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The Big Wobble 17 Feb 2017
Massive storm to dump a further foot of rain on California this weekend as two small Earthquakes are recorded near Oroville Dam
A massive storm aims for Southern California On Friday and Saturday, engineers are frantically reducing the outflow from Lake Oroville as major Storm set to dump up to a foot of rain over the early part of the weekend.
The next name on the Southern California Weather Force list is Lucifer; he’ll certainly pack a major punch. With areas Ventura north and westward starting as early as Thursday, the strongest effects will be on Friday for the metros and high desert areas and Saturday in the Eastern Deserts. The SCWF Flood Watch is in place.
Two small Earthquakes were recorded near Lake Oroville in the last 24 hrs. which appear to be a result of the fast lake level changes, and the subsequent release of pressure from water weight, reports WUWT.
The reservoir exceeded its capacity over the weekend, which sent water overflowing into an unlined, emergency spillway. That overflow sent soil, rock and forest debris into the Feather River below.
More than 100,000 residents south of the dam remain under an evacuation advisory and should be prepared to flee to higher ground should the dam overflow and the spillways collapse, authorities said, reports The LA Times.
Yet another storm is going to hit the area early next week.
The stricken Oroville Dam is in for more torrential rain as the jet stream will continuously pound California over the next ten days and bring huge amounts of moisture from the Pacific Ocean into the state.
The dam will take a direct hit as the jet stream pounds California.
After five years of a miserable drought, incredible amounts of rain have piled up in just two months across low-lying areas of the state, mountains of snow have accumulated in the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and much more is to come over the next 10 days.
Since the beginning of the year California has received over 200% above what is normal for this time of the year with much more to come in the next ten days
A storm arrived on Wednesday night witch will continue into Thursday with a second storm to California by the weekend.
The average annual rainfall of about 50 inches had already been overtaken with 68 inches in 2017 alone and another 12+ inches is possible over the next week-to-ten days, reports Anthony Watts, from wattsupwiththat.com.
Computermodels indicate a powerful jet stream will continuously pound California over the next ten days, dumping more than 11 inches of rain over the Lake Oroville watershed.
Could add 120 feet to reservoir levels.
According to wattsupwiththat.com, the 3,600 sq kilometer watershed will add 120 feet to reservoir levels.
California officials say they are confident the dam will hold. But even if the dam itself holds, if the 120-ft number is correct I don’t see how flooding won’t be even worse than this past weekend.
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