As the fall season comes, it brings with it some potential relief for the California drought. Although it may bring the potential of downpours, there are also many things to consider for your own home to withstand the upcoming El Niño.
To give you “food for thought,” consider the writing of John Steinback of Cannery Row and Grapes of Wrath about the Salinas Valley (Central California) during the 40’s:
“I have spoken of the rich years when the rainfall was plentiful. But there were dry years too, and they put a terror on the valley. The water came in a thirty-year cycle. There would be five or six wet and wonderful years when there might be nineteen to twenty-five inches of rain, and the land would shout with grass. Then would come six or seven pretty good years of twelve to sixteen inches of rain. And then the dry years would come, and sometimes there would be only seven or eight inches of rain. The land dried up and the grasses headed out miserably a few inches high and great bare scabby places appeared in the valley. The live oaks got a crusty look and the sagebrush was gray. The land cracked and the springs dried up and the cattle listlessly nibbled dry twigs. Then the farmers and the ranchers would be filled with disgust for the Salinas Valley. The cows would grow thin and sometimes starve to death. People would have to haul water in barrels to their farms just for drinking. Some families would sell out for nearly nothing and move away. And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.”
“East of Eden” (1952)
What is the El Niño?
Based on the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration forecast, there is a 90% chance the El Niño heading towards California will bring a very wet winter of 2015/2016.
El Niño refers to the warming of the ocean waters, bringing in wetter than average conditions to the shores of California and other parts of the US. It can significantly affect weather patterns for the previously drought-stricken locations for an extended period of time.
The current El Niño has already gained strength, with the (NOAA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting “El Niño to continue into the Northern Hemisphere, with many models predicting a strong event.” That means that it is very possible that we will see a lot of heavy rain and flooding!
What Are We to Do?
The simple answer is to start preparing as Autumn nears for a very wet Winter of 2015/2016. PumpMan Planned Maintenance program is here to make sure your pumps are working and reliable once the rains hit. Call PumpMan today to schedule maintenance before it’s too late!
626-939-0300 or 1-877-PumpMan
Mention “El Nino” when you call to schedule a free inspection. It’s much easier to do this maintenance in advance and in dry weather, but very hard once it starts to pour!