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California’s Massive Snowpack Will Lead to Historic Floods and More Climate Crisis Hand-Wringing

California’s Massive Snowpack Will Lead to Historic Floods and More Climate Crisis Hand-Wringing

The root causes of the upcoming floods likely more attributable to lack of water infrastructure and a highly active Sun.

California has been enjoying a historic level of rains and snowfall, leading to the drought declaration being dropped for most of the state.

As we are in the midst of spring, of course, the snowpack is melting….and this has consequences.

California’s snowpack is officially the greatest on record statewide, according to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), but they warn of the equally impressive record snowmelt forecasted.

“This year’s April one, snow result from our automated snow sensor network is actually greater than any other year that we have recorded since the snow sensor network was deployed roughly in the mid-1980s,” Sean de Guzman, manager of the California Snow Surveys and Water Supply Forecasting unit for DWR said at a press conference.

“It’s looking like this year’s statewide snowpack will probably most likely be either the first or second-biggest snowpack on record dating back to 1950,” he continued.

The floods will be used by the media to drive the “climate crisis” narrative. The press is already gearing up for these stories.

Climate scientists warn that what Californians have lived through in recent months — atmospheric river after atmospheric river, catastrophic flooding, and one of the largest winter snowpack in years — is just a preview of what’s to come, with exponentially worse flooding predicted in future years. When atmospheric rivers reach land, they act like a hose dumping heavy moisture on the land, which can cause issues like flooding, landslides and power outages.

“As disruptive as this year’s events have been, we’re nowhere near to a plausible worst-case storm and flood scenario for California,” said UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain.

…Swain is unequivocal about the links between a warming climate due to the burning of fossil fuels and the significant increase in extreme flooding. A 2022 study Swain co-authored found that the warming climate has already doubled the probability of a megaflood caused by a string of extreme atmospheric rivers.

The above analysis assumes that warmer temperatures and enhanced moisture are bad. I must disagree, especially in a state that is an important player in American agriculture.

A failing infrastructure will contribute to California’s upcoming flooding woes. For example, residents are beginning to discover the levees and other flood protections haven’t been properly maintained. No thought has been given to addressing what happens when the region experiences a cyclic heavy rain/snow season.

Speaking to The Washington Post after the meeting, [almond farmer Jeff] Noorigian and a few others expressed frustration over how board leadership has been reactive during the drought years and woefully mismanaged their “deteriorating system” compared with neighboring districts.

These men, who belong to generational farming families, said they know the land and what happens when it floods. If the water runs into an “uncontrolled ditch, then our system is uncontrolled,” Noorigian explained. At the same time, they say the district is missing out on a huge opportunity to repair the over-pumped ground by letting precious water rush toward already flooded communities farther downstream instead of funneling it from the swollen river to store and put it back into the fields, orchards and ponds.

“We could be proactive and aggressive with recharging our aquifer,” Noorigian said. “Instead, we are doing nothing.”

The lack of attention to California’s water infrastructure has spanned decades. The state hadn’t built significant water infrastructure since 1977 when the state had 17.6 million fewer residents.

Five years ago, Jerry Brown announced the official end of a grueling six-year drought. Other than passing resolutions to “make conservation a way of life,” the former governor didn’t do much to improve the situation. After rains resumed, interest waned in fixing our water supply issues.

These days, the Newsom administration and Legislature have done little more than engage in water shaming. They want to badger us into using less water, as the state imposes tougher water-use standards on water districts and some districts (especially in the Bay Area) embrace water rationing.

In 2017, I covered a spillway failure at the Oroville Dam that led to an evacuation. I sure hope the dam has been properly repaired and maintained since then.

Furthermore, I doubt that a trace gas has greatly altered the California rain/drought cycle. On the other hand, enhanced solar activity might be playing a more robust role than appreciated.

We’re close to the next solar maximum, predicted to begin in 2025.

The solar maximum represents a peak in solar activity when the Sun’s magnetic field reaches its strongest and most disordered and dynamic point.

