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Forecast: Back-to-back storms to hit Bay Area this week

Rain likely starting on Wednesday

A pair of back-to-back storms will move through the Bay Area this week, with the first coming through on Tuesday through Thursday and the second on Friday through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms will be more like winter-season systems as opposed to springtime rain.

"What's unusual is the model for these storms, and the timing and the strength of these storms," said Carolina Walbrun, a meteorologist with the weather service.

Most of the rain for the first storm will fall in the Bay Area on Wednesday into Thursday, being evenly spread and most areas seeing a half-inch to an inch of rain.

Walbrun said the weekend storm is expected to deliver at least a half-inch of rain.

The thunderstorm risk is low and the storms aren't expected to be major wind events.

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6 people like this
Posted by Global Warming
a resident of Ohlone School
on May 13, 2019 at 9:34 pm

Wake up and smell the coffee people!


6 people like this
Posted by TorreyaMan
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 14, 2019 at 10:15 am

TorreyaMan is a registered user.

These anticipated storms have nothing to do with global warming (which I believe is a real and serious occurrence). April and May storms are not that unusual in the Bay Area, if you look back at long term (many decades) data. Stating (or at least implying) that these anticipated storms are related to global warming is wrong and misleading and does not serve the cause of educating the public and politicians on real global warming concerns.


2 people like this
Posted by Baby It's Warm Out There
a resident of Barron Park
on May 15, 2019 at 2:54 pm

Will global warming affect future retail sales at North Face and Patagonia in CA?

If the weather is gradually getting warmer, then people won't have to dress as heavily and can spend less on winter wear. This is a good sign.

On the other hand, places like Minnesota, the Dakotas and the mid-west as well as back east will still continue to have cold and stormy winters.

Things have a way of balancing out regardless of global warming. Our acquaintances from eastern Russia have told us there's is no such thing. Just periodic changes in weather patterns.


6 people like this
Posted by Climate Change
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 15, 2019 at 3:28 pm

> If the weather is gradually getting warmer...

You clearly have not read about Climate Change. Please see either the IPCC or our 4th national Climate Assessment.

> Things have a way of balancing out regardless of global warming

Trolling or ignorant of facts? If the latter, please read these two reports representing consensus of the scientific community:

Web Link

Web Link

Your attitude and lack of knowledge regarding Climate Change is woeful.


> These anticipated storms have nothing to do with global warming

Atmospheric Rivers in May? They probably do. From today's NYT, digital CA edition about this week's storm:

"As Daniel Swain, a climate researcher and the author of the Weather West blog, put it: “Enjoy the upcoming 10 days of ‘Mayuary.’”

In March, I wrote about how Mr. Swain and other experts predict that such storms are part of increasingly extreme, climate change-driven weather whiplash."

Web Link


There's three links - perhaps the Deniers can share the source of their mistaken claims?


1 person likes this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Posted by Climate Change, a resident of Charleston Meadows

>> There's three links - perhaps the Deniers can share the source of their mistaken claims?

The Deniers are mistaken. Climate Change is here. But, you should not attribute one "unusual" weather event to climate change.


3 people like this
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 15, 2019 at 4:23 pm

"Forecast: Back-to-back development storms to hit Bay Area"

Seeing all the construction, planned growth, and pending legislation,
it looks to me like climate change is a back-burner problem.


18 people like this
Posted by Climate Change
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 15, 2019 at 4:54 pm

> But, you should not attribute one "unusual" weather event to climate change.

I didn't. The climate experts at that links are the ones to read. Hence my: "They probably do".

But I am curious: what's the number of strange or extreme weather events that it will take for you to "attribute (them) to climate change"?

I honestly do not know.

> it looks to me like climate change is a back-burner problem.

Yes, clearly understandable as we all fight our day to day schedules, issues, problems, demons, etc..

Except...

The most recent IPCC highlights why Climate Change is an IMMEDIATE issue for our world. A degree and a half will make all the difference. We have to start fighting now.

Web Link

Looking at one facet alone - refugees and migration due to water shortages, as well as cereal crop failure, will be unlike any previous event.

Refugee waves numbering in the tens or hundreds of millions will destabilize not just individual governments, but entire regions. In short order, that will even effect Palo Alto elite.

Think the Taliban in Afghanistan are a threat to us now? Imagine whole populations moving and the resulting effects.

So my lack of humor with posters that concern-troll about clothing companies is justified, imo.


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Posted by @musical
a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 15, 2019 at 6:46 pm

@musical is a registered user.

If you think we have construction, growth, and litigation now, just wait to see what happens in a few decades if we don't ASAP start to mitigate the impact of climate change. And I do mean ASAP. We have no time to waste.


3 people like this
Posted by Much Ado About Nothing
a resident of Barron Park
on May 15, 2019 at 6:54 pm

"Refugee waves numbering in the tens or hundreds of millions will destabilize not just individual governments, but entire regions. In short order, that will even effect Palo Alto elite."

"Think the Taliban in Afghanistan are a threat to us now? Imagine whole populations moving and the resulting effects."


As long as they don't migrate into the United States. OK if they go to other places.

Not our problem unless they cross the US borders.

Afghanistan is not our problem. It's just a political ploy. Besides the Afghanis won't be coming to America. Too far away and there are no charter airlines to accommodate them.


2 people like this
Posted by @Much Ado
a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm

@Much Ado is a registered user.

"The question is no longer whether someone will leave but when"

See "How climate change is fueling the US border crisis". Web Link

That is just one example.


2 people like this
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 15, 2019 at 7:59 pm

Time to re-read On The Beach by Nevil Shute.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2019 at 8:46 pm

Posted by Climate Change, a resident of Charleston Meadows

>> But I am curious: what's the number of strange or extreme weather events that it will take for you to "attribute (them) to climate change"?

>> I honestly do not know.

One used to read "30 years" as being a good interval over which to determine the "climate" of a particular area, but, because the global climate is now changing so rapidly, it looks like 10 years is more appropriate to establish "the new normal". See the graph of "Annual Temperature vs. 1951-1980 Average" in the discussion of El Nino on this NASA webpage:

Web Link

But notice also that one year is not long enough: 2010 was hotter than 2011, 2012, and 2013.


4 people like this
Posted by Kelt
a resident of Midtown
on May 16, 2019 at 12:43 pm

Deniers be like: 200 global million climate refugees won't effect Americans.

Who says that's a stupid opinion?

The Department of Defense, the State Department, and every thinking person.

Why are they so afraid of reading those reports? They're hiding in a safe space called Fox.


2 people like this
Posted by Climate Change
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 16, 2019 at 3:01 pm

> 2010 was hotter than 2011, 2012, and 2013

And the last five years were hotter.


"The past five years have each now ranked among the five warmest on record. According to NASA, 18 of the 19 warmest years have occurred since 2000.

The warming of the planet is unambiguous and irrefutable."


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