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Super El Nino Bears Down On California

El Nino Preparedness

Image from SierraNewsOnline.com

California residents at this point in time should be pretty well versed in the need to prepare for natural disasters. From earthquakes to wildfires to flooding and landslides, The Golden State is no stranger to the potential wrath of Mother Nature.

Typically California disasters strike with little early warning time. Be it the 7.0+ quakes that shake their way underfoot at startling speed or the horrific wildfires that turn entire neighborhoods to smoking rubble in less time than it takes to escape their path, usually there’s not much advance heads up.

The Super El Nino that experts agree is now 100% certain to impact the Western US this winter is the strongest in recorded history. Looking at historical El Nino data and the weather impacts they’ve caused, it’s clear that California is getting a rare chance to be prepared this time.

Expected impacts are high winds, monsoonal rain (and heavy snowpack at high elevations), landslides and mudslides. Expect loss of power and utilities for extended periods as discussed below.

What Can You Do?

  • Prepare Yourself Now – Get educated on being prepared with our Zero To Ready Guide.
  • Start building your ready bags. Focus on food, water, shelter, clothing, first aid.
  • Get an early warning system. We recommend the Uniden BC346XTC Handheld Scanner.
  • Create a local communication network with your friends and neighbors.
  • Don’t wait for the Government to bail you out. Think Katrina level impact and response.
  • Share this post with your friends. Awareness is the first step to surviving. Then Preparedness.
  • Stay positive. It will be rough. You will get through it if you take steps now.

Via sierranewsonline.com COARSEGOLD – Though not every El Niño brings torrential rain and the resulting disasters, analysts believe with 95 percent certainty that this winter’s event will do just that, says John Kirk of the California Department of Water Resources.

The larger the El Niño, the more significant the possibility of long thin bands of atmospheric moisture, called Atmospheric Rivers, said Kirk. Microwave images show these rivers streaming across the Pacific Ocean at 6,000 to 7,000 miles in length and a mile wide, carrying as much moisture as the Amazon River.

“This type of rainfall in the great storms of 1861-1862 brought sequoias as large as 30 feet in diameter down to the Valley floor,” said Kirk.

The ARkStorm (Atmospheric River 1,000 Storm) scenario has California experiencing 23 days of rain, causing massive flooding in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys, with anticipated flooding of an area 20 miles wide, 300 miles long, and up to 18 feet deep in places. This would be the costliest disaster in the state’s history, and ten times worse than Hurricane Katrina because it would cover the entire state, said Kirk, who noted that this type of storm occurs every 100-200 years.

The YLOA has compiled a list of resources and website links to assist everyone in preparing for this type of emergency. It is available on their website at http://yloa.org/safety/be-prepared.

 

 

Paul Stevens

Written by Paul Stevens

I've always been an outdoorsman. Growing up in the mountains
twenty five miles from the nearest town (of only 1000 people
even!) will do that for you.

Since moving on from my first career as a wildland firefighter,
I've run a travel adventure company, built my own home in the
wilds of North Idaho and recently taken a stab at this writing
thing. Happy to be a Ready Tribe contributor.

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