Raining, AGAIN, in San Jose, in May, In A Drought

Just a quick note that I abandoned working in the garden about noon-thirty today as once again it began to rain here. (A good, if odd, thing).

Prior event: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/raining-in-san-jose-in-the-drought/

From Wunderground almanac for today is an interesting entry:

http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/KSJC/2015/5/14/DailyHistory.html?req_city=San%20Jose&req_state=CA&reqdb.zip=95101&reqdb.magic=1&reqdb.wmo=99999

	        Actual	Average	Record 
Precipitation	0.00 in	0.01 in	0.66 in (1894)
Month to date precipitation		0.27	 
Year to date precipitation		9.68	 
Since 1 July precipitation		14.69	 

What I find intriguing is that 1894 ( or two 60 year PDO cycles ago) number of 2/3 inch. That must have been an interesting event…

Maybe we can get a nice gully washer “Miracle May” after all ;-)

Though we are “pikers” compared to San Diego that looks like it is set to have another of those “Flooding Droughts” like we saw happening north of Dallas Texas.

http://alerts.weather.gov/cap/ca.php?x=1

Flash Flood Watch
Issued: May 14 at 12:58PM PDT
Expiring: May 15 at 11:00PM PDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Riverside County Mountains; San Bernardino County Mountains; San Diego County Mountains; San Diego County Valleys; Santa Ana Mountains and Foothills

Up in the Sierra Nevada mountains they have a Winter Storm Advisory and are expecting a few inches up to a foot of snow in places:

Winter Weather Advisory
Issued: May 14 at 12:56PM PDT
Expiring: May 15 at 5:00PM PDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Riverside County Mountains; San Bernardino County Mountains

Winter Storm Warning
Issued: May 14 at 12:47PM PDT
Expiring: May 15 at 5:00AM PDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon

Winter Weather Advisory
Issued: May 14 at 12:47PM PDT
Expiring: May 15 at 5:00AM PDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Tulare County Mountains

Winter Weather Advisory
Issued: May 14 at 12:47PM PDT
Expiring: May 15 at 11:00AM PDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Kern County Mountains

Winter Weather Advisory
Issued: May 14 at 11:36AM PDT
Expiring: May 15 at 11:00AM PDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Eastern Sierra Slopes of Inyo County

Ah, the joys of these Spring Winter Storms in our Flood Drought here in Cold Warmest Evaaa California…

I note in passing that about another ½ 60 year PDO cycle prior to 1894 is The Great Flood of California:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Flood_of_1862

The Great Flood of 1862 was the largest flood in the recorded history of Oregon, Nevada, and California, occurring from December 1861 to January 1862. It was preceded by weeks of continuous rains (or snows in the very high elevations) that began in Oregon in November 1861 and continued into January 1862. This was followed by a record amount of rain from January 9–12, and contributed to a flood which extended from the Columbia River southward in western Oregon, and through California to San Diego, and extended as far inland as Idaho in the Washington Territory, Nevada and Utah in the Utah Territory, and Arizona in the western New Mexico Territory.

The event was climaxed by a warmer, more intense storm with much more rain that was much more serious, due to the earlier large accumulation of snow, now melted by the large turbulent heat fluxes into the snow over the lower elevations of the mountains. Throughout the affected area, all the streams and rivers rose to great heights, flooded the valleys, inundated or swept away towns, mills, dams, flumes, houses, fences, and domestic animals, and ruined fields. An early estimate of property damage was $10,000,000. However, later it was estimated that approximately one-quarter of the taxable real estate in the state of California was destroyed in the flood. Dependent on property taxes, the State of California went bankrupt. The governor, state legislature, and state employees were not paid for a year and a half. 200,000 cattle drowned, and the state’s economy shifted from ranching to farming.

Gee, a bankrupt State Of California… the more things change, the more they stay the same. Wonder if this PDO cycle will be different? I’m also sure that IF it did rain in a massive flood event, it would be blamed on us and cars, and not a regular cyclical event..

For now, I’m going to Starbucks and get some hot coffee… it too cold and dank for the garden right now…

Oh, and just to document it, they are having more of those “Flood Droughts” in Texas now too:

Prior link: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/another-flooding-drought-the-broken-palmer-index/

http://alerts.weather.gov/cap/tx.php?x=1

Texas

Watches, Warnings or Advisories for
Texas
This page shows alerts
currently in effect for Texas and is normally updated every two-three minutes. Please see here for other state and listing by county.

