December 17, 2014

10:30 PM | California Still Needs 11 Trillion Gallons Of Water To End Its Drought
Despite recent rains in California, it's still going to take about 11 trillion gallons of water for the state to recover from its historic and ongoing drought. Shockingly, that's around 1.5 times the maximum volume of water in the U.S.'s largest reservoir.Read more...
4:00 PM | More to tree rings than meets the eye
Tree rings record past environmental conditions, as well as the tree’s physiological response to those conditions. Although ring widths are easily measured indicators of annual tree growth, they are limited in what they can tell us about more detailed aspects of tree physiology. Fortunately, we can use stable isotopes to help us infer the tree’s […]
12:28 AM | Forecast For 2015: Western States Face Enduring Water Crisis
New data will reveal the actual scale of groundwater resources…

December 11, 2014

8:46 PM | ‘Pineapple Express’ Soaks Bay Area
The precipitation flooding many parts of the Bay Area is part of a low pressure system that is both common and uncommon during California's winter months.

December 09, 2014

9:20 PM | California’s drought declared natural by NOAA
But some scientists are calling the report limited in perspective.

December 08, 2014

11:43 PM | California’s Drought: Is it Global Warming?
Not really, says a new report from federal climate scientists. But others say that report doesn't show the whole picture.

December 05, 2014

7:07 PM | California Drought Is Worst in 1,200 Years
Record heat is magnifying the effects of the state-wide drought, according to climate scientists from the University of Minnesota and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
2:00 PM | Bay Area Rainfall Ushers in Mating Season for Amorous Amphibians
Amphibians face tough times as nearly one-third of the species has already lost worldwide. Learn about our local amphibians and what the East Bay Regional Parks District is doing to protect them.
1:28 AM | Study: California Drought Most Severe Dry Spell in at least 1,200 Years
Low precipitation and record high temperatures combine to set startling record.

December 04, 2014

4:22 PM | Laughing gas no laughing matter for climate change
There’s an interesting article published in PLOS One that I like. It’s one of these things that’s very clever, but the basic idea is very simple. Temperatures are rising, and there’s plenty of research on how that might affect plants. In PLOS One this month Gschwendtner et al. investigate how rising temperatures affect the soil. […]

December 03, 2014

7:59 AM | A Gusher of Moisture Hoses California. Is El Niño Here?
Parts of drought-plagued California got hosed by a gusher of moisture streaming up from the tropics on Tuesday. As the chief meteorologist for Minnesota Public Radio put it, the copious stream of water vapor looks a whole lot like a “pineapple express,” a low level jet of moist air flowing from Hawaii to California. This is […]The post A Gusher of Moisture Hoses California. Is El Niño Here? appeared first on ImaGeo.
3:41 AM | New Residential Water Use Numbers Indicate Conservation Backslide
The year-over-year water-saving rate slid by more than a third in October, worrying officials calling on residents to reduce water usage during record drought.

December 02, 2014

11:36 PM | Nicaraguan Farmers Turn to Tarantulas As A Cash Crop Amid Historic Drought
Nicaragua is Central America’s poorest country. Many Nicaraguans farm for a living, relying upon crops like coffee, corn, beans and sugarcane to make money. But this past summer, the northern part of Nicaragua was hit by one of the worst droughts in recent memory. The drought ravaged the country’s crops, which in turn led to rapid increases in the prices of staple foods. The situation got so bad at one point that the Nicaraguan government began to encourage its […]

November 26, 2014

6:42 AM | El Nino Modoki Style
I just finished a rather detailed piece for my station’s website about El Nino and long range forecasting. If you really want to understand what an El Nino is, and how it can help make a long range forecast, then it’s worth a read. Click the image below to read it. I warn you that it is long form, and there are 4 videos embedded that you really should watch. …
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