Is Our Dry Spell Over?

Russ Steele

According to NASA’s Jason-2 satellite the La Niña that gave us a dry winter in California is coming to an end. This has been a historically dry winter, may be even dry enough  to land a spot as one of the top ten driest in a long time. While there is a historic delay between a switch from a La Niña modes to El Niño mode, it appears that we are going get at least a week of wet weather in the County and snow in the Sierra.

Looking at the historical record at Lake Spaulding I found eight years with over 100 inches of snow fall in March. The record was 172 inches in 1907.  A little close in time was the a103 inches in 1995. Nevada City was blanked with 36 inches in March of 2005, the Spaulding record only goes to 2003.

A March Miracle is not out of the question, it is just not a real high probability.

You can check out the Unisys precipitation model HERE.  Starting Monday, we can expect a week of wet weather. Will it continue? Stay Tuned.


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.

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