Last updated: 15:25 CDT on 05-14-2015

Flood Advisory
Issued: May 14 at 3:25PM CDT
Expiring: May 15 at 8:00PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Montgomery

Flood Advisory
Issued: May 14 at 3:25PM CDT
Expiring: May 17 at 9:00AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Grimes

Flood Advisory
Issued: May 14 at 3:25PM CDT
Expiring: May 18 at 1:00PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Walker

Flood Advisory
Issued: May 14 at 3:25PM CDT
Expiring: May 19 at 7:00PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Brazos

Special Weather Statement
Issued: May 14 at 3:23PM CDT
Expiring: May 15 at 7:00AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Leon

Special Weather Statement
Issued: May 14 at 3:22PM CDT
Expiring: May 15 at 7:00AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Houston; Madison; Montgomery; Trinity; Walker

Flash Flood Watch
Issued: May 14 at 3:18PM CDT
Expiring: May 15 at 7:00AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Coke; Crockett; Fisher; Irion; Kimble; Nolan; Schleicher; Sterling; Sutton; Tom Green

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
Issued: May 14 at 3:15PM CDT
Expiring: May 14 at 3:45PM CDT Urgency: Immediate
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Grimes; Madison; Walker

Special Weather Statement
Issued: May 14 at 3:14PM CDT
Expiring: May 15 at 7:00AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Milam; Robertson

Special Weather Statement
Issued: May 14 at 3:11PM CDT
Expiring: May 15 at 7:00AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Grimes

Flash Flood Watch
Issued: May 14 at 3:06PM CDT
Expiring: May 15 at 7:00AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Bandera; Dimmit; Edwards; Kerr; Kinney; Maverick; Real; Uvalde; Val Verde; Zavala

Flood Advisory
Issued: May 14 at 3:00PM CDT
Expiring: May 14 at 3:45PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Harris; Waller

Flood Advisory
Issued: May 14 at 3:00PM CDT
Expiring: May 17 at 7:00AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Fort Bend

Flood Advisory
Issued: May 14 at 3:00PM CDT
Expiring: May 18 at 1:00PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Austin

Special Weather Statement
Issued: May 14 at 2:54PM CDT
Expiring: May 15 at 7:00AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Henderson; Navarro

Flash Flood Watch
Issued: May 14 at 2:35PM CDT
Expiring: May 15 at 7:00AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Borden; Crane; Dawson; Ector; Glasscock; Howard; Martin; Midland; Mitchell; Pecos; Reagan; Scurry; Terrell; Upton

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 2:31PM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Nueces

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 2:31PM CDT
Expiring: May 18 at 1:00PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Jim Wells

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 2:24PM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Cooke

Special Weather Statement
Issued: May 14 at 2:24PM CDT
Expiring: May 15 at 7:00AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Brazos; Burleson; Washington

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 1:18PM CDT
Expiring: May 16 at 9:00PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Cass; Marion

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 1:17PM CDT
Expiring: May 19 at 11:47AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Bowie; Cass; Morris

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 1:16PM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Panola; Shelby

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 1:16PM CDT
Expiring: May 16 at 8:48PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Smith; Wood

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 1:16PM CDT
Expiring: May 17 at 9:00AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Gregg; Harrison; Panola; Rusk

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 1:14PM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Anderson; Cherokee; Houston; Trinity

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 1:14PM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Angelina; Houston; Polk; Trinity; Tyler

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 1:14PM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Anderson; Cherokee; Houston

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 1:14PM CDT
Expiring: May 18 at 1:00PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Angelina; Jasper; Polk; Tyler

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 1:08PM CDT
Expiring: May 15 at 8:00PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Cass; Harrison; Marion

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 1:06PM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Angelina; Cherokee; Nacogdoches

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 1:04PM CDT
Expiring: May 19 at 7:00PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Bowie; Red River

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 11:46AM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Chambers; Liberty

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 11:46AM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Chambers; Liberty

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 11:46AM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Trinity; Walker

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 11:46AM CDT
Expiring: May 15 at 4:00PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Harris; Montgomery

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 11:46AM CDT
Expiring: May 15 at 4:59PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Liberty; Polk

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 11:46AM CDT
Expiring: May 16 at 10:00PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Burleson; Lee

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 11:46AM CDT
Expiring: May 17 at 2:00PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Harris; Montgomery

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 11:46AM CDT
Expiring: May 18 at 10:00AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Brazos; Grimes; Madison

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 11:25AM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Jasper; Tyler

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 10:43AM CDT
Expiring: May 17 at 7:00AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Denton

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 10:32AM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Anderson; Freestone; Leon

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 10:32AM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Dallas

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 10:32AM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Henderson; Navarro

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 10:32AM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Dallas

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 10:32AM CDT
Expiring: May 15 at 5:30AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Collin

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 10:32AM CDT
Expiring: May 16 at 7:51AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Wise

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 10:17AM CDT
Expiring: May 17 at 5:00AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Nueces

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 10:13AM CDT
Expiring: May 15 at 12:32PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Bee

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 10:13AM CDT
Expiring: May 17 at 1:43AM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Live Oak

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 10:13AM CDT
Expiring: May 17 at 3:47PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Live Oak

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 10:04AM CDT
Expiring: May 17 at 4:00PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Leon; Robertson

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 2:30AM CDT
Expiring: until further notice Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Nueces

Flood Warning
Issued: May 14 at 2:30AM CDT
Expiring: May 18 at 1:00PM CDT Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Jim Wells

If these droughts get any worse, I’m gonna need me a bigger boat…

/sarc>;

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15 Responses to Raining, AGAIN, in San Jose, in May, In A Drought

  1. omanuel says:

    Welcome to “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” where up is down, hot is cold, and drought is rain!

