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Old 12-26-2011, 11:12 PM
 
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Yeah, but those 22 inches (more in the North Bay, less in the South Bay), still tend to fall this time of year. It's much drier than "average," but averages are made up of wet and dry years. It's not unheard of. In California, inconsistent rainy seasons are the norm. There's a great landscape book by EBMUD (the east bay water district) about drought-resistant plant selections, and one thing they specifically discuss under the climate section is that it tends to be either too much or too little rain during the rainy season, and that this is a natural feature of a Mediterranean climate like ours.
Yes, this is very true
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:45 PM
 
Location: A bit further north than before
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I hope we have a drought this year, tired of the long rainy weather last year
No, no you don't. I and the entire agricultural industry want to smack you right now.
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:52 PM
 
Location: California
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Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

After being stranded in Phoenix for fifteen years, I still love to go for walks in the rain or sometimes we don't let a light rain stop a bike ride. It is beyond me how that place still exists.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:01 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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Based on tree ring studies, 40 or even 50 year droughts are possible here.

Watch out!
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:37 PM
 
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What most people in California don't understand is that it was meant to dry and burn every so often. Fire suppression in the last 100 years has actually set up a catastrophic event that will come someday. A severe drought during a winter will most likely set the stage for the coming fire storms. Might not happen this year but it will some time.
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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What most people in California don't understand is that it was meant to dry and burn every so often. Fire suppression in the last 100 years has actually set up a catastrophic event that will come someday. A severe drought during a winter will most likely set the stage for the coming fire storms. Might not happen this year but it will some time.
Before or after the giant earthquake that will supposedly cast us all out to sea?
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:25 PM
 
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Before or after the giant earthquake that will supposedly cast us all out to sea?

That is just stupid and you know it.

What I am describing is a natural occurring event that happens when all the right environmental conditions come together during California's fire season. Drought, below normal rain and excess fuel from years of fighting fires.

California's ecosystems developed over many eons with fire as an integral part. Take away that fire and you have a recipe for disaster.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:38 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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Our ecosystems need fire to be healthy.
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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That is just stupid and you know it.
Have another drink and chill out. We are all too aware in this state that Mother Nature sees about her business as She sees fit, whether the humans try in vain to intervene or not. Among other events, the fires will come.
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