Oroville Dam WEEK 3 – The Water Level Rising

7 03 2017

Tuesday A.M. – the reservoir water level is at 857 ft. – UP 2 feet from when they tried to LOWER the water level by getting the hydro plant to limp along.

LIVE water level data (select “Latest” on the lower left)

Sunday and Monday water level reports here.





Oroville Dam Has Stopped Reducing Water Level

4 03 2017

SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE: They have OUTFLOW

http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/queryF?ORO

Pretty decent numbers tonight –

IN: 13.5k   OUT: 17.3k

MARCH 5 –  KRCR:Lake Oroville rising 2.6 feet in the past 24-hours. The lake remains 39 feet below the top of the emergency spillway.

California requests $440 mn [from state] for flood control after dam crisis
[Brown] asked the state legislature to approve 387 million for use from a water infrastructure fund in addition to 50 million from a state general fund. . . “
“. . . .President Donald Trump cleared the path to release federal aid for the dam after a request from Brown, who had already declared a state of emergency to mobilize local resources. “
– – – Why doesn’t he just ask Nestle?

MONDAY A.M.:

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MONDAY AFTERNOON –

The Outflow is MORE than the Inflow – The water height stays at 855 feet without dramatic rise.

See more UPDATE material in COMMENTS

– – – – earlier – – –

This doesn’t look good!

WATER LEVEL LIVE DATA

LINK –  http://youtu.be/_wFQX21ufYE

SEE the CHART at 9:10 min. mark –

LINK –  http://youtu.be/LHqFA_rHRfU

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Friday they got the power plant working and got some water to drain through it …. (chart)

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UPDATE: An explanation for the outflow shut-off

Sacramento BeeState officials temporarily shut down power plant at Lake Oroville

” . . . Officials turned off the plant at 10 a.m. Saturday and began efforts to deepen the channel at the base of the plant, which will allow for increased releases. They expect the shutdown to last one to two days.”

Rainfall Projections Will Overtop Emergency Spillway By 13 Feet

LINK –  http://youtu.be/eVaSg5Idgms

Californians – recall in Hurricane Rita the gas pumps didn’t work (gasoline ran out + power outages and no pumps working) so at least get all the gas you need in advance if you are sticking around for the traffic jam too-late-evacuation.

Thanks, K. M. for the news tip 😉 – F.C.

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Oroville Dam: All Hope Rests on the Power Plant < UPDATED – They got the power plant working/draining

3 03 2017

They have to clear the debris at the bottom in order to get the hydro-power plant going. They have to get that plant going to help empty water from the reservoir to save the dam.

ALERT! Oroville Dam is Lost if the Hyatt Power Plant Floods

LINK – http://youtu.be/F4AE3WAtf_E

Sacramento Bee – Oroville Dam’s power plant may resume operations Friday

Snow predicted for mountains as quick-hitting storm heads into state

“Winter weather returns to the mountains Saturday and Sunday as a cold, quick-hitting Pacific storm treks across the high country.[where the huge amount of snow is]

Forecast: More Snow to Add to Massive Snowpack in California’s Sierra Nevada, Rockies (FORECAST)

More on our Feb. 21st post – Spillway Gates at Oroville Dam Now Working on BACKUP POWER

Here’s Shasta dam –

LINK – http://youtu.be/ff6J3TbU3n0


SATURDAY

FLOOD – The water is above flood stage at these stations:

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Map from Western Regional Climate Center

Friday (3-3) Snow Depth MAP

CA Ski Resort SNOW FORECAST   |  Seirra at Tahoe expects 9″ of snow (has good radar image)

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More NEW film footage posted in the comments on the week 2 post below.

 We added important links to this map page on live dam data –
– – – – – orovillemaps_goto

 We added more live data tools on the Monday post.

UPDATE: SEE COMMENTS FOR VIDEOS





Oroville Dam Week 2: Snow Melt Threat

27 02 2017

Breitbart News Northern California Snowmelt Crisis as Temps Rise into 70s

” . . . as temperatures rise to 65 degrees in mid-mountain elevations at the 6–8,000 foot levels that received 3 feet of snow in the last set of storms, 13-degree-above-average temperatures are about to trigger an early spring snowmelt,”

NOTE: Upper Feather River data and dam data links are on last Monday’ post.

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KRCR –  Feb. 26 – Shasta Lake Area gets a SNOW WARNING

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON UNTIL 10 PM PST THIS EVENING... * TIMING...
Snow will begin this afternoon and taper off to lighter snow late this evening. * MAIN IMPACT...Weekend travelers could experience travel delays, chain controls, and slick roadways. * SNOW AMOUNTS...Between 2 and 4 inches of snow expected for mountain passes, including Interstate 5 north of Lake Shasta.

Sacramento Bee

  • Can Oroville Dam’s badly damaged spillway hold up through the rainy season?

    ” . . . with at least five more weeks to go in California’s rainy season, and billions of gallons of water waiting to rush into the reservoir when the snowpack blanketing the Sierra Nevada melts this spring, the question on the minds of many living in the Sacramento Valley is this:
    Just how long can the badly damaged spillway hold up?

