Longer-term forecasts can help agencies do better water management

My, oh, my. Things progress. The weather man used to mainly tell you what had already happened and when he made a forecast, your best odds were to count on the opposite.

The science has progressed. And it’s going to progress further. And that’s good for all of us.

Either way, local water managing outfits such as Yuba Water Agency would like to know – extremely dry or extremely wet – so they can take the appropriate actions: save water up as much as possible; or release water to make room for more. We’re counting on them to provide water for irrigation and to help keep us safe from flooding all at the same time.

Weather predictions are vital to the operations of the agency and it’s Yuba River system of dams.

The hot topic for research is how “atmospheric rivers” work; and how to tell where and when they’ll be and what sort of weather they’ll cause. 

The state is studying atmospheric rivers – causes and impacts of climate change. They’re hoping to be able to develop methods for predicting weather beyond the usual 10- to 14-day forecasts.

We still feel like we’re going to get it one way or the other

For all of us who were doubting that Pacific Gas & Electric would be able to afford to do  all the vegetation control (all at once, anyway) needed to prevent another round of devastating wildfires, this: we’re going to pay for it one way or another, up front or afterwards. And it’s probably more expensive dealing with it after fires occur.

A study released earlier in the week showed that the state will be dealing with catastrophic scenarios if the fix for utility-caused wildfires isn’t found.

“Rates would skyrocket, on average by 50 percent in the first year, to keep up with new fires,” said the study author – Steven Weissman of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.

According to the wire story, the amount of claims resulting from the fires of 2017 and 2018 that have been linked to PG&E could exceed $30 billion. The company’s yearly operating revenue is $13 billion.

How does the company get its hands on the funding to do the vegetation control needed before people lose their property and lives and before another round of lawsuits? 

We like the notion that, around here, you’re not far from the country

Not everyone will agree, but we enjoyed the fact that a young black bear found its way into Yuba City. Here we are, all civilized and citified ... and here he was, roaming into town as a reminder that we’re surrounded by a great countryside.

The bear was sighted around midnight near Harter Parkway and Butte House Road. At first, it was decided to leave the bear alone with hopes he’d find his way back to the country. But a couple hours later, another citizen called and reported it at around Ainsley Avenue and Gray Avenue. 

Finally it climbed up a tree.

He was tranquilized and taken into custody by Fish and Wildlife. It was reported that he was released later Wednesday morning into the foothills east of Marysville, and seemed to be in pretty good shape.

It was estimated he was two or three years old and probably out on his own for the first time – they usually leave their mothers around the two-year mark. 

It was probably lucky for the bear that it was an after-midnight ramble and no notable human silliness got him in trouble. 

Thanks for visiting.

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