As of January 26, the California Department of Water Resources reported that snowpack statewide was at just 27% of its normal level, which is 15% of the average for April 1, the point at which snow is typically expected to stop accumulating and begin to melt.
Which means, of course, that California is in for another dry year. Melting snowpack provides water to streams and rivers and replenishes reservoirs that are used for drinking water and agriculture.
In a cruel irony, a dry year...
Ralph B. Alexander
Ralph B. Alexander
- PhD. Physics, University of Oxford (1967-1971)
- B.Sc., Physics, The University of Western Australia
Ralph B. Alexander is a former Associate Professor of Physics at Wayne State University and former President and co-founder of Ion Surface Technology, a small high-tech materials company. He is currently the owner and president of R.B. Alexander & Associates Inc., an independent consulting firm specializing in advanced materials and surface engineering.
The group's work is primarily in the area of market and technology analysis in areas such as materials, aerospace, defense and automotive. Alexander lists his work as including market analysis, market development, business strategies, selection of surface engineering processes and testing programs, and providing short courses on surface engineering. , 
Ralph B. Alexander is also the author of Global Warming False Alarm published by Canterbury publishing in 2009. The book contends that global warming is the result of natural causes.
Stance on Climate Change
“Global warming may be real, but there's hardly a shred of good scientific evidence that it has very much to do with the amount of CO2 we're producing, or even that temperatures have risen as much as warmists say.” 
“The link between extreme weather and global warming has as much scientific basis as the pagan rite of human sacrifice to ensure a good harvest.”
“Climate-change skeptics might be regarded as modern-day witches because they think that global warming comes from natural forces. However, it’s superstitious alarmists, who believe that extreme weather originates in our CO2 emissions and who have a dread of impending disaster, who are really the witches.” 
“I am offended that science is being perverted in the name of global warming — today’s environmental cause celebre.” 
December 10, 2012
Ralph B. Alexander is the author of an article in the New York Post titled “Extreme Weather and superstition” which suggests that there is no link between man-made climate change and extreme weather events.
November 1, 2009
Ralph B. Alexander is listed as a signatory to an open letter to the Council of the American Physical Society (APS) regarding their National Policy Statement on Climate Change. The letter encourages the APS to revise its statement on climate change “so as to more accurately represent the current state of the science.” The letter suggests that the APS letter should be amended to read as follows (emphasis added):
“Greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, accompany human industrial and agricultural activity. While substantial concern has been expressed that emissions may cause significant climate change, measured or reconstructed temperature records indicate that 20th and 21st century changes are neither exceptional nor persistent, and the historical and geological records show many periods warmer than today. In addition, there is an extensive scientific literature that examines beneficial effects of increased levels of carbon dioxide for both plants and animals.”
No details or sources are listed regarding the “extensive scientific literature” cited in the letter. According to Anthony Watts at Watts Up With That, the open letter is connected to William Happer. Other notable signatories include notable climate change skeptics Howard Hayden, Nicola Scafetta, and S. Fred Singer. , 
July 10, 2009
Ralph B. Alexander published a book titled “Global Warming False Alarm: The Bad Science Behind the United Nations' Assertion That Man-Made CO2 Causes Global Warming.”
According to the description, “This compact, readable book pulls apart the flawed science behind the IPCC's assertion that man-made CO2 is causing global warming.”
JunkScience.com recently sent a copy of Alexander's book to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as part of a global warming book drive. “In hopes of saving Gov. Christie from his dubious instincts [of believing in global warming], JunkScience.com has shipped to him 31 books written by climate skeptics,” Steve Milloy said. 
R.B. Alexander and Associates — President and founder.
Ion Surface Technology, Inc. — Former President and co-founder. The group appears to have since dissolved.
According to a search of Google Scholar, Ralph B. Alexander does not appear to have published any articles in peer-reviewed journals.
“R.B. Alexander & Associates, Inc.”, Rowan Technology Group. Accessed December 12, 2012.
“Ralph Alexander,” LinkedIn public profile. Accessed December 12, 2012.
Ralph B. Alexander. Global Warming False Alarm, 2nd Edition.
“Extreme Weather and Superstition,” New York Post, December 9, 2012.
“As IPCC stumbles, sceptics gain ground,” Hindustan Times, March 12, 2010.
“An Open Letter to the Council of the American Physical Society,” Reprinted by The Heartlander, November 1, 2009.
“American Physical Society reviewing its climate stance,” Watts Up With That, July 29, 2009.
Steve Milloy. “JunkScience.com launches global warming book drive for needy New Jersey Governor; Christie should be embarrassed by 'What would Al Gore do' rationale,” Junkscience.com, June 1, 2011.
“Ralph Alexander,” SourceWatch.