Picture: Cumulonimbus storm cloud over pond and forest, Crescent City, California
As some of you may know, I’ve been away for the last few weeks, venturing throughout northern California. I’ve been to Yosemite, The Redwoods, and visited numerous waterfalls in the northern part of the state. The over-riding theme of this period in my coverage has been Water. It was either raining, threatening to rain, not raining when every forecast said it was supposed to be raining. If it wasn’t raining on my head, I was enjoying watching it flow over rocks in rivers and falling off cliffs.
This has been one of the truly great wet winter-springs that I can recall in northern California. Just today, on this 4th day of June, San Francisco just beat it’s own June Rainfall totals record that was previously set back in 1934. As I sit here in my office, I’m seeing some of the heaviest rain I’ve seen since March. One good thing has been a result. I’ve seen more water in Shasta Lake than I’ve seen in a long time. I last visited the area in October 2009 when California was in the midst of a several years-long drought. This last week, I returned to the same spots I’d previously shot to find that the lake was full, as in it simply can’t hold any more water without flooding the established shoreline foliage.
Shasta Lake in Oct. 2009
Shasta Lake in June 2011
Speaking of Weather, while in Redding, I was holed up in a hotel for a few days while it rained and rained, …and rained. During one severe spell, I could see some very ominous clouds nearing my hotel. I headed out to do a little storm chasing, and managed to catch a funnel cloud that I posted to my Facebook Fan Page. If you haven’t seen it, check it out, and may I dare even suggest you “Like” my page while you’re there.
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