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Re: Effects of another drought year in the Sierras'

Postby Tom_H » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:38 pm

Slight misting at the moment on the Elk Grove-South Sacramento boundary. It drizzled for about an hour and is slowing. There isn't much more than a wet ground, but my hope is that this might collapse that high pressure cell and open the storm door for following systems to move further south! :thumbsup:



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Re: Effects of another drought year in the Sierras'

Postby OzSwaggie » Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:48 am

Are there precedents to a closure of the national parks/wilderness areas due to fire risk? How much notice would be given?
Dancing , dancing .... \:D/ (but I'm in the wrong place!) (dry here too).
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Re: Effects of another drought year in the Sierras'

Postby Rockchucker » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:15 am

It has been raining in Bishop since 3:00 am!!!
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Re: Effects of another drought year in the Sierras'

Postby SSSdave » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:50 pm

Forecasts have been building for the coming event for over a week now. And indeed we in the central and northern parts of the state will get the first big soaking rains since last February. The two small storms this last week have nicely wetted the ground surfaces so waters will more easily soak in instead of flow over. Has got me back into more serious exercising and this weekend will be dragging my skis and boots downstairs at least to look at.
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Re: Effects of another drought year in the Sierras'

Postby rcymbala » Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:58 pm

Has anyone talked about glaciers ?? We have the southern-most glaciers in the northern hemisphere, but not for long? Someone did a PhD on the pattern of glacier retreat in the Sierra over the last 100 years. They are shrinking fast. Really fast. I would get more glacier experience under my belt before I have to go to the Rockies for it. ***
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Re: Effects of another drought year in the Sierras'

Postby tim » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:42 pm

rcymbala wrote:Has anyone talked about glaciers ?? We have the southern-most glaciers in the northern hemisphere, but not for long?


Not quite true. You're forgetting about the glaciers in Mexico, the Caucasus, the Himalayas and of course the Andes. Here's a helpful map:
http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2005/3056/pdf/f ... 56_508.pdf
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