  • Oroville Dam’s banged-up spillway to shut down Monday

    “. . . DWR said it will begin dialing back the flows at 6:45 a.m. Monday, bringing the releases to a halt by sometime in the afternoon. DWR said it plans to keep the outflows at zero “for several days”.
    Dam operators have been moving in equipment to a water channel beneath the spillway in order to remove the pile of mud, concrete and other debris that’s accumulated since the crater developed Feb. 7. The pile is backing water up into the dam’s hydro plant, making it impossible to restart.”

  • This winter has bashed the heck out of California roads

THURS.

LA Times Snowpack levels surge in the Sierra Nevada, helping to power California out of drought  . . . “Helping”??

San Fransisco ChroniclePhenomenal’ California snowpack nears record depths

Near-record Sierra snowpack — 185 percent of average

FRI.

USA Today – Out West, the snow is so deep that scientists don’t have any tools to measure it

” . . . A greater percentage of precipitation coming in the form of rain instead of snow and irregular snow-melt cycles makes it more difficult for communities to capture water for public use.
“Instead of making its way into our faucets, the snow we have now could be washed away into the ocean . . . .””

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LINK –  http://youtu.be/sJyU_ctqi08

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Good film of the damage from Oroville Dam outflow –

LINK-  http//youtu.be/Lq0A5kj9iBw

TruthOut More Near-Disasters Like Oroville Are Very Likely in the Future, Say Experts

” . . . .There are a number of dams with similar spillway problems [as Oroville], or where the inflow can exceed what you can release as outflow out of the dam and that puts them in a dangerous situation. There’s some water purveyors that are looking at new water projects that would make it even worse, like the Merced Irrigation District, which wants to raise the emergency spillway at Exchequer Dam on the Merced River so that it could store more water, but that would further reduce their ability to manage the reservoir during a flood event like this.”

This North Coast Journal blog takes issue with Breitbart News story earlier this month about the Klamath River. . . .
” . . . The Klamath Project — featuring seven dams, a series of canals and pumping stations — was designed to divert water from the river into an irrigation system that allowed for the transformation of hundreds of thousands of acres of rangeland into farmland. The Klamath River Hydroelectric Project, meanwhile, included eight dams — including the four slated for removal — and, as its name attests, was aimed to providing cheap hydroelectric power to farmers and ranchers in the area. . . “ – (Has a good map.)

We just put this video in the comments – showing the dam damage now that they turned the tap off…

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LINK –  http://youtu.be/9lmYJAg3Evs

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FOUND! The Man-Made Source of California “River-of-Rain”!

22 02 2017

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The plant making the so-called “pineapple express” causing so much havoc in Northern California is . . .

E X P O S E D!

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Jump to 5 minute mark of this video – and share it widely –
WeatherWar101: Oroville Dam – CA Rain: Proof Flooding is Manmade

http://youtu.be/SpLullFAD4k


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TUESDAY: Oroville Drenching Continues – More Updates

21 02 2017

[For LIVE DATA and resources see MONDAY’S POST ]

Oroville Dam & California under siege by 4 impending Storms

LINK –  http://youtu.be/oCv1_FHnKZY
See the recent weather maps, comparison

The WatchersMandatory evacuations ordered in parts of California

FLOOD WARNING

…A FLOOD WARNING FOR URBAN AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS REMAINS IN
EFFECT UNTIL 400 PM PST THURSDAY FOR COLUSA…YOLO…SUTTER…
SOLANO…PLUMAS…ALPINE…PLACER…SHASTA…LASSEN…AMADOR…
TUOLUMNE…SACRAMENTO…LAKE…STANISLAUS…SAN JOAQUIN…EL
DORADO…CALAVERAS…TEHAMA…BUTTE…GLENN…SIERRA…YUBA AND
NEVADA COUNTIES…

As levees breach downstream drivers will face more detours – PHOTO
The big storm Monday made snow in the mountains but it didn’t add to the water in the rivers because it froze. So it will add to the water later. High winds Tuesday might keep repair helping choppers out of the sky. They were delivering the rocks to plug holes.

Northern California Reels From Second Round of Storms; Evacuation Orders Remain in Effect

“For the first time in 20 years, the spillway gates of the Don Pedro Reservoir were opened Monday as the heavy rain pounded northern California, with some areas receiving more than 6 inches.” (lots of headlines about this spillway)

” . . . A pre-evacuation advisory was issued for several roads near downtown North Fork after water discharges from Bass Lake increased and threatened to swell rivers. The sheriff’s office says residents who live in the area should be ready to leave quickly if conditions worsen.

In Oroville, where heavy rains recently damaged the reservoir spillway and forced the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people, officials say waters are receding behind the dam, and the reservoir is at 81 percent capacity with room for incoming runoff.” (We have big doubts about this 81% figure. Video on late Monday shows water to the brim of the dam – FC)

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VIDEO TODAY:

LINK –  http://youtu.be/gFkm5Jzpd2E

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RECENT WATER LEVEL CHART [PDF] for dams

RECENT (Midnight) CHART [PDF] for Oroville dam

HOURLY CHART

http://cdec.water.ca.gov/jspplot/jspplotservlet

We are getting a “NO DATA AVAILABLE” sign on empty charts.

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[CLICK IMAGE FOR FULL SIZE]

The CDCC server may be too busy to show all the data.

Sacramento time zone CLOCK

LIVE RADAR

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Spillway Gates at Oroville Dam Now Working on BACKUP POWER

21 02 2017

There’s no back-up for the back-up.

At 4:16 mark –

LINK –   http://youtu.be/Z0Ij7cD2C8Y

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