Satellite Reveals End of “Unending” N. California Drought


With more rain and snow on the way, the supposed “unending drought” that the New York Times reported on last year has, in a matter of weeks, ended — at least in Northern California.

Yesterday’s color satellite imagery from NASA shows the dramatic changes which have occurred since the same date three years ago:

NASA Aqua MODIS color satellite imagery of N. California separated by exactly three years, showing dramatic snowpack increase, vegetation greening, and river discharge into the Pacific Ocean.

– Widespread and deep snowpack
– Greening vegetation
– Rivers overflowing their banks
– Strong river discharge into the Pacific Ocean

Here’s a zoomed version of the NASA Terra MODIS image yesterday covering the San Francisco Bay area northeastward toward Sacramento:

NASA Terra MODIS zoomed image on 13 January 2017 covering San Francisco to Sacramento.

The latest GFS model forecast for the next 10 days predicts another 2 to 10 inches of rain, depending on location, with several more feet of snow at higher elevations.

Source: Satellite Reveals End of “Unending” N. California Drought « Roy Spencer, PhD

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Wilderness Survival Guide: How To Stay Alive If Lost, Hurt or Stranded


How to survive when the SHTF

Surviving in the Wild

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Imagine a fun afternoon hike around Mt. Baker. You’re enjoying the quiet of the forest, the dappled light shining through the trees, and the intoxicating smell of the leaves when thick fog rolls in unexpectedly at 4:00 p.m. In a panic, you follow the wrong trail for hours along a progressively steeper face until you’ve run out of daylight.

Imagine being on a snowmobile in the back-country with friends, zipping through the powder and chasing each other between the tree trunks when a blizzard sets in and the last snowmobile doesn’t show up at the rendezvous point.

Or imagine the mountain biking trip you’ve been daydreaming about for months, bombing down the mountain with the wind in your face. You get separated from your group on a tricky portion of single-track, and decide to press on when you come to an unknown fork in the trail. Feeling exhausted and dehydrated, you take a corner too fast and crash, tacoing your front wheel and breaking your collar bone.

Lost, hurt, stranded – these scenarios and others like them play out over three thousand times per year in the United States. Folks heading outdoors in search of adventure don’t plan on getting lost or hurt in the wilderness. It can happen to the best of us, and when it does, people underestimate the challenges of the wilderness and overestimate their own ability.

To help you avoid becoming a statistic by rightly explaining the dangers of the wilderness and ensuring that you are physically and mentally prepared for any snags during your adventures, we’ve put together this wilderness survival guide.

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GetOffYourGass.com: The Ultimate Guide to Hiking on The Georgetown Divide


“Hikes from the North Fork to the South Fork of the American River”


 
With a brief respite from winter’s El Niño storms and temperatures nearing 70° across the Georgetown Divide, there couldn’t be a better time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors! While snow at higher elevations limits trail use to snowshoes or cross-country skis at this time of year, lower elevation trails are open and are often lightly used during the cooler months.

For local hikers, GetOffYourGass.com is the ultimate guide to hiking on the Georgetown Divide. GetOffYourGass was created in 2007 by Philip Liberman to provide a source on the web for hikes in the American River watersheds above Folsom Lake. “Get Off Your Gass” was the name Tom Petersen used when he lead hikes in the region during that time period.

The site contains more than 300 pages of hiking trails and detailed, hand-drawn maps. This is a collection of hikes from the books: Auburn Outback, Georgetown Hiking Trails, Lost Trails of the Sierra Nevada, Placerville Paths and Take a Hike! by local authors Tom Petersen, Robert J. Griffis and Evan W. Jones.

visit: GetOffYourGass

Series Of Potent Storms Headed For The Divide

A series of several very potent storms are headed towards the Georgetown Divide this week and those in the know are comparing the strength of these incoming storms to those we endured in December of 2005. If that’s the case, we’re in for a week of some very heavy rain. From the National Weather Service:

Special Weather Statement For The Mother Lode
Issued by The National Weather Service
Sacramento, CA
4:18 pm PST, Wed., Dec. 15, 2010

… STORMY WEATHER HEADED FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA THIS WEEKEND AND INTO NEXT WEEK…

A LARGE WEATHER SYSTEM DROPPING OUT OF THE GULF OF ALASKA WILL BRING RAIN… WIND AND LARGE AMOUNTS OF MOUNTAIN SNOW TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BEGINNING FRIDAY… AND LASTING THROUGH THE WEEKEND AND INTO NEXT WEEK.

PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW SHOULD BEGIN FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY. NEARLY CONTINUOUS RAIN AND SNOW IS EXPECTED THROUGH THE WEEKEND… WITH MORE PERIODS OF HEAVY PRECIPITATION EXPECTED EARLY NEXT WEEK.

THE CENTRAL VALLEY COULD SEE 2 TO 5 INCHES OF RAINFALL FROM FRIDAY INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK… WITH RAINFALL AMOUNTS EXCEEDING 6 INCHES IN THE FOOTHILLS. AT THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS… NEW SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF SEVERAL FEET ARE POSSIBLE. SNOW LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO BE FAIRLY TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR VARYING BETWEEN 4000 AND 6000 FEET. THIS PUTS SNOW LEVELS BELOW THE MAJOR PASS LEVELS AND TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY BECOME A FACTOR AS HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OCCUR. GUSTY WINDS WILL BRING BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES AS WELL.

