California Drought after Deluge #642

By: LowerCal , 10:09 PM GMT on April 07, 2015

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645. RobDaHood
1:32 AM GMT on February 26, 2017
Stopped by to grab a link to answer a question about tomorrow's southern hemisphere eclipse.
Thanks again!
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644. LowerCal
2:44 AM GMT on February 24, 2017
Quoting 643. RobDaHood:

Was watching video from San Jose last night. Sad to see.

Also wanted to thank you for posting the Rocket vids on Skye's blog.
Still amazing to watch.
Rob So many of the areas I toured the last two summers were brown and dead. Strange to see them now either bright green or covered with water or snow. Good news is that waters will be receding Saturday and rain Sunday and Monday will only be around .1".

I think I've watched those landing vids at least a dozen times now. :^)
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643. RobDaHood
11:55 PM GMT on February 23, 2017
Was watching video from San Jose last night. Sad to see.

Also wanted to thank you for posting the Rocket vids on Skye's blog.
Still amazing to watch.
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642. LowerCal
10:24 PM GMT on February 23, 2017


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641. LowerCal
8:23 PM GMT on February 22, 2017
640. LowerCal
6:52 AM GMT on February 20, 2017
Two dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs | 89.3 KPCC
(Below are excerpts. Click the above link for the complete article.)
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John France, vice president and technical expert on dams for the engineering consulting firm AECOM, said the problems at Oroville should raise alarms across the country.

"Most of the dams in the United States are over 50 years old, when we didn't understand floods as well as we do now. So we have a number of dams in the U.S. that have spillways that aren't large enough for the floods that they should be designed for," France said.

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At 340-foot high Folsom Dam, operated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the huge concrete-and-steel chute being constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers is expected to add as much as 40 percent capacity to the main spillway that controls water flowing from the reservoir behind it.

It's designed to allow safer releases during times of high water, precisely the challenge that led to fears of catastrophic flooding at Oroville.

Rick Poeppelman, chief of the Army Corps engineering division in the Sacramento district, said extensive data about probable maximum flood levels, not available decades ago, helped prompt the decision to build the auxiliary spillway at Folsom Dam.

When completed, the spillway can act like a second dam, allowing operators to release water through a series of gates and lower the reservoir level when a major storm is approaching. It includes a chute more than half a mile long. Another advantage: The new spillway gates will be 50 feet lower than those on the dam, allowing for earlier releases of water.

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During heavy storms in 1986, a temporary dam broke open, sending roaring waters downstream to Folsom Dam. In response, officials released more water from the dam than flood levees that guard Sacramento were designed to handle.

That time they held.

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639. LowerCal
10:49 PM GMT on February 19, 2017
Strong atmospheric river likely to bring widespread, perhaps severe flooding to Northern California on Monday : California Weather Blog
(Below are the section headings. Click the above link for the complete article text and graphics.)
Potentially dangerous flood event this week across wide swath of Northern California
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Slow-moving atmospheric river may stall near Bay Area, Sacramento regions
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Widespread flooding likely; severe stresses on California's water infrastructure
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638. LowerCal
6:55 AM GMT on February 19, 2017
Quoting 637. HadesGodWyvern:

hope the next system isn't the same situation for the west coast. Appears to be several lows in the eastern Pacific.
Thanks. So far models have been suggesting the precipitation would concentrate on the Feather River watershed but that should be OK. Lake Oroville is down from 100% capacity of 3,537,577 acre feet at 900 ft to 81% of capacity 2,855,437 acre feet at 853 ft. Redding: Lake Levels: Oroville Dam Levels

However Another California Dam Grapples With Flood Danger | Drought Watch | KQED Science.
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637. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
5:53 AM GMT on February 19, 2017
hope the next system isn't the same situation for the west coast. Appears to be several lows in the eastern Pacific.
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636. LowerCal
5:26 AM GMT on February 19, 2017
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635. LowerCal
3:26 AM GMT on February 19, 2017
Quoting 634. RobDaHood:

How are things in your neighborhood?
Looked like you were really getting dumped on last night.
Thanks, Rob. Things are fine in the neighborhood. It's very well drained apparently and only a few medium sized branches came down.

