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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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.

Aerial View of Georgetown, California

This aerial view of downtown Georgetown, California was taken on 3.6.2010

photo courtesy of: vntghippy

Sunday Morning In The Mines

“Sunday Morning in the Mines”

by Charles Christian Nahl (1818 – 1878)

An oil painting on canvas. Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California


“Miner With Pick, Shovel and Pan”

“Miner With Pick, Shovel and Pan”, circa 1850.

Daguerreotype from the collection of Matthew R. Isenburg.

(A daguerreotype was a photograph made by an early photographic process. The image was produced on a silver plate that was sensitized to iodine and then developed in mercury vapor.)

“Miners In The Sierra”

by Charles Christian Nahl (1818 – 1878)

An oil painting on canvas. National Museum of American Art

Smithsonian Institution, a gift of Fred Heilbron Collection


Founders Day 2009

A Salute to Georgetown Rotary

“61 Years of Service On The Divide”

VFW Growlersburg Post 9241 Honor Guard

The VFW Growlersburg Post 9241 Honor Guard led off the parade.

Grand Marshals Mark & Patti Smith

Georgetown’s own “living legend” Mark Smith and his daughter Patti were this years Grand Marshals. Mark was Rotary’s 1st president in 1948. Patti is this years president.

Mounted Colors

There were several groups on horseback…..

Souza Ranch Wagon

…..and several riding in wagons.

Golden Nugget Soccer Club

The local youth soccer club was followed by…..

Golden Sierra Jr. Grizzlies

…..our very own Golden Sierra Junior Grizzlies football team!

Little Logger

How long  does it take this guy to deliver a cord?

Founders Day Classic Car

The parade contained many classic cars…..

Founders Day Fun

…..and some classic gags to entertain the crowd.

Georgetown's Future

A good looking group of kids…..

The Real Georgetown

…..and some genuine Georgetown color.

Georgetown Fire 1

Classic fire trucks were in abundance on Founders Day.

Georgetown Fire 2

Georgetown has been devastated by fire 5 times over the years…..

Georgetown Fire 3

…..so the Fire Department has played a major role in the towns history.

Clampers 2009

And what Founders Day would be complete without our local chapter of Clampers, ECV #86 bringing up the rear with another tasteful entry!