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  1. Really, most of Europe and North Africa have well above what would be expected temperature wise for the given latitudes. You have to go east to the steppes of Ukraine/Russia to get a more latitude appropriate climate. Without the jet the Scandinavian countries would consist of denuded tundra rather than coniferous forests. No more English gardens and London would be more like Reykjavik. Which is funny because growing up I always strongly associated London with snow. It must have been all those versions of a Christmas Carol. I assume snow in London was a far more regular occurrence during
  2. NYC proper dodged the bullet. Although really a few inches of snow with sleet/mix/rain on top is more dangerous than a foot for drivers and pedestrians. The dividing line moved just enough to the west...the NAM nailed it this time. The city didn't get hammered but a lot of the people that work there did since many of the commuting suburbs are digging out. I don't think those along the coast will be skeptical of the warnings next time. They've been through enough of these to know that you shrug off the forecasts at your own peril. But even for the people in Jersey, Westchester Co, etc
  3. So far south? lol. Relative to where you are maybe. But remember you are the outlier not NYC. The fact that your location doesn't receive more snow than it does given your latitude is more surprising. NYC is further north than Beijing and Seoul. It has got a pretty expected climate given it's latitude and continental location (west to east flow). Speaking for myself I'm not quite as jealous of a mid march blizzard in the eastern cities. The snow all comes at once and it will probably all be long gone next week. Chicago is better. They tend to accumulate their snow in smaller to m
  4. Interesting question. But not one that's asked too much because most of the state's supply, that's isn't still part of the Sierra snow pack, is stored in the extensive reservoir/aqueduct system. There are however small towns in the Central Valley, particularly along the foothills of the that still rely entirely on ground water. Interesting that most of California is now drought free. But it would still be great to get another decent winter next year to consolidate this.
  5. What a difference an extremely wet (and snowy) week makes. D4 the dark maroon shade (exceptional drought) has now been completely eliminated. A year ago much of Southern and Central CA were that shade. The D3, or severe drought, in red still constituted a large area. Now only a small bit of it remains the Santa Barbara-Ventura areas have been downgraded from Exceptional to Severe.
  6. lol, well outside SE California and the Mojave the inhabited areas west of the mts in Southern California are not technically a desert. Even though for the last half decade it sure has seemed that way. https://www.kcet.org/socal-focus/los-angeles-is-not-a-desert-stop-calling-it-one Water storage isn't really the main issue and that wouldn't alleviate the demand-supply shortfall to a great degree. Water infrastructure in this state is massive already. It needs to be updated, modernized in some areas but new infrastructure is not really needed. http://www.sacbee.com/opin
  7. Actually it's very wet at the moment. Comfortably above normal in most locations. That map just shows it's going to require plenty more to make up for several dry years in a row. While the drought is still officially ongoing in SoCal that map has improved there as well. The darkest shade titled "exceptional drought" has shrunk a fair bit this winter, now just a small blob around the Santa Barbara-Ventura-Thousand Oaks area.
  8. This is what we were hoping for the previous winter with the El Nino but it seems Texas and other areas got the wet weather. There were certainly no great expectations this winter that's for sure. Here my station has now recorded just shy of 13in since Oct. 1. So even if it dries up after next week, it will still be a boon relative to the past 5 years. The main boost has been the snowpack in the Sierras. That's where the drought has really done the damage to the state's water supplies. The grasses here have greened as you might expect, verdant hillsides from foothills to the coast.
  9. It has been a few years since I've had a forecast like this:
  10. I would love it. I'm not a fan of the cold. But I do love a snowy landscape. There aren't a lot of snow lovers in California. Many people here are transplants from other parts of the country who come here for the climate. There's a reason California is the most populous state. LA wasn't even in the top 50 most populous cities back in 1900. However, I find this "great" climate pretty boring. Our ongoing "event" at the moment is the historical drought. So literally our main whether phenomena is literally nothing happening. So I have to laugh at Brits bemoaning their supposedly uneven
  11. I'm aware of that. But the UK has had a maritime climate influenced by the gulf stream since long before records began. So even in the context of that period it will never be an enlightening comparison because it's not a continental climate. Even during the time frame you cite there were relatively mild winters. But I'm not unacquainted with Britain's chances for snow. I clearly remember hearing and reading about the events in December of 2010. And I'm also well aware of the winters of yore like 63 which has become iconic, even being referenced in hit songs like "Life in a Norther
  12. Well stating the obvious, but needs to be remembered... it's a different climate. Here we get nothing. Ever. You have to go up the mountains.
  13. Well at least Boston gets a break this year (so far). They got pummeled last year (along with Chicago). But that was more the cumulative affect of several storms. Nothing on this scale in terms of a single snow event.
  14. I've seen some Brits poke fun at Londoners about coping with snow. Particularly those from points further north in the UK. Londoners have nothing on the residents of Atlanta. Just a bit of the white stuff causes delirium: https://youtu.be/C77dnW47Bl4 and chaos: https://youtu.be/bH5C3E8JDpI And if they happen to receive a few inches (Daily Show from a couple years ago but it still applies): Jon Stewart slams Atlanta for 2 inches of snow
  15. Well I live and grew up in SoCal so I don't feel sorry for you either. It's a weather black hole here. I did however spend six years living in other parts of the country. 4 in Connecticut and the other two just outside Chicago. We had some big dumps and nice falls in Conn. but my two winters in Chicago were brutal. I'd say the largest fall we had there from one storm was about 13 ins. but when it snowed it stayed for weeks, sometimes turning this disgusting brown color. The cold in Illinois never seemed to let up. Living there was like living in an eternal meat locker, just hoping Spr
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