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    Good one, OManuel!

  3. Larry Ledwick says:

    Pretty much the same here, very wet and cool spring right now.
    More rain coming this next week with snow for the mountains again.

    http://www.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=bou
    [TEMPERATURE DATA]                 [PRECIPITATION DATA]       
    AVERAGE MONTHLY: 51.3    TOTAL FOR MONTH:   2.39
    DPTR FM NORMAL:  -2.6       DPTR FM NORMAL:    +1.53 
    
    East slope is already above typical snow pack for this time of year, not so much for the western slope.
    
    www.thorntonweather.com/snow-basins.php
    S N O W  -  P R E C I P I T A T I O N    U P D A T E
     
                  Based on Mountain Data from NRCS SNOTEL Sites
                        As of THURSDAY: MAY 14 , 2015
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    STATE                                                      PERCENT OF Normal
      RIVER BASIN                                     Number   Snow Water  Accum
                                                                  of Sites  Equivalent  Precip
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SOUTH PLATTE RIVER BASIN ..................... 16 of 22     109       107 
    ARKANSAS RIVER BASIN ..............................  7 of  9      111       100
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  5. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    afraid I haven’t worked out where to put tips like this so – –

    For your GMO file

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2015/05/organic-is-the-27.html

    and link

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Thanks, I’ll take a look.

    Per “tips”, they had been as “pages” up top and there is still a “tips” entry there. But WordPress stopped showing pages comments in the new comments roll (at the right) and that made it less useful. So now I make a “tips” posting every couple of months (or when it fills up). See the “tips” category at the right for the latest.

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/category/tips/

  7. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    OK Now I see.

    Thanks

  8. R. de Haan says:

    Joe Bastardi in his “Saterday Summery” of My 16th, makes quite some remarks about the Madness among our Media and the greater part of the meteorological all in support of the Climate Gangsters: http://www.weatherbell.com/saturday-summary-may-16-2015

  9. Power Grab says:

    Oklahoma saw stormy weather (thunderstorms with occasional twisters) May 16. That’s 40 years and 3 days since a similar day. That same year, exactly one month later, saw the most significant tornado in this writer’s locality, in this writer’s life. Makes one wonder what will be happening on June 16, 2015. Of course, it’s not exactly 2 complete solar cycles ago, but still… Told my kid that there must be something about getting old that makes one think they are seeing repeating patterns.

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    @Sabertoothed:

    A somewhat interesting article, but then he wanders off into FUDland with “running out!” fear for things like Uranium, where there is an infinite supply (functionally) as we can extract it from sea water right now at costs low enough to make cheap electricity (just not cheaper than land sources, yet…); and indulges in a good scare or two about thing like fluoridate water and “scarce” USA resources of oil “in case of a war”…

    Our own (USA) reserves and resources (resources are total practical and impractical oil) are a miniscule fraction of the World’s. If a major war should loom after our oil runs out we will be left high and dry, and maybe defeated.

    “Miniscule”? When we are the worlds largest producer and about to become an exporter? Ignoring trillions of bbl in shales and sands that are technically recoverable, just not at a decent price (yet) and ignoring that with nuclear process heat we can make all the oil and gas we want using anything from coal to trash and at prices not significantly different from the present?

    So yeah, interesting; but you need to take a bowl of salt with you and do a lot of wheat / chaff sorting…

    @R. de Haan:

    Yes, we are in another “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds” interval. At least Joe gets it…

    @Power Grab:

    Yup. Once you start seeing the movie re-run it’s hard to see how “this time it’s different!”… ;-)

    In stock trading the phrase “This time it is different!” is used as a “put down” of crazy ideas, because it is never different… even our last “financial crisis” in housing and banking was not but an echo of many times past:
    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/business-panic-of-33ad-things-never-change/

    Yes, 33 A.D. had a gigantic financial panic. It was “fixed” by flooding liquidity into the system from the “Bank of last resort” – The Emperor… Cause was similar too: Senate changing laws in stupid ways…

    Weather, wars, politics. It all keeps on echoing and rhyming…

  11. omanuel says:

    Abe Lincoln had blind faith in the unselfishness of a private group of “distinguished scholars” that he appointed in 1863 to advise the nation on matters of science and technology:

    http://www.nasonline.org/about-nas/mission/

    One hundred and fifty-two years later, skeptics of consensus science are beginning to doubt that the altruistic qualities of the NAS founders survived in their descendants.

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