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  •  Agreed, I think there is a lot of denial going on. (4+ / 0-)

    Fueled, perhaps, by the thought that a wet winter would "rescue us".  I don't think we can bank on that, though.  It's an anxious time to be a Californian (or should be).

    "Democrat" is a noun. "Democratic" is an adjective. "Republican" is an idiot. Illigitimi non carborundum. Regardless of Party. The license plate I want? OMG GOP WTF

    by TheOrchid on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 09:20:42 AM PDT

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    •  That's the thing, though (3+ / 0-)
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      TheOrchid, eyo, BachFan

      A single wet, El Nino fueled, Winter will not eliminate the drought deficit that has accumulated over three full years. I mean, some areas have deficits from last year alone of twenty inches. That's a full season's rainfall for much of the state.

      So even if this winter sees 200% of normal accumulation, it will barely make up for last year's deficit, which doesn't include the deficits for the two years before that.

      And these are figures that state officials have at their disposal. The fact that they have done little to dissuade people from placing hope in next Winter is scandalous.

      I'll be among the first in line to cheer if we have an exceptionally wet Winter (heck, I was overjoyed when my pants got a couple dozen drops on it while biking home a couple of weeks ago near Sacramento). However, I won't be writing the current drought off and power washing my sidewalk any time soon.

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