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Climate Change

From UCLA’s Center for Climate Science

The Sierra Nevada Mtn range looms large in the lives of California’s 40 million residents. The food we grow and water we drink depends on the mountains and their effects on climate. That’s why researchers in UCLA’s Center for Climate Science spent the past three years projecting how climate change will affect the Sierra Nevada. On April 2, the final report was released.
The state’s climate is expected to change dramatically by the end of the century, presenting challenges to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to new climate realities.

“There is a lot of positive climate action in California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Alex Hall, director of the climate center and a professor with UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. “On adaptation planning, the state has shown strong leadership. I’m really encouraged by the openness of officials across the state to examine climate change impacts and plan for them.”

The report synthesizes a research effort that produced five academic publications, including papers on temperature, snowpack during drought and runoff timing. Here are some of the most critical findings, based on what the researchers expect by the end of the century if carbon emissions are not reduced significantly:

On warming:

At middle elevations — 5,000 to 8,000 feet above sea level — temperatures could rise from 7 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit, in part because of the snow albedo feedback, in which melting snow reveals darker surfaces that absorb more heat, further amplifying warming.
In foothills and valleys, temperatures would increase between 5 and 7 degrees.

On snowpack, which serves as a natural reservoir for the state’s water supply:

More precipitation will fall as rain instead of snow, and snow will melt more rapidly.
On average, snowpack across the entire Sierra on April 1 would be 64 percent less than it was when measured in the years 1981–2000.

Recent UCLA article forecasts severe precipitation future for CA

Another Article published 5.21.18

According to UCLA-led research published today, building infrastructure to bolster local water resources isn’t just good for people and the environment — it also makes economic sense. https://www.ioes.ucla.edu/article/making-an-economic-case-for-local-water-in-l-a-county/

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Large storm to bring lots of rain to VC

3/20/18 at 10:20AM Large storm predicted from SLO down to LA.

Weather Summary

A major Atmospheric River event expected to impact Ventura County beginning Tuesday, March 20, 2018 afternoon through Thursday, March 22, 2018 evening. Rain should start spreading over Ventura County this afternoon. Rainfall is expected to range from 2 to 5 inches along the coast with 4 to 8 inches for foothill areas. Some mountain areas may see over 10 inches. Rainfall totals fall off quickly toward the east with the highest totals along Western Ventura County and along Nordhoff Ridge to Santa Paula Creek. The latest model runs are showing the highest totals occurring in Santa Barbara County. Models are also indicating up to 36 hours of moderate to heavy rain with intensities 0.3 to 0.8 in/hr with areas with 1.0 in/hr possible. The highest intensities should occur late Wednesday March 21, 2018 through Thursday, March 22, 2018 morning. Latest models lowered rainfall totals in coastal areas but increased totals for the foothills around Ojai. Clearing is expected on Thursday, March 222, 2018 evening with drier weather expected over the weekend with a possible light rain event mid to late next week.

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Rainfall Updates

Annual Rainfall Totals for Ojai for last 6 years (Ojai 
annual average rainfall of 21.32")
   2018   11.42" (as of May 22, 2018)
   2017   27.72"
   2016   10.13"
   2015   11.86"
   2014   9.16"
   2013   9.07" 
data from VC Watershed Protection District Rainfall Report

Rainfall totals by Month for Ojai

Regional Rainfall Data

Precip for March 2018 & for the current Water Year (October 1,2017-March 31,2018) for select locations in San Luis, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.  Good March, but still below normal for the water year.

Links to Rainfall Data

Links to NOAA Rainfall Forecasts

Radar Products

  • Sulphur Mountain (Ojai) Doppler

  • Rainfall estimates – 1hr, storm total

Following these sites:

Weather Underground

Thomas Fire Burn Area

https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/ca/ojai/KCAOJAI29

Daniel Swain at Weather West.com http://weatherwest.com/archives/6203
Pineapple Express deluge in Southern California; high risk of Thomas Fire flash floods & mudslides
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Water in the Local NEWS

Ventura River Watershed Council
Next meeting Thursday November 3rd 2016, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am  discussion of the Draft Ojai Basin Alternative Groundwater Sustainability Plan, and an update on the Ventrua River instream flow requirement. The Bell Arts Factory  community room 432 N. Ventura Ave, Ventura, CA 93001.
At July 7th, 2016  meeting Ventura River Flow Requirements were discussed with
Kevin DeLanos, State Water Resources Control Board Division of Water Rights, Instream Flow Unit
Kevin spoke about Governor Brown’s California Water Action Plan directive for the
State Water Board and the California Department of Fish and
Wildlife to work together to establish a flow requirement to
protect endangered salmonids while balancing the other
beneficial uses of water.
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Rainfall Data- yes, we  had a little rain the end of October, 2016—enough to clean off the dusty leaves, .74 inches.

