The Sun's Deadly Rays

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The Sun's Deadly Rays

Postby kevinkirby » Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:48 pm

Now California enters drought mode, no real rain for years, and today we get a brief sprinkle. So why does everybody still seem so happy when the sun -- now dangerously into the ultraviolet -- pokes back through the clouds?

No doubt the weathermen will be crowing happily about our glorious weather, even as he and Ron Burgundy secretly horde bottled water by the warehouse-full.

Where are the desalination facilities we now so desperately need? How long until San Francisco's water supply gets diverted, to rescue the parched East Bay multitudes?

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Postby Duane » Thu Feb 05, 2009 4:40 pm

Yeah, it's us parched So Cal-ers getting it today; however, there's a colder, heavier storm on the way tomorrow that I think will hit up the Bay area pretty heavily.

Accuweather.com says the LA basin should receive between 2-21/2 inches through the weekend. And yes, we do need it. And yes, after this weekend, we'll still be in a drought mode. But luckily, the month is just getting started, and February and March are two of our three biggest rain months.

But it's not necessarily more rain that will help our drought situation. We need some big, cold storms to drop a couple dozen feet of snow in the Sierra Nevadas. As great as a nice, long Pineapple Express storm train might be (and the last one of THOSE we got was back in 2005), we need water to get into the mountains and reservoirs and STAY THERE until spring, where it can melt at a sustainable rate.

By the way, 2005: anyone remember the 38.5" of rain we got? It was pretty much all gone after 2007 came and went with a paltry 3.85" for the rain year. All the more important that we get SNOW up in the mountains, and LOTS OF IT!!

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Postby FrankChurch » Fri Feb 06, 2009 8:26 am

Jeffrey Sachs talks about water shortages. It may be a major concern soon. Like we don't have enough to worry about.

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Postby reddragon70 » Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:20 am

There is an easy solution. Move to Scotland! Never bloody stops raining here. And what is this nonsense about a big yellow orb in the sky? Mere superstitious babble I say.

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Postby Duane » Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:19 pm

I'd love to take a walk up through the hills of Scotland. There's a particular name for the activity (yeah, yeah, "hiking," but that's not the word I'm looking for). Hadrian's wall is also on the life list.

Gotta admit it, though: I wouldn't give up SoCal's weather for anything. The summers are amazing: 75-80 during the day with just enough humidity in the air to keep you cool. Winter is a milder variation of summer, except for the hot Santa Ana wind events and the occasional cold rains, both of which we experienced in January.

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Postby kevinkirby » Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:03 pm

The way things are going, it's probable that small rains, without snowpack, might actually make things worse somehow. What's the science on this, I wonder?

Increased hydraulic pressure causes the streams to empty out more quickly, leaving less available than before the sprinkle-storms.

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Postby FrankChurch » Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:16 pm

We need to dig deeper wells.

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Will Desalination Save Us

Postby kevinkirby » Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:10 pm

Desalination plants may have been mentioned before by local bigwigs, yet there's nothing concrete at the moment. Our top-hats still seem overly obsessed by the turnabout profitability of pseudo-warehouse condo lofts. It still goes on, despite the on-paper losses they now face due to lower demand for fancy millionaire digs in places like the murdergang-ridden "Sun Belt" district.

Maybe some day, our thousands of displaced neighbors -- those who were banished by the realty and developer cabals -- will somehow be allowed to return to the city they once called home. But until then, San Francisco certainly shows a much different profile than before the swarming landlusters took over.

That is why, on the face of things, The City's dedicated water pipeline from the Hetch-hetchy Reservoir should be diverted to rescue the East Bay. Let the new SF population slake their daily thirsts on bottled water instead; they can certainly afford it.


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