Several days ago, my email burned with a weather notice from one of the Republicans that I do pay serious attention to: Republican meteorologist Paul Douglas. This email was a weather alert:
Midday Update. The major storm we've been tracking for northern California and Oregon is still on track, several waves of very heavy rain (and mountain snow) impacting the west coast from tonight into the middle of next week. Significant flooding is still expected in the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento, ...My reaction to Paul:
72 Hour Precipitation Forecast. Keep in mind this is in inches of rain. For the Sierra Nevada range just east of Chicago, 16-20" of liquid translates into 150-200" of snow, over a 3-4 day period, meaning impassable roads and a severe avalanche threat. For the valleys on either side of I-5 north of Sacramento it means a very significant risk of flash flooding and river flooding. I'm most concerned about facilities in far northern California and Oregon, especially near Medford.
Again, the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento may see serious flooding from this storm, but the worst conditions will be just north, Marin County – Santa Rosa to Redding and Chico, where flooding may close roads and strand some smaller towns in the area.
Sort of, 'Oh sh--!!!!!'