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PAGE EIGHT RAIN DEFICIENCY FOR COMING WINTER IS NEW FORECAST A deficiency of rainfall in Southern California during the coming winter months is predicted by Dr. George F. McEwen, oceanographer, and Dr. A. F. Gorton, meteorologist, of the Uni- versity of California's Scripps Insti- tution of Oceanography at La Jolla. Announcement as to the extent of the deficiency will not be made for prob- ably another week, Dr. Gorton said, when the complete forecast is issued. His announcement was preliminary, he said, but is based upon the findings of the two scientists during the past months. "Both the simple temperature index and the composite index point to a de- ficiency of rainfall for Southern Cali- fornia," said Dr. Gorton. ,'The same conclusion is arrived at from the 'cy- cle' analysis of San Diego and ,Los Angeles. Although the trend of pre- cipitation is now upward in the south, the full force of the five and one-half year cycle will probably not be felt until late in 1932 or 1933." Dr. Gorton said it was the belief of himself and Dr. McEwen that the "low point" in precipitation had been reached and that' the next few years would see a gradual increase in rain- fall. Summer of 1931 Unusual "The summer of 1931 was remark- able in many respects," he continued. "Ocean temperatures at La Jolla were phenomenally high, the figures for "As previously stated, we believe that precipitation has reached a low point in the swing since 1915 and that the trend is now upward. The water production of the next eight years is of importance because the construc- tion of Hoover Dam and the comple- tion of the Los Angeles aqueduct will not permit use of water from the Col- orado river probably before 1939. Even after these gigantic projects are fin- ished, the public will want assurance that an adequate supply of water will be available for the varied require- ments of the Metropolitan District. These considerations made it desirable to form some estimate of future pre- cipitation in the Colorado basin and in the southwest generally, and the consequent runoff. "Fhe 'cycle' meth- od, it would seem, offers the only pos- sible method of doing this." :0: Fisherman's Luck "I haven't ca.ught a fish al! day," complained the tired looking man. "Where have you been fishing?" "I haven't been." According to Govcrnjnent reports, some 500,000 business men follow that same thought-fornmla. Business is or- ganized action for the sake of com- mercial profits; at least, it's supposed to be. But most business houses are unorganized inaction fondly hoping the payroll will hold out. It is astounding, the number of busi- ness men who neglect the job of man- agemem for the more satisfying chores of pokin~ " ' btrd s-nests out of waterspouts, oiling the elevator, re- packing faucets, and swabbing the eel- July and August being the highest ob- lar just to show the porter how it served since the beginning of the rec- ought to be done. ord in 1916. At Pacific Grove and As a cynical old lawver once ex- the various other inshore stations, pressed it, :'Most business men are cousistently warm water was observed, lovable, picturesque duffers who want and previous records for some of the their name on a shingle and a place months exceeded. The ocean surface to hang out."--Exchange. between California and Ha:wail was also warm, as shown by themographic .... f~: :-- omp .nyreerds of the ange,es teamsh p ,he "In conformity with rhese extreme temperature eonclitions, the North Pa- cific 'high' was in general weak and unstab|e,exhibiting a remarkable vari- Just three ability in position. "Phe behavior of the high,, ahd the comparative absence of~npwelling indicated by the high in- hing shore temperatures both point to at s wesell=:: disruption of the secondary circulation of the atmosp'here which has attended ADVERTISING~To the merchants the course of the recent drouth, who believe in whatthey have to Snowfall Is Deficient sell, and are anxious to get it he- "During such times in California fore the largest number of local 'general storms' are few in number and lacking in intensity, as was the case last season. 'Hie defic!ency of snowfall in the high mountains is es- pecially st.riking. 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