Alberts says:

    @TGSG

    Well, not really. Seattle gets less rain annually than Dallas…

  10. Level_Head says:

    I was intrigued while exploring a US temperate rain forest, receiving some 169 inches of rain (not snow) the year I visited it. It is a beautiful place … in Ketchikan, Alaska.

    ===|==============/ Level Head

  11. TGSG says:

    I live closer to PDX but still in Wa.

    top two hits on Bing

    Annual rainfall PDX 37.5 inches
    Dallas Tx 35.65

    but as I like to tell people, “it rains 363 days a year but the 5th of July is gorgeous ;)

  12. tckev says:

    @E.M.Smith
    I’m glad you find this as fascinating as I do. Considering the incomplete record keeping of that era I just think this compilation is such a good idea.

  13. dearieme says:

    Balmy day here at 52N; lashings of sunshine, clematis in full flower, ditto magnolias. Male students in shorts and sandals, girls in … well, enough of that. Unfortunately, tomorrow’s forecast is for drizzle.

  14. E.M.Smith says:

    @Ian W:

    Well, on the plus side, I’m not worried about sharks in the water any more ;-)

    @Jeff Alberts:

    Yes, but Dallas gets it all in just a few weeks… Those frog downing fish stranglers… Sometimes measured in feet of rain instead of inches… Where the PNW spreads it out over the whole year… drip .. drip… drip… dripp.. drip…

    @Level_Head:

    Ah, the joys of the Japan Current…

    @dearieme:

    Oh, do go on! ;-)

    So, the sun DOES still exist somewhere? Golly, who knew…

    The living room window briefly brightened, but by the time I got the front door open it was overcast again. (Or maybe the neighbor was just “foolin’ with me”…)

    Heard on the news that N.California was getting snow by the foot. They interviewed a guy “roadside” who said “Don’t come up here this weekend, Just stay home.” Given that the area LIVES on tourists and snow sports, that was quite a statement…

    As what they get travels over me first, I can say pretty clearly “it ain’t over”… (though slowing this afternoon… or mayb that ought to be ‘this “after fuzzy brighter dark clouds” time’… )

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