A number of people at the You Tube site think this is ‘fake news’ but this is due to them not understanding an emergency dirt road has been built where the road washed away last week and they are now still pouring cement in the big gouges yesterday. Now on to today’s story about University people being very stupid: UCLA Professor Alex Hall claims that the Oroville dam disaster is caused by global warming due to NO SNOW in the Sierra Mountains!
This article written by this very young ‘professor’ is acting as if the history of water/snow/drought in California is only 20 years old. It is frankly, normal during all Interglaicals for California to have drought/flood cycles. This is why there were no native Indian civilizations in California.
They did build in Arizona and New Mexico but not one native ‘city’ was built anywhere in California. Never. I would suggest that the flood cycles would wipe out anything, totally. ‘Floods’ in Arizona and New Mexico are no where near as bad as in California, for example. The fact is, there were no native civilizations in California nor the Northeast, either (due to cold winters, I am assuming).
Indeed, this is a highly unusual winter. In the northern Sierra Nevada, precipitation to date is 230 percent of normal, and the region is on track to see its wettest year in recorded history. Record precipitation has led to record snow accumulation in some locations. However, the extra snow is not proportionate to the overall precipitation increase.
The Donner Pass year was not ‘recorded.’ Records in California go back to the Civil War, all other times is guess work or off and on record keeping. My grandfather, Edison Pettit, and his fellow astronomers kept accurate records of mountain snow and rain, etc. starting around 1885. I know because I used to watch my grandfather collect information several times a day when I was a small child.
He taught me about the climate because it is hard to do astronomy and have no idea what is happening with clouds, rain, etc. I got all his horrific stories about lots of snow in the mountains from him, for example. Family history passed down through the generations. Most people in California today are newcomers, not there for nearly 200 years. Often, not even 20 years. So they have little idea what is going on there.
Currently, snowpack in the northern Sierra is just 157 percent of normal, not the more-than-doubling we would expect. In other words, what makes this winter so extreme is how much rain we’re getting, as opposed to snow. Instead of being stored in frozen form until spring snowmelt sends it gradually downstream, rain runs off immediately, filling reservoirs quickly.
This is no different that similar weather 100 years ago. Comparing records is impossible because when my grandfather was born, there were few dams, for example. Now, everything is dammed up. This changes a lot of things including the weather. So does having hot cities with asphalt roads and hot rooftops. This also raises temperatures.
Top Five Maximum Snow Depths at the Central Sierra Snow Laboratory 7
1952 — 311 inches (26.0 feet)
1969 — 242 inches (20.2 feet)
1971 — 240 inches (20 feet)
1958 — 210 inches (17.5 feet)
2011 — 207 inches (17.2 feet)
It is still snowing up there. Note, also, this laboratory is not very old. Less than 100 years.
A comparable snow event occurred near Donner Pass in mid-February 1999, when a powerful winter storm dumped 168 inches (14 feet) at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort from February 6 to 9.
4 Measured by Southern Pacific Railroad at Summit Station elevation 7,017 feet.
5 U.S. seasonal snowfall record currently held by the Mount Baker ski area where 1,140 inches (95 feet) were measured during the 1998-99 winter season. Measurement location was the Heather Meadows day lodge at 4,300 feet in elevation.
Note that these snow falls are all recent. Mount Baker was named after one of my ancestors, by the way. No one measured the snow back in the mid 19th century, by the way.
When my grandaddy was born, it was right after Edison did his first miracle: 1877. This is why his parents named him after the inventor. My grandfather met Edison when he was a young adult and they had a merry time of it. Back in 1877, useful climate data was a new art and farmers kept records for obvious reasons but once the astronomers joined in, they made it more comprehensive. But the point is, the further back in time, the less information we have.
The reason for this shift is that it’s warmer than normal, so a greater share of precipitation is falling as rain. There’s reason to believe climate change is at play. For example, research from one of our labs found that between 2012 and 2015, human-caused warming resulted in a snowpack roughly one-fifth smaller than would otherwise have accumulated.
Looking toward the future, climate modeling studies conducted at UCLA and elsewhere show significant declines in Sierra snowpack over this century. These declines are due not to changes in overall precipitation totals, but rather to a shift from a snow-dominated to a rain-dominated regime. This means we can expect to see more years like this one. The situation that Oroville Dam engineers once considered rare will become more common.
Click here to see the snow pack/water table for California.Shimmy Lake has the deepest snow pack/water amount.
It is painfully obvious that this stupid professor is indulging in outright lies. What? He cleverly uses the modifier, ‘OVERALL’ to hide the truth. He and his stupid clown buddies whined like crazy, ‘There is NO RAIN.’ Then he said, ‘There will never be more rain’ and then he said, ‘CO2 is rising and this causes no rain.’ Ergo: it will be drier and drier. Not wetter and wetter!
