The new precipitation year began July 1 and after four months the Lake Almanor Basin has accumulated 2.10 inches, or about 63 percent of the long-term average.
Almost all of that arrived in early October, either as rain or in the form of two inches of wet snow. A slow start to the precipitation season is relatively common for this region as we complete our customary summer drought period.
June 6, 2011 - The tropics and much of the Northern Hemisphere are likely to experience an irreversible rise in summer temperatures within the next 20 to 60 years if atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations continue to increase, according to a new climate study by Stanford University scientists. The results will be published later this month in the journal Climatic Change.
In the study, the Stanford team concluded that many tropical regions in Africa, Asia and South America could see "the permanent emergence of unprecedented summer heat" in the next two decades. Middle latitudes of Europe, China and North America – including the United States – are likely to undergo extreme summer temperature shifts within 60 years, the researchers found.