AT THE LOWER ELEVATIONS… LEAF FALL AND CLOGGED STORM DRAINS STILL REMAIN A PROBLEM THIS SEASON AND WILL LIKELY CAUSE LOCALIZED STREET FLOODING DURING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN.

THE WET PATTERN MAY CONTINUE THROUGH MUCH OF NEXT WEEK.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIANS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF VERY WET WEATHER BEGINNING THIS FRIDAY. IF TRAVELING… ESPECIALLY THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS… BE SURE AND CHECK THE LATEST WEATHER AND ROAD CONDITIONS BEFORE DEPARTURE AND CONTINUE TO MONITOR THIS DEVELOPING STORM SYSTEM.

Old Man Winter Just Won’t Quit

Updated: April 5, 2010 at 6:00 am PST

The Winter Storm Warning was canceled overnight. The heavy rain and winds of Easter Sunday didn’t put a stop to any holiday festivities yesterday and like we thought might happen, no snow was reported in Georgetown or at any of the lower elevations on The Divide. No reports of snow accumulation from upcountry yet.

Continued rain and showers are possible throughout the day today, so drive carefully. The roads are clear if you’re driving off the hill this morning.

Posted: April 4, 2010 at 5:00 am PST

Good Morning & Happy Easter, Georgetown! If you’re planning on collecting some Easter eggs this morning, you better get to it! And if you were planning on doing anything else today, well……get ‘er done early!


Another late season winter storm is poised to strike the Mother Lode and the Georgetown Divide today through Monday with snow forecast to fall below 2,000 feet.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued the following warning:

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…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 PM PDT MONDAY ABOVE 2000 FEET…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING ABOVE 2000 FEET FOR THE NORTHEAST FOOTHILLS AND THE MOTHERLODE FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 PM PDT MONDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: UP TO 11 INCHES OF NEW SNOWFALL WILL BE POSSIBLE.

* ELEVATION: SNOW LEVELS WILL INITIALLY RANGE BETWEEN 2500 AND 3000 FEET TODAY…BEFORE FALLING TONIGHT TO AROUND 2000 FEET. LOCALLY LOWER SNOW LEVELS MAY BE POSSIBLE TONIGHT AND ON MONDAY.

* TIMING: LIGHT SNOWFALL WILL BEGIN DURING THE DAY TODAY WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL OCCURRING TONIGHT. SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY MONDAY.

* WINDS: WIND GUSTS UP TO 35 TO 45 MPH OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS…COMBINED WITH MODERATE SNOWFALL WILL CAUSE AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW.

* IMPACTS: WINTER LIKE TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY RESULT FROM THE COMBINATION OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL AND BLOWING SNOW. THOSE TRAVELING INTO THE MOTHERLODE AND NORTHEAST FOOTHILLS THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT. IN ADDITION…THE HEAVY SNOW COMBINED WITH STRONG WIND WILL MAKE FOR WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT… FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

The question is: Will we even see a flake?

Winter Briefly Returns To The Divide

After the beautiful, spring-like weather we’ve been enjoying recently on The Georgetown Divide with temps pushing the 70 degree mark, it was a surprise to wake up to snow on the ground again this morning. Snow was reported to have fallen as low as 2,000 feet.

Shannon Knox House in Georgetown

Reports of 3 to 4 inches were reported in Georgetown, with higher accumulations reported above town. Temps will be very cold tonight into tomorrow morning as the cold front passes, so protect any of those sensitive garden plants and make sure your animals have protection.

Temperatures will remain unseasonably cool until Tuesday of next week, as a drier and more spring-like weather pattern returns to the area.

Photo thanks to: vntghippy of Georgetown

Short Break In Winter Weather This Weekend

Updated: January 22 at 9:50am PST

According to several local sources, a little more snow fell than was previously thought. As much as 6 inches of snow has been reported in Georgetown. Highway 193 is in great shape. Some side roads still a little slushy, but overall travel should not be a problem today. The sun even tried to make a brief appearance this morning.

The NWS Winter Weather Advisory has been extended until 8 pm tonight. Another 1-4 inches are expected and snow levels may dip down as low as 1,500 feet. There’s also a chance of thunderstorms which could produce small hail. Monitor the weather before hitting the road. Here’s several photos taken earlier this morning  by countrygirl of Georgetown.

View from Highway 193 looking east up Main St.
Looking south towards intersection of Main St. & Highway 193
The next storm front looms off to the west of Royal Dragon and Parra's.
Snow blankets the entrance to Georgetown's Pioneer Cemetery.

Posted: January 22 at 6:40am PST

Approximately 2 -3 inches of snow has fallen overnight in and around the Georgetown area. Temps are in the mid-30s this morning, so the snow is already melting. Some snow and ice may be found on some of the less traveled roads, but the plows are already out clearing  Hwy. 193, so travel off the hill today shouldn’t be a problem. Power was out in the Georgetown area for most of the night, but was restored early this morning.

Light showers can be expected the rest of today, with snow showers down to 2,000 feet. Snow showers early tomorrow morning will give way to a partly cloudy weekend with more inclement weather on the way the early next week. Enjoy the short break from the rains.