We received just a tad over 4" Friday. Just past 3PM the rainfall rate peaked at just over 1"/hr for a couple minutes. Link

I had to drive to LAX and back in the afternoon and evening. A few times on the way down the rainfall rate briefly exceeded the effectiveness of the windshield wipers on max setting. It was novel seeing L.A. freeway drivers for once adjusting their speed to the conditions. Speeds were 20-45 mph all the way down even when the traffic wasn't heavy. Coming back the Maps app by Google saved me from getting stuck in a parking lot that is usually a freeway.

My neighborhood and I were very fortunate.
At least 4 dead amid major flooding and mudslides as biggest storm in years barrels into L.A. area - LA Times
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634. RobDaHood
6:14 PM GMT on February 18, 2017
How are things in your neighborhood?
Looked like you were really getting dumped on last night.
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633. LowerCal
5:46 AM GMT on February 18, 2017
Quoting 632. RobDaHood:

Hmmmm.
And "THEY say it never rains in Southern California!"
I guess THEY only lived here 5 years.
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632. RobDaHood
11:10 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Hmmmm.
And "THEY say it never rains in Southern California!"
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631. LowerCal
9:28 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
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630. LowerCal
12:57 AM GMT on February 17, 2017
GG, YW! :^)

Rob YW2! :^)

Really! If you see big rain in the forecast don't wait to be told. Leave before the traffic jams form.

Fact is a lot of our forests were too dense for optimum health due to decades of misguided fire suppression. Those dead trees will lose much of their elevated fire danger once they lose their leaves/needles. That's the good. However some areas are so decimated that they may not be able to reestablish as forests.
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629. LowerCal
11:28 PM GMT on February 16, 2017
Powerful Friday storm in Southern California; Warm & wet atmospheric river to affect Oroville Dam watershed Monday : California Weather Blog
(Below is an excerpt. Click the above link for the full article with graphics.)
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Potentially strong, warm & wet atmospheric river headed for Oroville Dam watershed

A warm, wet atmospheric rivers with subtropical origins will approach Northern California on Monday. (NCEP via UCSD)

Unfortunately, the forecast for the Feather River watershed upstream of the Oroville Dam has become somewhat more ominous over the past 24 hours. Instead of a series of moderate, cold, and relatively manageable storms as had originally been depicted by the models, a rather strong atmospheric river is now expected to develop and slowly move across Northern California on Monday. The GFS and ECMWF agree that this storm will tap into subtropical moisture, bringing a warm and moist airmass into the region. Mountain peaks in the vicinity of Oroville Dam are not as tall as those further south along the Sierra Nevada mountain chain, so it’s easier for warm storms to produce exclusively rain (as opposed to snow) in that part of the state. The Monday storm may indeed be warm enough for most/all of the precipitation in that watershed to fall as heavy rain, which is not good news for current mitigation operations at Oroville Dam. Recent forecasts show a high likelihood of greater than 10 inches of precipitation over the next 5 days, with parts of the basin expected to approach 15 inches over the next 7 days. It is unclear at this point exactly what impacts this expected heavy rainfall will have on dam operations, but it’s clear this is not the forecast that DWR officials and emergency managers were hoping for.

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628. RobDaHood
11:11 PM GMT on February 16, 2017
Thanks for all the info you've posted this week LC.
Not getting around the blogs much, but I have been checking here. Hate to see all that precip at once, and still concerned over that dam. If I lived there, I'd be returning too, but mainly to get as many of my favorite things to storage on higher ground as possible until the situation improves.

Still, really nice to see that drought map looking so much better.
Wish it had happened a year ago, before all those trees died.
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627. GardenGrrl
10:51 PM GMT on February 16, 2017
I like the link at #619. Good info and photos. Thanks.
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626. LowerCal
8:02 PM GMT on February 16, 2017


This is needed but not all in one day.
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624. LowerCal
7:49 PM GMT on February 15, 2017
News on the heavy amounts expected in Southern California at the end of the article.
Residents return, but Oroville Dam dangers remain as new storm approaches - LA Times
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623. LowerCal
6:06 AM GMT on February 15, 2017
What Happened at the Oroville Dam - The New York Times
(Excerpts follow. Click the link above for full article with photos & map.)
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Last Tuesday, operators noticed turbulence in the water rushing down the spillway’s chute at a rate of 50,000 cubic feet — about 375,000 gallons — per second. They reduced the flow to investigate, and discovered that a large portion of the concrete had been washed away.

