Thursday Open Thread

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For those of you still dealing with snow who are feeling jealous of our lovely California weather:

Snow survey finds dismal water prospects

Snow-surveying crews across the Sierra are seeing bad news up close this week. California has about half a snowpack.

Skiing, snowshoeing or riding helicopters, the crews are making their way to high-elevation meadows for the most important snow measurement of the year.

April 1 is the unofficial end of the snowfall season — this year, following a miserably dry January, February and March. City officials, industry leaders and farmers will get a good idea of how much water to expect when the snow melts.

Reports won’t be finished for a few days, but California already has reason to be disappointed. Big storms in November and December built the snowpack to 140 percent of average on Jan. 1. Now automated snow sensors show it is at 54 percent.

The snowpack was only 46 percent of average at this point last March — meaning the state had two bad years in a row. There’s no state drought emergency because reservoirs are holding about an average amount of water.

But the “d” word is filtering into conversations among weather experts.

“We’re in a meteorological drought,” said Paul Iniguez of the National Weather Service in Hanford. “We had record-setting dry months for some places in California during January and February,” the meteorologist said.

Conditions in Merced and the rest of the region have been very dry this rainfall season despite a series of powerful storms that initially brought above-average precipitation.

This month, little more than a quarter of an inch of rain has been recorded as of Wednesday. Normal precipitation for March is 1.80 inches. This season, 6.52 inches of rain has been recorded, compared to 10.56 inches at this point in a normal rainfall season, records show.

IOW: No clouds = no silver linings

Be careful what you wish for.

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37 Responses to Thursday Open Thread

  1. myiq2xu says:

    FYI: Those “tats” were made with Sharpie pens.

    • yttik says:

      We have a girl here who does lovely sharpie work and I think she’s now making more money then I do. There’s a big market for temp tattoos, so if you know any artists in need of money, let them know.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Too much snow in the Northeast is usally followed by severe flooding. We need a snowmelt floodwater pipeline to the west and other drought prone areas 😀

  3. DeniseVB says:

    LOL ! A rebuttal video to Jim Carrey !!

  4. driguana says:

    the thrill is gone…..way gone…..

  5. myiq2xu says:


    I think this is what I find so bothersome about Meghan McCain’s constant use of the words “young people” in justifying herself. She’s not talking about external ideas that could be of interest to young people; primarily she is just asserting that her personal status as (sort of) young should make she herself compelling to young people. Rather than advertising her ideas (should she stumble upon one some day) she relentlessly and remorselessly advertises herself (but always with the unmet promise that one day she will offer an idea external to herself that Young People might think is just swell).

    And make no mistake, when she says things like “Young people need a young spokesperson” or the like, what she really means, barely disguised at all, barely comporting with the decorum Carolla mentions, is that “Young people need the Almighty Me.”

    I think Carolla is right; at some point we stopped telling the Narcissists that they were boors, and stopped imposing the social penalty of Shunning on them, and instead started pouring gasoline of attention on the already-blazing fire of self-regard.

    We should probably stop that.

    As far as I can tell MegMac’s sole claim to fame is her famous father. That and her willingness to bash Republicans.

    • votermom says:

      She’s the left’s token Republican.

    • 49erDweet (D) says:

      No offense intended but isn’t she the “classic” blond Republican? Or “valley girl” Repub? If you’re a prog what’s not to like about her? Her vacuousness is appealing in a philosophical opponent.

    • yttik says:

      Ace is right, she’s all about the identity politics. “Young people” is an identity, just like any other that has suddenly become fashionable these days. It isn’t based on beliefs or solving problems, now it’s about tribal affiliation. The thing about McCain’s “young people,” is that she’s getting closer and closer to being put out of the tribe.

      • myiq2xu says:

        No matter how hard you try, “young” is a temporary affiliation.

        • myiq2xu says:

          I wish I had the body of a 21 year old, but I wouldn’t want to be 21 again. I paid a high price for what little wisdom I have these days.

          (Captain Spaulding has the body of a 21 year old. He keeps it in his basement.)

  6. myiq2xu says:

    Jennifer Lawrence: ‘I feel like an ogre in heels’

    When Jennifer Lawrence took her famous tumble as she climbed the steps to accept her Best Actress Oscar, maybe she was just uncomfortable in her high heels.

    The “Silver Linings Playbook star confessed to UK’s Fabulous magazine that she definitely prefers sensible footwear: “When I’m in high heels I feel like an ogre, I can’t walk and my feet are uncomfortable.”

    The 5’7” starlet continued, “I’m at that awkward height where I’m already kind of tall, so when I put heels on, everyone is like: ‘Oh, well, where’s the ball?

    J-Law is easily the best looking ogre ever. Way better than Princess Fiona.

  7. driguana says:

    and I can’t see the light of day, either…

  8. driguana says:

    and….can’t let go either….

  9. SHV says:

    ” California has about half a snowpack.”
    Not sure what it should look like in a “normal” year but flying in and out of Santa Barbara this week, there were only small patches of snow in the mountains. Overall, things looked very dry.

    • 49erDweet (D) says:

      Old indian proverb: Poor winter snowpack in high country equal empty belly next summer.

      • myiq2xu says:

        The local Indian tribes used to migrate between the mountains and the valley depending on the time of year. According to everything I have seen life in pre-conquest California was pretty easy living. We had a large Indian population but they weren’t warlike because they rarely fought over resources.

        The first Spanish settlers (Father Serra’s Missionaries) thought they were lazy because they never worked very hard. They didn’t have to.

  10. foxyladi14 says:

    I love Old Indian proverbs. 🙂

  11. Somebody says:

    Helenk I was thinking about you today. My grandbaby like trains so took her here

    Apparently they have 1 of only 10 turntables left. They have train rides where you turn on the turntable and go down 2 different tracks. You’ve probably seen better stuff, but I thought I’d share.

    FYI for anybody in the Savannah area with little ones, the kids “museum” next door to the railroad museum is really nice. It’s not so much a museum as it is a really big, interactive playground. My grandbaby did NOT want to leave!

    • myiq2xu says:

      Old Town Sacramento has a really nice RR museum. Old Town is a great place to visit.

      • Somebody says:

        I’ll have to look at our schedule and see if we can work in some time there in June. I know we’ll be near Sacramento. Personally I think 3 days in Yosemite is too much unless we’re suddenly going to take up hiking, which is doubtful given my daughter’s medical conditions. Hubby is Mr. Nature and I’m Ms. Citylife, so we compromise……..but I’m not giving up time in LA…..snicker. Seriously how much communing with nature does one need??? You see the falls, some sequoia trees, hopefully no bears and move on!

  12. myiq2xu says:

    Best damn Texas band EVER:

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