TOO MUCH WINTER

Alarming news of excessive normality in New Hampshire:

Much of this week’s winter carnival in Gilford has been canceled, due to too much winter.

But in California, vicious Republicans are planning to warm the state to death:

The California Republican Party has now apparently decided that the concept of global warming and any effort to do anything about it are their primary targets, and they will do anything to prevent action on global warming or the water crisis. Nevermind the fact that dams are pointless if less rain and snow are falling. Republicans appear quite happy to leave Californians at further risk of catastrophic water shortfalls. In their inaction, California’s future hangs in the balance.

That was written four months ago. Here’s a more recent report:

The snowfall season should end above-average – and that means Californians, warned to brace themselves after an exceptionally dry 2007, almost certainly won’t face water shortages this summer.

That’s right. No dirty cars. No brown lawns. And no saving the bath water.

“Fears should be put to rest,” said snow surveyor Dave Hart of the state Department of Water Resources. “There’s no way you could say we’re in any kind of drought.”

(Via Dan F., currently enjoying some local warmening in Vermont)

Posted by Tim B. on 02/29/2008 at 07:55 PM
    1. About the same for most of the western US.  Looks to be a decent water year, except for a few dry spots (relatively speaking, compared to recent years).

      The next forecast map is due next week; check it then and see how it looks (probably slightly better; if it wasn’t snowing, the temperature were cool to cold, so there was less snow melt).

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 02 29 at 08:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. Snow in usual areas.
      Wet in usual areas.
      Dry in usual areas.
      Cold winter in usual areas.
      Hot summer in usual areas.
      Monotonous. I am bored.
      Yet we are assured we have climate change.
      We must believe the Rosster.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 02 29 at 08:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. If California were really short of resources like water, Dim0crats wouldn’t encourage millions of illegal immigrants to squat here.

      Would they?

      Posted by Harry Bergeron on 2008 02 29 at 09:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. With fat Tuesday on Saturday night.
      If they get coldarsed.
      Will they say bugger?

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 02 29 at 09:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. Night before last temps in Central Florida dipped into the 30s (Fahrenheit). I had to turn on my heating.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 02 29 at 10:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. Congratulations are in order for Milwaukee. With the latest snowfall we’re now the tenth snowiest year on record.
      And it’s still February.

      Posted by Merlin on 2008 02 29 at 10:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. OT (sorry!) Global warming indoctrination in Tokyo:

      Tokyo’s Koto Ward Government is set to require all elementary school fifth graders* in the ward to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at home as part of their summer vacation homework, officials said.

      Students will be required to cut emissions by, for example, “turning off lights in unused rooms,” “setting the air conditioner to 28 degrees Celsius” or “shortening the period of taking a shower.” Given the rate of bizarre child crimes in Japan, teachers should expect a few students to save the planet by killing their families.

      * About 11 years old.

      Posted by flying pigs over mecca on 2008 02 29 at 11:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. And it’s still February.

      Not for long!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 03 01 at 12:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. I would have felt sorrier for Californians’ water shortages if they didn’t have a bazillion private swimming pools in the state.  As it is, they won’t have to worry until the next (periodic) drought.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 03 01 at 12:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. The problem with California is that some decent sized chunks of it are little better than semi-arid. There are also some nifty desert spots, such as the Mohave.

      We do have one hella good aqueduct system though, so the idjits in LA can get water from the north end of the San Joaquin.

      The central valley of California (the San Joaquin Valley) is still one of the better agribusiness producers on the planet. Wet years, or drought.

      Oh, and don’t worry about offending me when you’re picking on California. We do have our good areas full up with decent hard working no nonsense type folk. Lots of independent ranchers, farmers, oil field workers, etc. But we do have way more than our fair share of weirdos too. We know that because we see them on a daily basis.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2008 03 01 at 12:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. When it comes to water or water related issues, these guys are the power and the authority:

      California Department of Water Resources

      Posted by Grimmy on 2008 03 01 at 12:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. Before the 4 inches or so of snow we got today, we already had 48 inches so far this year (Detroit area).  I’ve lived here for 8 winters now, and that amount is roughly equivalent to the total for the previous 7 years.

      Also, Jan and Feb have both been very cold, relative to the past decade or so.