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Rainscape Designs provide a lush landscape – even in the drought!

Rainscape Design captures rainwater and survives the drought!

AFTER:  It Works! The berms (high spots) and swales (low spots ) direct rainwater from the roof, gutters and downspouts into basins that slow, sink and spread rainwater into the landscape. The rainwater doesn’t runoff but is collected and stored in mulched basins.  This landscape is “Ocean Friendly” and “River Friendly” and even “Watershed Friendly”—  it captures and stores rainwater and reduces runoff into our rivers, creeks and the ocean.

Rainscape Design captures rainwater!

BEFORE:  The grass has gotta go!  In Ojai, one square foot of turf requires about 51 inches of water a year (more in the summer, less in the winter).  It also needs mowing, edging, blowing, irrigation maintenance, fertilizer etc.  It is also flat and water runs off.  It also attract gophers.img_4734

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The Joy of Lawn Replacement-Santa Barbara Thursday October 30th 2014 7-8:30 pm FREE

> The Joy of Lawn Replacement Santa Barbara
> Thursday October 30th 2014 7-8:30 pm FREE
> Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library
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> How you can save Santa Barbara and the world by replacing your lawn with natives and/or fruit trees. You can do so much better than grass, and with less water… >
> Sponsored by SB Water Conservation, Sweetwater collaborative >
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> See inspiring examples; learn how to do much better than grass with less water, time and money. >
> Lawn is one of Santa Barbara city’s biggest water uses. In the case of ornamental lawns, there’s especially little to show for all the money, maintenance, water and chemicals sunk into what is basically a landscape fashion from the last millennium. >
> Get ahead of the curve and learn how to improve–
> your and the city’s water budget
> outdoor living space
> water efficiency
> water harvesting and infiltration
> microclimate improvement
> privacy
> food production
> beauty
> ecology
> climate effects
> biodiversity
> See real life examples from audience members, and learn how to apply these principles to clients’ and your own yards. > For landscape architects, landscapers, architects, and homeowners. >
> Background reading
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> The Problem of Lawns
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> …Historically, lawns first became popular among the gentry of Western Europe, where they were managed either as pasture or by labor-intensive hand sheering or scything. The modern lawn seems to be a deprecated form of the highly manicured English landscape gardens which became popular among the nobility in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries. But wasn’t until the 19th century with the invention and mass production of the lawnmower that lawns really took off in North America.
> Today, American lawns occupy some 30-40 million acres of land. Lawnmowers to maintain them account for some 5 percent of the nation’s air pollution – probably more in urban areas. Each year more than 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled during the refilling of lawn and garden equipment–more than the oil that the Exxon Valdez spilled.
> Homeowners spend billions of dollars and typically use 10 times the amount of pesticide and fertilizers per acre on their lawns as farmers do on crops; the majority of these chemicals are wasted due to inappropriate timing and application. These chemicals then runoff and become a major source of water pollution.Last but not least, 30 to 60 percent of urban fresh water is used on lawns. Most of this water is also wasted due to poor timing and application… >
> American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn
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> The often-crazed love affair between Americans and their lawns is Ted Steinberg’s subject in “American Green.” Mr. Steinberg, an environmental historian at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, likens this relationship, and the insane pursuit of lawn perfection, to obsessive-compulsive disorder, and he may very well be right. That would at least explain the behavior of a homeowner who clips her entire front yard with a pair of hand shears, or Richard Widmark’s reaction on waking up in the hospital after a severe lawn mower accident in 1990. “The question I asked the doctors was not ‘Will I ever act again?’ ” he later recalled, “but ‘Will I ever mow again?’ ”
> How did a plant species ill suited to the United States, and the patrician taste for a rolling expanse of green take root from the shores of the Atlantic to the desiccated terrain of Southern California? The short answer is that it didn’t, not until after the Civil War. >