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Daniel Swain
Well, it's official: most of California just experienced driest February on record. Locations like Ukiah, Sacramento, Redding, & San Francisco recorded no rain *at all* during a month at peak of the rainy season. Wildfire concerns are elevated this week.
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Daniel Swain Mar 1
Replying to @pmalan1979
It would seem not--didn't even tip the bucket at 0.01 (unless it was after midnight).
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Daniel Swain Mar 1
Replying to @vv87_robert
Probably depends which fuels we're talking about. Wet March would cause extra grass/low brush growth (which will dry out in summer regardless), increasing fuel load. But legacy of very dry winter will be felt regardless via decreased FM in slower-responding fuels (forest, etc.).
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Cristi Proistosescu Mar 1
Replying to @Weather_West
Am I reading this right? Death Valley has been one of the wettest places in California this month?
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Daniel Swain Mar 1
Replying to @cristiproist
Death Valley probably was "wetter" in absolute terms than some spots in Feb 2020, since much of CA saw 0.00 and DV saw some precip. But these are relative anomalies (percentiles), so typical value in DV is already quite low.
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Michael K. Woods Mar 1
Replying to @Weather_West
To be a smidge more precise shouldn’t 29 February be included in the map too?
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Daniel Swain Mar 1
Replying to @michael_k_woods
Yes, that data will be available tomorrow (but won't change the story--since it didn't rain yesterday in the locations that had record dry Februaries).
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Kay Zed Mar 1
Replying to @Weather_West
Drought restrictions in California will make fighting a pandemic so much worse. Shorter showers, less hand-washing and clothes worn longer to save on laundry -- were the norm during the last drought.
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Daniel Swain Mar 1
Replying to @KayZed14 @PeterGleick
I highly doubt there has *ever* been a drought response/water conservation measure in California that has called for reduced hand washing or reductions in urban water to a degree that threatened public health and hygiene. cc
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