California’s drought situation in pictures – what a difference one year makes

We’re in the worst drought since 1898, at least, but it has to do with the Pacific Ocean, not the demon Global Warming. Read the whole thing. There are some impressive pictures there, too. And once again we’ve shot ourselves in the foot, failing to build enough water storage, thanks to environmental groups adamantly opposed to even the most sensible development. What was that fable about the ant and the grasshopper again?

Watts Up With That?

Yesterday, my local reservoir, Lake Oroville, made the front page of Drudge. The photo below shows the Highway 162 suspension bridge and the Bidwell Marina, which is almost in the center of the lake now. The last time I was there at this very spot in September, boat launch ramps were still operable. From what I hear now, they are past the asphalt and down to mud for anyone that dares to try.

oroville-drudge

Below are two photos from the NASA MODIS imaging system that show California from the Los Angeles area north to the Oregon border. One if from January 13th, 2013, and the other is from January 14th, 2014.

The lack of snowpack in the northern Sierra Nevada is quite significant and the visual difference between years is stunning. 

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