Sunday, March 05, 2017

Stay Away!; NorCal Edition

March snowpack measurements were hard to get in some places. 
I-80 will reopen in both directions for passenger vehicles with snow chains at 2 p.m. Sunday, according to Caltrans.
The highway from Colfax to the Nevada state line had been closed since Saturday night due to whiteout conditions.
Big rigs will have to wait – there’s no estimate for when the agency will allow trucks to travel the snow-covered highway.

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Add this to fire, earthquake, queens snakes, et al.  

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article136614388.html#storylink=cpy
 
 
 

72 comments:

LBD said...

You guys grabbed all the moisture. Cold front blowing through and then back to the mid 60's. This keeps up we will have a hot dry summer.

Rob Dawg said...

In compensation you can watch California politicians squirm and dance as to why it is too soon to relax the emergency powers they grabbed.

Mike said...

I saw Arizona hits the 90's the week after next...very early..even for them..

Rob Dawg said...

The jet stream is whipping around like a loose fire hose. Weather happens.

Mike said...

Just reading the long range forecast for the Tahoe region..they think the "atmospheric river" may hit them again beginning next weekend (after a brief respite this week)...they have to be running out of places to put the snow by now..

LBD said...

Don't worry. That's what reservoirs and dams are for. Hope they hold it all, shame if it all ran into the ocean again.

TJandTheBear said...
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TJandTheBear said...

All that "water pressure" on top of saturated ground... a little shaking and maybe Cali will fall into the ocean. ;-)

Cinco-X said...

Morning all...6°F outside right now... Ummm... Invigorating!!!

Rob Dawg said...

I want some credit for not mentioning our weather in reply. That would be mean.

Cinco-X said...

KP tried trolling me on Reddit... This may be the only place for former HCN'ers to comment without abuse... Very sad

Rob Dawg said...

Imagine the loss it must have felt when HCN closed. Or was it satisfaction for being the cause?

Rob Dawg said...

Going to be a long day. Hecrain gas exploded every plant. The yard resembles a Kansas wheat field. The garden is impossible. Got a chipper machine so at least I can make mulch from the branch material. I love thrift stores. Near as can tell an unused Harbor Freight $129 model for $30. I'd never pay $129 before but based on usefulness if this one breaks I will have to get some kind of replacement. Like a Roomba, one you have one you cannot imagine life before.

Cinco-X said...

Ya... There are a lot of modern conveniences like that...I wish I could put this damn smart phone down. ;)

Cinco-X said...

BTW, what's hecrain gas?

Cinco-X said...

It's pathetic and sad, but nonetheless intolerable

Rob Dawg said...

Hecrain gas is DYAC for "The rain has" on my equally useless smart phone.

Lawyerliz said...

I Google hecrain gas. No joy. What is it?

Lawyerliz said...

Oh
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Lawyerliz said...

Well you don't have and never will have pythons

Haven't heard much about them lately.

Cinco-X said...

http://dilbert.com/strip/2017-03-06

Cinco-X said...

:keyboard:

Lawyerliz said...

When do they start fixing the Oroville spillways?

Rob Dawg said...

Tom Stone often talks about the queen snakes, gully cats and rabid quail. At least the quail flush out just before the frequent wildfires that break out following the daily earthquakes so they aren't entirely useless.

Rob Dawg said...

Speaking of saber tooth mountain geese. My must watch zip code 92397 is showing a recent rise in vastly overbuilt overpriced trophy cabins coming to market. White elephants in my opinion and no longer selling.

Rob Dawg said...

I'd bet they are spending $2 million per day 24x7 right now. The generators are back online. The emergency spill is rip rap and cemented below the lip. They've been dumping boulders around the main breech.

Rob Dawg said...

https://www.redfin.com/CA/Wrightwood/5432-Pacific-Crest-Dr-92397/home/4228436

An example of ostentatious mountain cabin.

Rob Dawg said...

Update:
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/05/oraville-dam-powerplant-spillway-flows-off-again-after-test/

Lawyerliz said...

When do they start fixing the Oroville spillways?

Cinco-X said...

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-big-question-why-were-sessions-and-other-trump-officials-talking-to-russia/

I think I linked this somewhere yesterday, but it's worth reading if you missed it...

Cinco-X said...

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/is-the-firing-squad-more-humane-than-lethal-injection/

Personally I'd choose the Guillotine... Quick, painless, and nigh impossible to screw up

Cinco-X said...

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/google-home-claims-obama-planning-communist-coup-conspiracy-theories-featured-snippets-2017-3

Google co-opted by the deep state?

Lawyerliz said...

How much are they asking. How much of a reduction would it take to sell them?

Cinco-X said...

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/us-dollar-bull-market-america-2017-3

Lawyerliz said...

At some point this stuff will appear crazy even to the crazies. Or, they will get bored with it.
I repeat, I don't think much will get done during the current administration. ACA could certainly be improved, but the Repubs would have to admit it was worth preserving, which they can't. I like Mike's idea of lowering the age of Medicare plus covering pre existing conditionds. We can argue about how fast. I think 5 years right away and then 6 months every year or 2.
My house went up another hundred dollars!
Whooppee!

Lawyerliz said...

Just Zillow ed a mid middle class neighbor, fairly far south of me. From 65k to 165k, mostly 80s to 110k. The 65k looked pretty trashy even from the small ariel view. The others are just regular family homes.

Lawyerliz said...

He's still black, so must be all kinds of bad things. Snark.

Mike said...

Anecdotally..hearing a lot of stories about people moving from condos to houses (or better condos)..and renting out their old condos (instead of selling). Probably helps explain the lack of inventory at the entry-level up here.