This increased solar activity can cause extreme space weather events, including solar flares and eruptions. It can also disrupt radio communications and the power grid and have serious health consequences for astronauts.

The California budget is now in deficit. The state has missed its opportunity to address water infrastructure properly. Anyone who lives in areas with a heavy snowpack would do well to prepare accordingly.


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Randy Newman Louisiana 1927

Largest flood in US history

    “It’s permanent drought because of global warming!”

    “It’s a permanena flood because of global warming!:

    This is why the left has destroyed history teaching in our schools – so everything normal is a catastrophe they can exploit. Plentiful water is bad news to the left.

    We live in geological time: a hundred years is a fraction of a second to our planet, which is 4.3 billion years old. (Which, believe it or not, is older than Feinstein, McConnell and Biden combined.)

      John Sullivan in reply to | April 28, 2023 at 4:30 pm

      I echo your comments. I am no scientist, but rather a lawyer who tries to rely on logic. Drought and flooding rains are diamterically opposite meteorological events. Logically, these opposite events should not both be deemed expected outcomes of the same long term condition. Reminds me of the scene in “The Terminator”, when the police psychologist dismisses Kyle Reese’s story about his and the Terminator’s traveling back in time:

      “You see how clever his part is? How it doesn’t require a shred of proof? Most paranoid delusions are intricate, but this is brilliant!”

      Paranoia is an appropriate description.

        When Newsom talks about climate change he frames it in a secular-religious manner. It’s reminiscent of an Imam spouting “In sha’Allah.”

        As if he, Gavin Newsom, were a cleric speaking to the laity. He’s simply not responsible. Silicon Science-god simply willed it!

        Wildfire, drought and flood all magically happen. No one can call him out on it. political choices, cause and effect be damned.


        Watch this. It’s a real flood. Okay, its a tsunami surge. It starts subtly and ends in a true catastrophe. Epic catastrophe.

      alaskabob in reply to | April 28, 2023 at 5:03 pm

      Gov. Pat Brown had planned major flood control and water retention… all tossed for social programs since projections were for no water due to global…er… climate change. So California became a workers’ paradise with no future …. OK… since one party control. Better to rule in … well… you know where then serve all the people of California.

      henrybowman in reply to | April 28, 2023 at 10:01 pm

      In the computer trade, we called this AWAB (any way it can possibly work will be a bug to somebody).

      Over in Arizona, we got the exact same big snowpack up in Flag. But we realize we live in a desert, we’ve been running years of drought deficit, and this can make up for some of that. And we realize that the wet winter/spring is going to mean lush growth in the desert, followed by grossly increased wildfire activity in late summer. It’s the way the Earth works, folks. Prepare for it and use it to your advantage.

Global warming causes massive snowpacks. Who knew?

In addition to the flood of people leaving, there is now going to be a massive flood of water when this melts.

The following link offers a lot of raw data, projections and graphs related to California primary – secondary rivers. Just click and select stuff!

The two small rivers in my town – drain out of the Sierra/Cascade Feather River watershed; the water is crystal clear and the flow has slackened over the past week and a half.

The overflow channel water has stopped flowing – only puddles in the creek bottom remain.

The Oroville dam spillway was supposedly fixed more than two years ago. The original spillway was damaged by managerial incompetence – not “uncontrolled” water flow.

The Gov called out the California National Guard – I watched them as they left the armory – the Guard weren’t leaving as much as sitting in place due to the thousands of car-borne refugees flooding surface streets and highways leading OUT of Oroville to points upriver -north northwest. The whole military convoy stuck in traffic.

E Howard Hunt | April 28, 2023 at 3:41 pm

Another root cause problem? Better call Kamala during this passage of time that extended from the past to this moment and into the future and beyond.

Massive snowpack? How? I thought the world was burning up? /s

They have the ability to pump water out of the deep aquifers during drought periods but they don’t have a way to reverse engineer the system, to inject water back into the same aquifers during a period of excess water. Instead it just drains back into the ocean.
Somebody a lot closer to the problem than me has to ask why they never had a plan to do it.

