The California Sierra Nevada Mountains has experienced near record snowfall totals this year (h/t: Drudge Report). So far, 61 feet of snow has fallen, just four feet shy of the record of 65 feet set in the winter of 1950-51.
Ski resorts are also seeing records broken. With 605 inches of snowfall this season Mammouth Mountain has smashed their previous record of 579 inches. This does not include April which sees an average of about 33 inches.
Snowfall in the Sierra’s is at times feast or famine. One year they could see eight feet of total snowfall, then the next year see over 40 feet. There is no question California has experienced a drought over the last few years. But this is not unusual. During the height of global cooling (1960’s-1970’s), the Sierra’s experienced less than normal snowfall totals for at least three straight years, and only exceeded average three out of eight years. During the recent California drought actual snowfall totals exceeded average six times over a 10 year period. And in the last three years, the snowfall totals were more than 100 inches over average each year.
As for the Global Warming excuse I have a feeling that OwlGore and his group will be sure to say “See, Global Warming is happening, how else do you explain the record snowfalls”. Never mind they had also blamed the California drought on Global Warming (See here and here). When it is hot, blame global warming, when it is cold, blame global warming, when is doesn’t rain, blame global warming, when it does rain, blame global warming. So basically, they have all bases covered. Back in the day, we used call this “weather” over the short period and climate over the long period.
BTW: Governor Jerry Brown is expected to officially declare the drought over. Can we do the same with the whole Global Warming scam?