      I’ve been enjoying the worry over the past two years or so about the level of water in the Great Lakes.  It’s too low and it’s ruining boating and beaches, etc, etc.  That’s because only 15 years or so ago they were worrying about the high level of water in the Great Lakes and the erosion it was causing.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2008 03 01 at 01:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. #11 “When it comes to water or water related issues, these guys are the power and the authority:”

      I know one of these guys, and his was a political pay-off appointment, not based on his expertise.

      California’s beauty is like a woman’s: it draws flies.
      A lot of them find their way into government, having no other abilities.

      Posted by Harry Bergeron on 2008 03 01 at 01:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. #13 Harry Bergeron

      Government has been the number one “growth industry” in California for more than a decade. By far. More than tourism, more than construction, even more than the computer industry.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 03 01 at 01:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. Night before last temps in Central Florida dipped into the 30s (Fahrenheit). I had to turn on my heating.

      Greetings from Maine, Andrea.

      I’d kill you, but my trigger finger’s frozen.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2008 03 01 at 02:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. #13, 14:

      Hell yeah. California serves as the bellwether for cultural rot and political decay for our side of the country.

      Every kooky, stupid, dysfunctional gimmick in nationalized education dumbing downism gets its official test run in CA too.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2008 03 01 at 02:50 AM • permalink

 

    1. Nevermind the fact that dams are pointless if less rain and snow are falling.

      Kinda like warm clothes become pointless when it’s just -5 degrees instead of -10, I guess.

      Posted by PW on 2008 03 01 at 03:35 AM • permalink

 

    1. It’s away with the shorts/sandals and back to jeans/socks/shoes here in Sydney, at a time of year when such things are unheard of – and a doona on the bed.
      Not so much a case of the lights are going out all over Europe,more like:
      “The fans and air-con are going off, all over NSW.”

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 03 01 at 06:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. We do have one hella good aqueduct system though,

      It runs through Chinatown, doesn’t it, Grimmy?

      And the same sort of nonsense has been going on here about the Great Lakes water level dropping. I’ll keep an eye on it for you all, especially after this winter of record snows and periods of rain mixed in between freezing spells.

      BTW, it was as cold overnight two nights ago in Toronto as the daytime temperature in Yellowknife, Norhtwest Territories [-25°C] that day (via Frozen Tex commenting from Yellowknife at the Small Dead Animals blog).

      Posted by andycanuck on 2008 03 01 at 06:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. Great Lakes are probably dropping because all the water is sitting frozen on top of Canada, Maine, and New York.  And so’s the water to the west.

      Posted by aaron_ on 2008 03 01 at 12:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. Snowdrops are blooming and the crocuses are doing well. We should have daffodils next week, but they’re late. The veggie garden has been roto-tilled; the berry bushed need to be thinned. Lawn care is next, before the mower comes out.

      I’d include pictures but …

      Cheers

      Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2008 03 01 at 04:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. The California water authorities have a wonderful scam going.  In dry years, they raise their rates to discourage to discourage frivolous water use.  Then if we reduce our water use they raise their rates because revenues are down.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 03 01 at 05:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m in Massachusetts, we got 6 more inches of snow last night – haven’t seen grass here since the end of November.  And we aren’t anywhere near as snowy as NH and the upper midwest of the US.

      I think that the world’s poor should be out after their legislators to enact laws to protect global warming so they can afford to make it through future winters!  With gas prices being so high – you’d think they’d be all over this warming stuff like the next messiah.

      Posted by Teresa on 2008 03 01 at 05:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Those damned Republicans – they do nothing, and then this happens!  I hope we’ve all learned something about the risks of climate change denial, haven’t we?

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2008 03 01 at 05:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Students will be required to cut emissions by, for example, “turning off lights in unused rooms,” “setting the air conditioner to 28 degrees Celsius”

      Are they nuts?  Do they have any idea how high my utility bill would be if I kept the house heated to 83ºF this winter?

      What? No, they said “air conditioner”, not “cooler”.

      Posted by steveH on 2008 03 01 at 08:32 PM • permalink

 

  1. #11 Grimmy;

    When it comes to water or water related issues, these guys are the power and the authority:

    California Department of Water Resources

    Good thing that California has been run by Democrats for the past umpteen years.

    Imagine if it had been run by Republicans; they probably would have blocked plans to build new power plants in the state, making the state power situation… um…

    Dams. Right, they would have blocked plans to build dams to conserve water for the state… um…

    Wait…

    Posted by steveH on 2008 03 01 at 08:38 PM • permalink