The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge

The San Jose Mercury News has an interesting article about why we aren’t getting any rain. The refer to a phenomena called the “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” – the high pressure system sitting off our coast.

Ridiculously Resilient Ridge

Don’t you just love the drama of that image? Those hot reds…when I first saw this, I was so taken with the bump of red, I hardly saw the map of North America underlying it.

The ridge has been with us since December of 2012 – thirteen months so far. I feel like we are in one of those old Hollywood movies: cue to corn field in the midwest, waiting for rain. Where’s the Music Man or some other film-flam artist to create the “right” conditions for rain?

And when our Ridge finally goes away what will happen? A catchup amount of rain or will the season be over?

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