Feb 12, 2014
UPDATE: Redding breaks rainfall record Sunday
Posted February 9, 2014 at 6 p.m., updated February 9, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Water begins to collect in Lake Oroville at Lime Saddle Marina as rain returned to help with drought conditions Saturday in Paradise.
What a difference a week makes, as rainfall totals in the Redding area have gone from bleak to record breaking.
Rainfall at the Redding Municipal Airport broke a record Sunday, with .82 inches falling over the 24-hour period ending at 4:30 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.
That was the most rain recorded at the airport since .62 of an inch fell in 1992. The highest rainfall ever recorded in Redding, before the official National Weather Service rain gauge was moved to the airport, was 2.3 inches in 1961, the weather service said.
Sunday’s rainfall was nearly twice the rainfall total for all of January. And since the storm arrived Wednesday, 3.18 inches of rain has fallen, moving the monthly total well above the normal of 1.82 inches for this date in February, the weather service says.
While the drought is certainly not over, the recent storm has made a dent in what state water officials have said is an extreme drought that has hung over the entire state.
The rain is expected to take a breather on Monday, but there is a slight chance of rain for the North State on Tuesday. And rain is expected to resume Wednesday and Thursday, according to the weather service.
Weather forecasters cautioned that it would take weeks of similar storms to end the state’s immediate drought worries.
Despite receiving about 5 inches rain from the recent storm, the amount of water in Lake Shasta on Sunday was still only about half of average for the date, according to the state Department of Water Resources.
A winter-storm warning that was not due to expire until early Monday remained in effect in the greater Lake Tahoe region, where estimates indicated the mighty lake itself had received 13.5 billion gallons of water in a 24-hour period that ended Sunday morning, said meteorologist Scott McGuire in Reno. After subsisting on man-made snow for much of the season, Tahoe’s ski resorts gratefully embraced the more than three feet of new snow they received over two days, although the gift heightened the risk of avalanches.
“This event, while it certainly isn’t going to take us out of the drought, we couldn’t have asked for a better storm,” McGuire said. “We are seeing very, very impressive rainfall and snowfall amounts.”
Parts of the northern San Francisco Bay area saw sizable amounts of rain along with flash-flood warnings. The community of Woodacre, which has the highest base elevation in Marin County, received more than 10 inches since the storm moved in Friday, while Sebastopol in Sonoma County received more than 8 inches and downtown San Francisco more than two inches, said Austin Cross, a National Weather Service forecaster meteorologist in Monterey.
The storm, powered by a warm, moisture-packed system from the Pacific Ocean known as a Pineapple Express, was expected to bring another eight inches of rain and snow to the Lake Tahoe area on Sunday, but less than an inch more rain to the Bay Area before it moves east and ends overnight. Forecasts for the week showed a possibility of rain returning to the northern part of the state Wednesday.
“Even this fairly good amount of rain is not enough to catch us up to what is normal for this time of year,” Cross said. “It certainly helps, but we’re not there yet.”
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Feb 11, 2014
PNP comment: Hum, what a concept? Build and or improve dams and water stroage reservoirs. So why would “they” want to destroy four perfectly-well maintained hydro-electrical dams in the Klamath River? — Editor Liz Bowen
Construction on Folsom Dam began in the late 1940s and was completed in 1956, forming Folsom Lake. The Dam provided electrical energy, flood control and allowed for the expansion of the Sacramento Valley.
Folsom Historical Society
A 600-mile stretch of roadway will be shut down in legs because of a billion-dollar project to improve the flood protection rating of a Northern California dam, a newspaper
The closures from Portland, Ore. to Folsom are needed to transport massive new flood-control gates for Folsom Dam north of Sacramento, the Sacramento Bee reported on Monday.
The gates are designed to release water earlier and faster during a flood, providing greater protection to the Sacramento region from storms on the American River.
Each assembled gate is about the size of 12 school buses strapped together in a cube. Though they are being transported in pieces, Interstate 5 and other roads will have to be shut down to accommodate them, the Bee reported.
The gates were fabricated in Clackamas, Ore. The first shipment is expected later this month.
“It’ll be pretty interesting, pretty spectacular, for them to be moving something this large down from Oregon,” said Rick Johnson, executive director of the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency. “I anticipate it’ll be similar logistics to moving the space shuttle.”
Interstate 5 will only be closed at night, with the trucks delivering the different pieces staying off the roadway during the day, said Army Corps project manager Katie Huff.
The contractors on the project are working with the California Highway Patrol, state transportation department and local governments on the details of the deliveries, which will take months to complete, according to the Bee.
All the parts are expected to be on site by May.
Folsom Dam’s refurbishment is largely being funded by the federal government. It is expected to be completed in 2017.