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The erosion in the main spillway led to the decision to use the emergency spillway for the first time since the dam was completed nearly 50 years ago. Emergency spillways are designed for use only in exceptional conditions, when the reservoir is rising so fast that there is a risk it will top the dam itself. Water flow over the emergency spillway stopped on Sunday, but more rain is expected this week.

Because emergency spillways are seldom used, they are not built to the same specifications as main spillways, and some damage to them can often be expected if they are used. At Oroville, environmental groups including the Sierra Club requested in 2005 that the emergency spillway be lined with concrete on the downstream side, to prevent erosion. The request was rejected.

On Sunday, when the emergency spillway showed signs of erosion, officials realized they had few options to lower the level of the reservoir behind the dam and reduce the potential for further damage and possible collapse, and they ordered the evacuations.

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No easy solution for Lake Oroville’s spillway problem - San Francisco Chronicle
(Excerpts follow. Click the link above for full article with photos.)
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Even if storms forecast for later this week don’t fill the reservoir 75 miles north of Sacramento, putting more pressure on the defective release routes, at least two months remain in the wet season. High lake levels are likely to again test the reservoir’s capacity to hold and discharge water.

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Jay Lund, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis and one of California’s foremost water experts, said the state doesn’t have any good options.

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Lund said there was no obvious short-term fix for the discharge channels; neither can be taken off line for significant repairs, because they’re likely to be needed when the Sierra snowpack starts melting in the spring.

Roger Bales, a professor of engineering at UC Merced’s Sierra Nevada Research Institute, said he’s not sure how the reservoir is going to handle more water when the glut of snowmelt arrives, or even when the next big storm hits.

He noted that even as they’re frantically trying to draw down Lake Oroville, officials are limited to releasing 100,000 cubic feet of water per second, about two-thirds the level that an intact main spillway could handle.

“If they’re only going to run at 100,000 cubic feet per second, they can get enough capacity for a moderate storm, but not a big one,” Bales said. “We can get big storm events until April.”

This week’s forecast calls for rain and snow in the mountains near Lake Oroville beginning Thursday. State officials hope to reduce the reservoir level by 43 feet before then, to 851 feet above sea level, which they believe would create enough room for the lake to take in runoff this weekend without having to resort to extraordinary discharge tactics.

Maintaining manageable capacity in the reservoir going forward, officials acknowledge, will be largely up to the weather.

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622. LowerCal
1:30 AM GMT on February 15, 2017
621. LowerCal
11:29 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
One extremely tiny nitpick with Mike Bettes' presentation at 3:05. The Feather River flows into the Sacramento River upstream from Sacramento. The Feather River does not become the Sacramento River in Sacramento. Link
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620. LowerCal
11:03 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
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619. LowerCal
10:13 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
With three stunning photos...
The enormous scale of the erosion problem at the Oroville Dam site - The Landslide Blog - AGU Blogosphere
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618. LowerCal
11:18 AM GMT on February 14, 2017
WW, DONE!

GG, everyone loves Gumby! :^)
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617. GardenGrrl
10:59 AM GMT on February 14, 2017
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616. WeatherWise
5:14 AM GMT on February 14, 2017
Hi LoCal, Happy Valentines! Have a nice Valentines Day. Tell someone you love them. Have a heart! LOVE💌

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615. LowerCal
12:02 AM GMT on February 14, 2017
614. LowerCal
11:02 PM GMT on February 13, 2017
613. Patrap
10:57 PM GMT on February 13, 2017
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/O.EXT.KSTO.FF.W.0001.000000T0000Z-170215T0015Z/  
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FLASH FLOOD WARNING  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA  
239 PM PST MON FEB 13 2017  
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS EXTENDED THE  
 
* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...  
THE POTENTIAL FAILURE OF A PORTION OF THE AUXILLARY SPILLWAY OF  
OROVILLE DAM IN...  
SOUTH CENTRAL BUTTE COUNTY IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA...  
 