California leads the world in climate science, greenhouse gas reduction strategies and climate mitigation investments, but we have largely neglected our responsibility to make the state more resilient to climate change. Currently, there is no mechanism to fund adaptation research and implementation projects that comes close to matching the scale of our challenges.
Note that this idiot savant wants more money to study climate when he has zero understanding about climate and furthermore, lies about what little he knows. Hello, stupid: California is a notorious drought/flood cycle climate. It is not ‘stable’ at all, never was and never will be. The ‘agricultural revolution’ is 100% due to building dams, not natural rain cycles.
And the last 200 years has been much wetter than the last 2000 years. Cut out any time cycle frame and you get alternate wet/dry cycles of various lengths and sorts. This is true all the way back to the last Ice Age. During all Ice Ages, mastodons can roam California. Now they are extinct but back during Ice Ages, they were very much alive there. Climates change on this planet especially in the last 2.5 million years.
In 2005 during the global warming hysteria, Alex Hall was named UCLA’s ‘Climate Action Champion’ for telling everyone, CO2 causes California droughts. This man is the age of my youngest child. That is, barely an ‘adult’ in my older eyes. A whippersnapper as my granddad would say.
A member of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Hall is an expert on climate modeling, the mechanisms that govern Earth’s climate and the planet’s sensitivity to historical increases in greenhouse gas emissions.
That is, he makes up future scenarios based on his assumptions and then yells, we are all going to roast to death.
The UC program, which is in its inaugural year, is designed to help meet and focus students’ interest in climate-action education, and to inspire other faculty members to help the university’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025 through engaged research and education. The 2015-16 champions — one at each of the university’s 10 campuses — will work with students on projects aimed at building community engagement and awareness.
So, it is a pure propaganda operation. I hope they cut off all use of other fuels by 2025. No more tooling around LA in cars. Even electric cars because these have to be manufactured using energy of all sorts and not batteries or electricity…melting metal or making plastics requires lots of the nasty kinds of energy. No, they must live like my granddaddy who was horse and buggy back in 1880. I lived like that, in a tent, in cold upstate NY for ten years. It isn’t impossible at all.
I had two horses and an ox team who did all the hauling and riding stuff. I used a bike, too. I had sheep and pulled up water from a well with a hand pump. Come on, guys in California, you can do this, too! Stop being so hypocritical and lazy.
The Climate Action Champion recognition comes with a $25,000 award, which Hall will apply to an educational and public outreach project to “downscale” information from global climate models to create high-resolution projections of future climate at the neighborhood scale. This approach, which Hall pioneered, helps people envision how climate change will affect them in their own backyards and increases public support for action to adapt to inevitable impacts and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so the worst impacts can be prevented.
This nasty, stupid, awful man…I bet he doesn’t have an ox team, nor grow his own food, or do all the stuff I did for years. Far from practicing what he preaches, we can easily bet he flies in jets all over the darn planet, lecturing us about how we are destroying the climate and must stop now or we will all roast to death. It is below freezing on my mountain today. It was warm for three days before this which is common in the NE in winter. It will be bitterly cold tonight after a warm day yesterday.
This is normal. Spring is coming. This is also normal. California doesn’t have spring or winter except in the mountains. This is normal for California. This idiot should move out of LA for my granddaddy said way, way back in 1957 to me, ‘There are too many people here, this is terrible, I want them to all go away.’ HAHAHA. Instead, they plowed down his Victorian ranch house and replaced it with a 15 story building!
They did this illegally. We sued the city government and won and this gave me my inheritance from grandpa: my school tuition and I lived on it for years. While working, too, because I didn’t want to live on campus, I had my own home which the city of Tucson destroyed and then the military crashed a jet into the place and that was flown by a Saudi Arabian guy…here is more about the classes this clown teaches:
Working with Katharine Reich, associate director of the Center for Climate Change Solutions and a specialist in science communication, Hall will focus on his research team’s recently completed Climate Change in the Sierra Nevada Project, which explores the potential consequences of climate change for water resources in California. The project will include the production of video, data visualization and other materials; the presentation of a special lecture on campus; teaching the undergraduate GE class, “Climate Change: From Puzzles to Policy”; meeting with stakeholders and potential collaborators across the state; and engaging with researchers with a wide range of expertise to pursue future interdisciplinary research.
He teaches propaganda and does the endless ‘computer studies’ that infamously miscall events nearly nonstop now. And he specializes in ‘water resources’ from exactly the Oroville dam area. That is, I believe he is one of the idiots who told the state of California, to not release water last month but hoard it because there was not going to be any more rain. Another reason to fire him for incompetence.