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Calif. May Not Want Drought Relief

Calif. May Not Want Drought Relief

Extinguishing a drought-caused fire in Keenbrook, Calif. last year. (Noah Berger/AP)

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 08:28 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Mark Twain is said to have observed, "If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes." But I see no reason not to extend coverage of the quote to California where Twain also lived.

Weather in California is a perennial source of hysteria in the news media, and the looming disaster warned of can change from five news cycles to the next.

I’ve personally spent a lot of time covering the drought that has afflicted California to a greater and lesser degree for the past few years.

You can see for yourself by clicking here, hereand here.

Now it appears California is in for some drought relief and not in a good way.

The Washington Post reports that in the five days since New Year’s Day the Squaw Valley ski resort, just north of Lake Tahoe and home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, piled up an incredible 83 inches of snow.

Some of the areas to the west of the valley totaled 10 inches in just 48 hours.

So hooray the drought is over?! Not so fast. Now weather Cassandras are worried about flooding due to the arrival of the "Pineapple Express." No doubt you are confused and wondering what possible effect the replay of a lame movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco could have on weather conditions in California.

The movie won’t have any effect, although watching it could trap you indoors when the flood hits.

The dangerous pineapple express is "a meteorological phenomenon that brings an atmospheric river of warm moisture north from the tropics." This rain is bad because the new warm rain may land on the old cold rain stored in the form of snow and melt it, causing the whole kit and caboodle to come hurtling down the mountain and flood areas below the Sierra Nevadas.

Or, the rain could encounter colder temperatures in the higher elevations and turn into more snow. As usual with the weather — in spite of what Al Gore claims —  it’s a crapshoot.

The good news comes from Frank Gehrke, the chief snow surveyor for the California Department of Water Resources, who said, "This series of storms that we’re experiencing . . . are certainly going to have an impact on water supply, but we’ve got to wait and see how things settle out. The ongoing concern is how warm or cold any particular event is.

"Warm can bring flooding, and a cold event can build the snowpack. That’s one thing we’re monitoring closely."

Like I said, a crapshoot.

Let’s hope the pineapple express just adds to the snow-pack, without causing avalanches — another warning received recently — and melts this spring at a dignified pace and brings drought relief to California, without washing most of it away.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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