Lawyerliz said...

The state of Florida has hired Indian snake hunters with some degree of sucess. FROM INDIA of course.

Mike said...

Friend of ours just bought a condo (hot part of town)...previous owner was one of these RE brokers/investors who had bought it back in Dec...installed new carpet and appliances...re-listed it in Jan and made ~~ $40k.

Crazy..but the new price is supported by nearby similar sales...(appraisal came in spot-on)...

Lawyerliz said...

A few of the mid middle class houses were for sale, but not many.

Lawyerliz said...

Of course, nothing at any price has been built in about 10 years. Some stuff is planned, but I dont think a single shovel has been dug. There is a fair amount of small commercial buildings Goin up, but some decent looking small strip shopping centers have been nearly empty for years. There is a small to medium sized condo which was abandoned about 10 years ago at the cinder Block stage, that they were trying to restart for a while, supposedly has all permits. Don't know why that's gone nowhere.

Lawyerliz said...

I guess people aren't interested in real estate any more.

Mike said...

I wonder if the RE developers are having a hard time getting funding and/or insurance...you would think with the demographic changes occurring in this country...FL RE would be "hot" (or at least luke warm)...

Rob Dawg said...

Liz, I've just been too busy to put up the usual deep dive RE posts. Those take work. A link to the snow pack is a couple minutes. CRE occupancy and pending permits stuff takes more solid time than I have had recently.

Cinco-X said...

I "own" a house, and plan to retire in place. I'm only interested in real estate to the extent that it affects the economy and thus my income

Cinco-X said...

Maybe you could ask Tom Stone to write a few for you. He must be disgusted with muddyeconomist by now...

Lawyerliz said...

I would like to know what decrease in price would move the white elephants.

Mike said...

Read an interesting article over the weekend about changes going on in the Palm Springs (CA) market. I guess RE investors are buying up the old 50's/60's properties..turning them into AirBNB's... and the "old guard" (permanent residents of PS) do not seem to happy with their new neighbors..

Lawyerliz said...

Good idea.

Rob Dawg said...

In the case of the 92397 high end I suspect short of a bubble pop there will always be a greater fool in the $190/sf range as long as you are below $600k. There is enough uniqueness to be living at 6,000 feet altitude and see snow and still be a long commute to the great sewer as sm_refugee calls it. Personally, I'd get as tired of the lifestyle as I would Gulf coast Florida. Obviously lots of people think differently NTTAWWT.

Rob Dawg said...

...Palm Springs (CA) market. I guess RE investors are buying up the old 50's/60's properties..turning them into AirBNB's... and the "old guard" (permanent residents of PS) do not seem to happy with their new neighbors..

They are not alone. Ojai and San Beunaventura are both struggling to close this down. Not really close it down, just regulate it and of course insert a blood funnel.

LBD said...

Good morning!

Just looked a Zillow for my own home. Their crazy about $50K over reality.

Mike said...

also heard about a company up in Canada "bottling" Canadian Rocky air...shipping it to China/Beijing..and selling it. Supposedly doing pretty well... hahahahaha

Lawyerliz said...

There is a house across from me thaTs for sale at 500k, which I think it isn't selling because it's a white elephant. It is 2 houses in one big lot, extra house,.outbuildings. but you can't see the house from the road, only an unimpressive out building. Plus it's kinda too much. And its next to a kinda swamp pin d/ canal, the hub told me he might be responsible for drainage. The owner might do better to tear down the out building. The realtor even had a drone fly over it and take pictures.

Lawyerliz said...

The Zillow in my neighborhood seem consistant.

LBD said...

Zillow must have a cookie cutter formula that does not fit our market. Their rent Estimates are crazy also. I would love to be close to what they quote. Realtors chuckle when I mention Zillow.

Lawyerliz said...

Rents seem high on Z, but I have no idea what they should be..

Rob Dawg said...

Zillow does terrible for mixed neighborhoods and older properties. Still up $16k+ last 30 days. Yeah, maybe if I mow the lawn.

Lawyerliz said...

Zillow has missed our had bath.

Lawyerliz said...

Half bath.

Rob Dawg said...

Understood but "had bath" is darned funny!

My opinion but I suggest you not correct it. Data is valuable and ever more people are mining big data for advantages that are not in your interests.

Rob Dawg said...

In case you all think I'm crazier than usual. Google maps now has a "see inside" option along with "street view."

EngineerJim said...

From that Mercury News link that RD posted, it looks like they shut off the turbine (it was a test) at Oroville in order to dig the water channel deeper. Eventually they will turn on all turbines and be able to discharge 14,000 cfs of water. The lake is filling at roughly 10,000 cfs. Quite the balancing act.

Cinco-X said...

Good design

Lawyerliz said...

How are they viewing inside???. Oh, Dawg I won't correct it.

Lawyerliz said...

Do I want to know how they are viewing inside? Z has inside pictures of properties that were listed of course.

EngineerJim said...

>How are they viewing inside???

Lots of houses have been listed for sale at one time or another and have photos taken of the interior. They are probably just use those photos.
We sold a houses in 2011 and 2015 and the photos from the listings are still online.

Rob Dawg said...

OT. Robert Osborne, 84 host of Turner Classic Movies has passed. I loved his conversations with the principals so many years after the movies were made.

EngineerJim said...

> Robert Osborne

Sorry to see him go.

Lawyerliz said...

I miss Jo. I also miss a continuous conversation.

Cinco-X said...

Yup... Were all split up. Haven't seen much of Josap lately. Did she finally leave on vacation?