* UNTIL 415 PM PST TUESDAY  
 
* THE WATER LEVEL AT OROVILLE DAM HAS DECREASED TO BELOW THE  
AUXILARY SPILLWAY AND WATER IS NO LONGER FLOWING OVER THE AUXILARY  
SPILLWAY. HOWEVER, THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES CONTINUES TO  
MONITOR THE SITUATION CLOSELY.  
 
* THE SITUATION REMAINS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS AND LOCAL EVACUATION  
ORDERS HAVE NOT BEEN LIFTED. RESIDENTS SHOULD FOLLOW EVACUATION  
INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.  
 
* DAM OPERATORS ARE CONTINUING LARGE CONTROLLED RELEASES OUT OF THE  
DAM IN ORDER TO LOWER LAKE LEVELS. THIS WILL CAUSE HIGH RIVER  
LEVELS DOWNSTREAM FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
HEED LOCAL AUTHORITY'S INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING EVACUATIONS.  
 
 
 
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3961 12149  
 
 
 
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612. LowerCal
10:46 PM GMT on February 13, 2017
Including information on the sorry state of dam infrastructure all across the U.S.,
The crisis at Oroville Dam, explained - Vox
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611. StormDrain
5:10 AM GMT on February 13, 2017
Quoting 608. LowerCal:

SD, thanks for the update on that dangerous situation. Yes, you have the flow exactly right. Actually the Feather River feeds into the Sacramento River upstream Sacramento and the American River feeds into the Sacramento River in Sacremento.

Closest to Orroville the surge will be highest but they do need to get the word out the the homeless encampments along the banks of the Sacramento River in Sacramento.
I caught myself on that at the main! Forgot to correct it here, so thanks for correcting me. The live feed from KCRA was good this eve. Chief met explained the potential spillway failure and the downstream situation well. I have some good memories of very early years growing up in that part of the world - Sacramento, foothills, the Feather River.

link added: KCRA chief meteorologist Mark Finan discusses what a spillway failure would mean downstream.
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610. LowerCal
4:41 AM GMT on February 13, 2017
Other ongoing updates:
Live updates: Evacuations ordered below Oroville Dam - LA Times
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609. LowerCal
4:28 AM GMT on February 13, 2017
Ongoing updates:
Officials Order Evacuation Near Oroville Dam - capradio.org
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608. LowerCal
2:14 AM GMT on February 13, 2017
SD, thanks for the update on that dangerous situation. Yes, you have the flow exactly right. Actually the Feather River feeds into the Sacramento River upstream Sacramento and the American River feeds into the Sacramento River in Sacremento.

Closest to Oroville the surge will be highest but they do need to get the word out the the homeless encampments along the banks of the Sacramento River in Sacramento.
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607. StormDrain
1:17 AM GMT on February 13, 2017
HI LC, Sounds like dire straights up at Oroville Lake with flash flood evacs ordered. Won't this water dump into the Feather River and end up going into the American at Sacramento? Anyway, I don't see a river flood forecast at Gridley... only the Flash Flood Warning.
Just to keep an eye on things, the Feather River gauge at Gridley below Oroville Lake.


Flash Flood Statement
National Weather Service Sacramento CA
447 PM PST SUN FEB 12 2017

CAC007-140015-
/O.CON.KSTO.FF.W.0001.000000T0000Z-170214T0015Z/
/00000.3.DM.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000 Z.OO/
BUTTE CA-
447 PM PST SUN FEB 12 2017

...A FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR A DAM FAILURE REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL
415 PM PST MONDAY FOR SOUTH CENTRAL BUTTE COUNTY... At 441 PM PST

* Flash Flood Warning for... A Dam Failure in... South central Butte
County in northern California...

* Until 415 PM PST Monday

* At 445 PM PST, Officials now anticipate a failure of the
auxiliary spillway in 60 minutes. Residents of Oroville should
evacuate in a northward direction such as towards Chico.

Other city`s should follow the orders of their local law
enforcement. Operation of the auxiliary spillway has lead to severe
erosion that has lead to a failure of the structure. Failure of the
auxiliary spillway structure will result in an uncontrolled release
of flood waters from Lake Oroville.

Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville areas
downstream is ordered. From Oroville to Gridley...low level areas
around the feather river will experience rapid river rises.

This is not a Drill. This is not a Drill. Repeat this is not a
drill.

* Locations impacted include...
Oroville, Palermo, Gridley, Thermalito, South Oroville, Oroville
Dam, Oroville East and Wyandotte.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life.

&&

LAT...LON 3953 12139 3934 12156 3933 12172 3952 12163
3961 12149

$$
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606. LowerCal
8:42 PM GMT on February 12, 2017
Quoting 603. goofyrider:

Good to see you back Cal.

Cloudy night, so no shot at COMET. No scope either.

Found this link: https://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/queryF?ORO
Thanks, goofyrider. :^)

More dramatically.

Lake Oroville at 101% of capacity. First use of backup emergency spillway.





Quoting 605. WeatherWise:

Oh maybe I do. Perhaps you mean comet difficult to see. I missed something.
You did get it, WW. Even with a telescope the comet wasn't going to be easy to spot. I thought The Weather Channel article I referenced in 599 and 602 gave an over optomistic description.
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605. WeatherWise
8:04 PM GMT on February 11, 2017
Oh maybe I do. Perhaps you mean comet difficult to see. I missed something.
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604. WeatherWise
8:02 PM GMT on February 11, 2017
Hi LoCal, I read back to my last comment but didn't get the drift of Saturday AM difficulty. Hope all is well.
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603. goofyrider
7:50 PM GMT on February 11, 2017
Good to see you back Cal.

Cloudy night, so no shot at COMET. No scope either.

Found this link: https://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/queryF?ORO


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602. LowerCal
2:40 AM GMT on February 11, 2017
Quoting 599. LowerCal:

FYI regarding
Snow Moon, Lunar Eclipse, Comet Will Be Triple Treat for Stargazers Friday | The Weather Channel
even in binoculars the comet will be difficult to spot. Details here
Green Comet Makes Close Earth Flyby - Sky & Telescope.

Obviously my view does NOT represent the position of The Weather Company!
LOL ;^)
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601. LowerCal
11:06 PM GMT on February 10, 2017
Oroville's reservoir backup emergency spillway has never been used but that may change very soon.
Damage to Oroville Dam's spillway worsens as officials consider emergency measures - LA Times
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600. RobDaHood
10:15 PM GMT on February 10, 2017
Quoting 599. LowerCal:

FYI regarding
Snow Moon, Lunar Eclipse, Comet Will Be Triple Treat for Stargazers Friday | The Weather Channel
even in binoculars the comet will be difficult to spot. Details here
Green Comet Makes Close Earth Flyby - Sky & Telescope.


Thanks for the reminder.
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599. LowerCal
7:34 PM GMT on February 10, 2017
FYI regarding
Snow Moon, Lunar Eclipse, Comet Will Be Triple Treat for Stargazers Friday | The Weather Channel
even in binoculars the comet will be difficult to spot. Details here
Green Comet Makes Close Earth Flyby - Sky & Telescope.
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598. LowerCal
3:38 AM GMT on February 10, 2017
On the rationale for the categories on those U.S. Drought Monitor Maps for California:
Take Two | Nearly half of California is out of the drought | 89.3 KPCC
.... "What we find happens is given the deficits that accumulated over a long period of time, the region is primed to dry back out more than it normally would be. You can have short-term flooding without completely ameliorating a long-term drought." ....


We don't need more rain as much as we need to keep the snowpack:
Another storm for rain-weary California this week, then a break, then…yet more storms to come. : California Weather Blog
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597. GardenGrrl
2:28 AM GMT on February 09, 2017
Hey that sounds like a great road trip. Hope it was fun. Finally getting some water to Cali. If the drought breaks and the aquifers re-charge you all may be able to temporarily succeed.
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596. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
11:28 PM GMT on February 08, 2017
welcome back, LowerCal
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595. Patrap
9:36 PM GMT on February 08, 2017
Thanx for the shout out for yesterday LC. Close, almost too damn close it twas.

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