California storms add 350 billion gallons to parched reservoirs

The powerful storms that soaked Northern California over the past week did more than trigger power outages, mudslides and flash floods.They sent roughly 350 billion gallons of water pouring into California’s biggest reservoirs — boosting their storage to levels not seen in years, forcing dam operators to release water to reduce flood risks and all but ending the five-year drought across much of Northern California, even though it remains in the south, experts said Monday.

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U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook

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Latest Seasonal Assessment – Although there have been regional changes in intensity, the areas covered by drought have not changed significantly in the past 30 days. There’s been some improvement along the northern tier of New England, in parts of the interior Southeast where extreme to exceptional drought was observed, across eastern Texas and the adjacent lower Mississippi Valley, and through the northern sections of both South Dakota and New Mexico. In contrast, drought expanded or deteriorated in southern New England and the interior mid-Atlantic region, the Ohio Valley, the eastern and southern periphery of the Southeastern drought region, portions of the south-central and western Plains, and some leeward sections of the Hawaii.

The seasonal drought outlook valid from December 15, 2016 to March 31, 2017 largely follows the 3-Month Precipitation Outlook, with adjustments made for climatology, the time of year, and expected conditions during the last half of December. A general pattern of improvement or removal is forecast for the north side of areas experiencing drought, with conditions persisting or worsening farther south.

Most areas of the Northeast are expecting at least limited improvement by the end of March, specifically interior areas that typically accumulate a deeper snowpack, and in areas of D3 (extreme drought) where removal is highly unlikely, but enough precipitation should fall to ease conditions slightly. Farther south, conditions should ease in the Ohio Valley and upper Southeast, but areas farther south, reaching down to the Gulf Coast, drought is expected to persist or worsen. Some expansion is anticipated into eastern Texas and the southernmost Mississippi Valley, as well as across northern Florida and adjacent southeastern Georgia.

Drought is not expected to improve in the central and southern Plains, where this is a drier time of year, but the Black Hills and surrounding areas, in addition to the drought areas in the central and northern Rockies and Intermountain West, should see some improvement. Areas from the southern tier of the West into central California outside the Sierra Nevada can expect persisting or worsening drought conditions, but improvement is anticipated farther north. In the leeward sections of Hawaii, with odds tilting toward a wet 3-month period, improvement or removal is expected.

Forecaster: Rich Tinker

It’s Tax Time for Your Association

As evidenced by the increase in advertisements from H&R Block, Turbo Tax and your friendly, local accountant, it’s clear that we have entered “refund season” – AKA time to file your personal taxes.  But, don’t forget that it’s also tax time for your association.

Your community association is considered a business, and, while Read More

Posted by Lea Marcou on Jan 6, 2017

Cleary Bros is Going to the Dogs!

The Cleary Bros. Construction Division just completed the 1.5 acre Cubby Dog Park in Pleasanton near Bernal Ave.  Named after the first K-9 in Pleasanton’s police force, the park offers 2 large shade structures, dog drinking fountains, agility obstacles, engineered wood fiber surfacing, and seating & eating areas.  Our scope of work also included grading the entire site, new fencing, concrete, asphalt, parking lot striping, irrigation system, and California native plants & trees.  Since the opening day, the park has seen immediate use and it’s a great new off- leash space for our four- legged friends.

Our projects go far beyond plants, lawns and sprinklers.  Our dedicated, experienced, and knowledgeable construction team is capable of almost anything outdoors.  Please contact us with your construction project needs.





Sustainability – Give Your Amazon Box New Life

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