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‘Bomb Cyclone’ Hits Northern California, Dumps Record Rain, Snow; Water Officials Claim Drought Isn’t Over

Droughts are naturally occurring; water shortages are created by government

By Katy Grimes, January 5, 2023 1:04 pm

We are 5 days into the New Year and the California Sierra snowpack is already at 177% of normal, thanks to recent storms and the “Bomb Cyclone” hitting Northern California. Statewide, the average snow-water equivalent is 17.1 inches — 174% of the historical average, SacBee.com reported.

Eight feet of snow fell in the Sierras over New Year’s weekend, and another 3 – 4 feet of snow is anticipated in the mountain range with this current storm. Wind gusts of 65 mph were recorded at Sacramento International Airport last weekend, and are expected to hit 65 mph again.

Northern California hasn’t seen a storm like this since… last year. The October 24, 2021 atmospheric river was one for the record books. “October 24th, 2021 will go down as the wettest day for many cities around the Bay Area, setting records along the way,” wrote the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes in their review of the event. “Portions of Northern California received more than 15 inches of total precipitation from the three storms. Intense rainfall caused flooding in the Bay Area and triggered multiple slides in Northern California.”

But California officials can never let a crisis go to waste.

“While we see a terrific snowpack and that in and of itself is an opportunity to breathe a sigh of relief, we are by no means out of the woods when it comes to the drought,” Karla Nemeth, the state Department of Water Resources Director said.

With more reports of flash flooding in creeks and rivers, and ongoing rain, Nemeth’s statement seems patently ridiculous.

Remember, droughts are naturally occurring; water shortages are created by government.

But here is the likely reason – the State is still letting water out of our partially filled reservoirs.

Folsom Lake is currently at 58% capacity. The inflow of water is 7,824 cubic feet, but the outflow of water is 21,634 cubic feet.

Lake Oroville is at 36% of capacity.

Shasta Lake is at 34% of capacity.


With the current storms, flooding and abundant water flows, the state should be sending the “excess” water flowing down to the Central Valley and Southern California for localized storage. The Temperance Flat and Sites Reservoirs should be storing water. However, neither reservoir is built, but the water bonds were passed by voters. More than $30 billion worth of water bonds have been passed by California voters, but not used for additional water storage.

Temperance Flat Dam is a proposed dam project on the San Joaquin River west of Auberry, California. The dam’s main purpose would be to supplement storage capacity in the upper San Joaquin River basin. The Sites Reservoir is a proposed offstream reservoir project west of Colusa in the Sacramento Valley.

These are the inflows and outflows of the perpetually low San Luis Reservoir:

This is a photo I took in October 2022 of the San Luis Reservoir.

California San Luis Reservoir. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe, 10/31/2022)

California has water, and California has water storage, but it is depleted for myriad environmental reasons.

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6 thoughts on “‘Bomb Cyclone’ Hits Northern California, Dumps Record Rain, Snow; Water Officials Claim Drought Isn’t Over

  1. The “Drought” won’t be over until we stop the NWO elites from dumping all our water into the ocean.

    Their day is over, they just don’t know it – yet.

  2. Thanks again for another insightful take on our historic rain storms.
    It is sinful to let this gift get washed into the ocean.
    Edward Ring has proposed several solutions. Your idea falls perfectly in line with his proposition to use off stream reservoirs.
    [“Off-stream reservoirs: The virtue of an off-stream reservoir is that it will not block the flow of a natural river with a high dam. Instead, off-stream reservoirs are constructed in arid valleys, and flood runoff is pumped into them during storm events. The water is then redirected to farms and cities as needed during the summer months.”]
    You have featured his series on water abundance. The Epoch times a few weeks back featured a condensed version.

    As Katy points out, the party in control is known to not let a crisis go to waste. Would it not be more gratifying to be the party that brings solutions? Instead they will let the water run into the ocean and bankrupt the farmers and kill more animals.
    Water is life.

  3. As Katy pointed out, California officials (aka Democrats and their minions) never let a crisis go to waste. They want Californians in a perpetual state of drought crisis. Why would they ever want to yield any of their power over Californians?

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