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August 17, 2015



As an addendum, for anyone who tells you "We have a strong El Nino coming, don't worry", read this from a prominent skiing website:

We've had plenty of opportunities to write about The Blob over the last three seasons. The Blob actually refers to a large pool of warmer than expected water that has existed in the Gulf Of Alaska during our last three seasons. We know there seems to be some connection between The Blob and the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge, which resulted in storms being steered well north of Tahoe, and even the Pacific Northwest. Those storms dove into the eastern US, bringing them a snow-filled winter.

So far, most weather bloggers and media outlets have focused only on the El Niño side of the equation. But who will win the battle between The Blob and Godzilla (i.e. El Nino)? One suggestion is that the rotation of the high pressure system associated with The Blob could steer the southern jet directly to the north, sending even more moisture to the east.

That scenario would not be a good one for the west coast, where we don't just need the snow, we also need the water. Hopefully Howard Shekter at MammothWeather.com will be correct in stating that The Blob is cooling and we can get a good dose of much needed snow and rain into Tahoe for this season. We're going to have to wait a bit longer and see how things play out in the battle of the two monsters in weather.

So do not take that unanimous El Nino-will-save-us to the bank quite yet. As usual with climate issues, there is more than one side to the story.


I have 2 coastal redwoods (semper virons(sp?)) that are doing quite nicely without using a drop of drinking water. I also have an old pipe sticking out of my backyard and I think was tapped by a water mill (no longer around, unfortunately). So there is water underground, I guess.
Oh yeah, we don't have a drought problem--we have a "too many people" problem.


There are seven creeks flowing down through different parts of Burlingame plus some old sloughs that have been filled in but probably still have more water than elsewhere in town. Your redwoods are lucky. That old pipe sounds interesting. I wonder if anyone old recalls what it was for in your neighborhood.


I have been doing some research on drought effect trees.
The "Mature Trees" in Burlingame have been living with "Global Warming" events since the late 1970's.
As is the case, dozens of majestic trees have "fallen" in Washington Park in the last 30 years.
The same will happen around town soon as well.
As a community we have to decide whether to be proactive, or reactive.
Forget the new Bayfront Parks proposal. Lets get a Grant Writer to pay for the preservation of the "Old Ones" before all we have is the Urban Forest of Millbrae, SSF, Daly City, San Bruno, San Mateo, etc.
Now or never.

Peter Garrison

Had a well on a property in 200 block of Channing.

Linda Lees Dwyer

We have-thanks to my husband-a hose running out of the back of our washing machine and into our back yard. Our laundry water is being used to keep our fruit trees alive. Found a detergent at Costco that is safe for trees and have cut the detergent in half too.


Nice. I'll have to have a look at Costco. Have you tasted the fruit yet? :-)

Bruce Dickinson

Adds brightness to fruit and is safe and gentle on apple skin, ya know what I mean?

Up the Camino

That is a nice reminder using the link from two years ago. Great to see that your council has managed to do nothing in two years.

Linda Lees Dwyer

Our fruit is fine-oranges are as good as they have ever been-and our tree is over 50 years old. I just cannot let it suffer like some in my neighborhood. My detergent to water ratio is very low and the rinse water goes on the same location, so that I can further dilute it.


From today's DJ

To ratchet up water conservation efforts during the extensive drought, Burlingame officials revived a long dormant and formerly problematic well to pump for municipal projects.

The well, located in Washington Park, produces non-potable water which city workers can use to clean sidewalks, water plants and trees or purposes other than drinking.

According to Burlingame Public Works Director Syed Murtuza, a maximum capacity of 100 gallons can be drawn from the well per minute, into a 40,000 gallon storage tank set up nearby.

Since being rejuvenated last month, the well currently serves as the city’s only dedicated source of non-potable water, said Murtuza.


There is no such thing as a "problematic well" these days :-0

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