    Ironclaw in reply to buck61. | April 28, 2023 at 7:13 pm

    They used to have these things called flood control reservoirs if they would use to store that excess water up for later when it was needed.

Yes, AGW and Climate alarmists insisted that rising CO2 would reduce snowfall … so much that we already were not supposed to see snow in places like the UK. Yet, more than half a dozen of the snowiest northern hemisphere winters in the last 50 to 60 years have occurred since 2008.

In fact, in 2008, Russia experienced the worst winter in 100 years. In 2012, Moscow endured an even harsher winter. And all of that occurred as CO2 levels, supposedly the cause of all this, continued to climb and climb.

Clearly, woke experts are nothing but tools for leftist propaganda that has nothing to do with the actual climate … what it is now or will be. As dishonest and harmful as they’ve been, they need to be put in jail.

    “…. nothing to do with the actual climate …” and everything to do with money. The estimated cost of the Inflation Reduction Act was reported on Fox today as having gone from under $400B to about $1T, due to a revision of the Climate Change costs it seems.

    Paula in reply to BeAChooser. | April 29, 2023 at 9:41 am

    You’re right on the money. Again.

I’ve lived in Commiefornia for 8 years (mainly for job and parents otherwise I wouldn’t have ever come here).

The beginning of this year was far and away the most amount of rain I’ve ever experienced by a long shot.

Looking at the statistics, since 2005 (when they had a few years with high rain looks like), this is already the 2nd most amount of YEARLY rainfall that we have had. And it’s only 4 months into the year.

So yeah, I can absolutely believe there’s massive snowpack.

Subotai Bahadur | April 28, 2023 at 7:32 pm

Just in passing, given the contempt the California has for the rest of us; why should I care what happens within say 150 miles of the coast there?

Subotai Bahadur

    CommoChief in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | April 29, 2023 at 10:03 am

    Not only that. IMO, the utter disdain for applying common sense re water is just breathtaking. Store the water and solve or mitigate the problem of drought cycles followed by shorter very wet cycles. Same for their policies on a host of issues.

    All are ideological fantasy v being grounded in reality. Sooner or later the folks will understand but I believe they are past the point of no return. There is a need to allow the foolish to suffer the consequences of their own folly so that post collapse the lessons are learned again. At least until great abundance is achieved once more and the ideologues take over in the eventual time of plenty driving the State into another collapse by repeating the folly of the past.

California has a natural, cyclical drought-drench climate. This is shown in records going back about 120 years, along with the Great Flood of 1862, during which Leland Stanford had to row a boat to the state capitol to be sworn in as governor. The city, then a small town, was raised 6 or 7 feet afterwards.

    BeAChooser in reply to RandomCrank. | April 29, 2023 at 12:45 am

    “California has a natural, cyclical drought-drench climate.”

    True. About every 10 years in Northern California they get heavy rains.

      CDR D in reply to BeAChooser. | April 29, 2023 at 11:04 am

      “During the dry years, the people forgot about the rich years, and when the wet years returned, they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.” ― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

        BeAChooser in reply to CDR D. | April 29, 2023 at 2:28 pm

        That should have been the job of government … to prepare for the dry years. But the leftists in California neither built the necessary infrastructure or maintained what previously was built. So now Californians will pay the price (except, likely, the leaders).

In Genesis starting with chapter 41, we read how Joseph interpreted the pharaoh’s dream about seven fat years of plenty followed by seven lean years of famine and the planning that went into the nation’s survival. Anybody who thinks we’re somehow smarter than people were ~3700 years ago is foolish.

BierceAmbrose | April 29, 2023 at 3:52 pm

If only someone had noticed Cali’s drought / surplus cycle, n developed plans for managing water to make it accessible? Noticed that Cali’s spectacular central valley ag depends on irrigation. Considered how brush accumulation works during drought phases.

No worries, tho. They were all distracted wrangling that high speed rail project. How’s that going, BTW?

(Anybody want to tell them about the overdue fault line they’re living on?)