We could still have a normal March in the southern Sierra’s.
The forecast for the Sierra foothills calls for 9.2 inches (23.4 cm) of rain this week and 10 feet (304.8 cm) of snow in the mountains. It looks like it is going to be wet for the next week. Which is good timing for wildlife where the survival of newborns depends on freshwater to drink and freshly sprouted plants, buds and flowers to eat. One week of heavy rains in the spring can provide the nourishment that was not there all this winter.
Mountain snow melt provides up to one third of all water used in California for homes, farmland and business. So far there is far less water than normal in this years snowpack.
The effects of climate change and our snowpack are of great concern to those who are responsible for water management here.
“Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level and river flows. These changes are expected to continue in the future and more of our precipitation will likely fall as rain instead of snow” excerpt from the California Government Department of Water Resources website.
Without the slow melting snow the will be less water for Californians to use.
At least for now this series of approaching storms is shaping up the end of a dry winter’s highlight.
Photo: Webcam capture @ 2012 Yosemite Conservancy
View from Turtleback Tue Mar 13 16:29:51 2012
Turtleback Dome looking east into Yosemite Valley with El Capitan on the left and Half Dome, right.