Kcbs, Larry Sharoni, National Oceanic And Hemispheric Administration discussed on KCBS Radio Morning News
If it seems like there's rains never going to stop. There is a good reason KCBS Larry Sharoni tells us that this winter here in the bay area is way above average. And it's the wettest on record for the rest of the United States. University of Illinois climate scientists Donald wiggles says increasing precipitation is a sign of climate change a warmer atmosphere. Basic physics tells us should be holding more water, vapor. And so so one of the things we're seeing these intense rainstorms in the west we're seeing that coming in atmosphere rivers in the midwest where where we're getting both extreme precipitation as as rainfall and snowfall the National Oceanic and hemispheric administration says that from December to February the lower forty eight states got about nine inches of rain and snow which is just over two inches more than the twentieth century normal compared to weather Wibble says climate is like a long baseball season. We'd talked about thirty year averages of weather, whereas what happened this winter is more like a four game series. So if you're seeing something in that four game series that is a tendency for the entire season. And that's telling you something, but it's also could just be a pretty unusual event as well. Larry Sharoni KCBS even here in the bay. Where the numbers are highly variable Oakland, for example, is just three percent above normal. Rainfall for this day to the rainfall your again begins October first and calculated up till now Oakland only about three percent of of which opens like our little bay area desert right now. Yeah. San Jose about twelve percent above San Francisco about fourteen percent above. And of course, the real impact has been in the north bay where Santa Rosa right now with over thirty seven inches of rain. So far this rainfall season is thirty percent above normal. KCBS.