Sunday, February 2, 2014

Good Snowfall For A Dry Year

Yeah, I know. One storm does not a drought break. But at our house (elevation 6450) it rained most of the day last Wednesday, then turned to snow in the night. By Thursday noon, the forecast of five - nine inches had turned into a foot of snow. It continued to snow on and off on Thursday and into Thursday night.
We toasted the snow gods with a glass of merlot.

This stuff on the deck and grill was heavy with high water content.
The best kind of snow when we need moisture!
We usually measure Tahoe snow in feet. But this year we're counting inches, and another two inches fell Friday. Yea!
On the mountains, all the precipitation above 8000 feet was snow, and the resorts reported up to 24 inches for the storm total.

The last cloud blowing away on Friday

Even if we are lucky enough to get several good storms in the next twelve weeks, every reasonable estimate suggests that our snowpack won't rise to average by spring. But in the meantime, we'll appreciate every flake we get!

Don't stand long under a tree with this much snow on its boughs.
A little of the sun's heat will loosen it, and hundreds of pounds of
snow can avalanche from a hundred feet up. It can knock you down.

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