More Sierra Business Council Horse-puckey

Russ Steele

Here is a quote from an article in the Union on Saving the Sierra

“Regardless of the argument over the cause of climate change, the fact remains that this region is seeing significantly lower precipitation levels, (and) high temperatures, which puts the land at greater risk or wild fire and insect infestation,” Frisch said. “The future of this region will depend on how it adapts to climate change.”

I would like Steven Frisch prove these claims. Here are the temperatures at the  Truckee Ranger Station near where Steven lives.

As you can see the temperatures have been relatively flat from 1949 t0 2002 and from 1998 to 2008. More analysis can be found HERE.

Here are the temperatures at Lake Tahoe, just over the hill from Truckee

 Yes the average temperatures have gone up, mainly the night time temperatures, when the condo unit shown in this over head view added the large tennis court next to the surface station in about 1980. [Anthony Surface Station Project]

Here is the famous view of the trash burning barrel, a parked vehicle and the green tennis courts in the back ground

The green painted concrete collect heat during the day and give it back up at night. More pictures of the station can be found HERE.

I also looked the temperatures in Nevada City, where there was also a night time temperature increase until the surface station was moved from the sewer plant to the water plant. The full analysis can be found HERE.

There has not been any significant warming in the Sierra and the Lake Tahoe precipitation has actually increased.

As for any decline in snow fall, Dr John Christy did this analysis in the Southern Sierra from 1916 to 2009.:

Dr Christy’s abstract:

A time series (1916–2009) of annual snowfall totals for Huntington Lake (HL, elev.2141 m) in the southern Sierra Nevada of California is reconstructed. A reconstruction is (a) necessary because HL data after 1972 are mostly missing and (b) possible because nearby stations reveal high correlations with HL, two above 0.90. The results show mean annual snowfall in HL is 624 cm with an insignificant trend of +0.5 cm (+0.08%) ±13.1 cm decade−1. Similar positive but insignificant trends for spring snowfall were also calculated. Annual stream flow and precipitation trends for the region again were insignificantly positive for the same period. Snow-water-equivalent comparisons, measured on 1 Apr since 1930 at 26 sites and since 1950 at 45, show similar small, mostly positive, and insignificant trends. These results combined with published temperature time series, which also reveal no significant trends, form a consistent picture of no remarkable long-term changes in the snowfall of this area and elevation of the southern Sierra Nevada of California since the early 20th century.

I cannot find any significant drop in precipitation or rising temperatures that cannot be explained. Perhaps Steven Frisch can provide us his data and analysis.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

5 Responses to More Sierra Business Council Horse-puckey

  1. Bob White says:

    When it comes to a person’s income which they have no ability to generate legitimately, fraud and deceit are the order of the day. It just so happens that their inability at legitimate self sufficiency is at least partially a result of these same tactics. Pathetic isn’t it?

  2. gjrebane says:

    Well said BobW. We anxiously await supporting data from Mr Frisch, data that may settle the entire matter.

  3. I think hell will freeze over George.

    Russ, O really appreciate your facts. The left is toast.

  4. Barry Pruett says:

    Saul Alinsky – tell a lie enough times it becomes true.

  5. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    The point is he can say and never gets called on it, the responce nobody hears unless the paper would allow another article – maybe?

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