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Where is the Sierra Snow

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on March 12, 2020 19:19

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The California snow-pack is known as the largest dam in the world—it holds back water until California needs it.

The weather felt strange last month in the Sierras, when, at this time of year, there was hardly any snow falling. Usually, or in the past decade, we will get half of our snow-pack in February. But for some unknown reason we had very, very little snow falling. 

From what I heard and read many of our storms went north, over California, and came down south east of Nevada, and then went east. That left us bone dry. Will the storm window open up in March? Are we going to have a late winter season where we get enough snow to fill our dams and our lakes?

Something similar happened in 1960, where we got our major storms in February. It started to snow a few days before the 1960 Olympics — which was held in California — and then continued to snow way into March. 

The Sierras snow-pack is very important for California because this is where our summer water is stored. The snow-pack is known as the largest dam in the world because it holds back water until we need it. 

Many of the pine trees are dried out and look like patches of dry spots grouped together in the forest. Many lumber companies would refuse to remove them because they might have wood beetles. Water prevents wood beetles from attacking trees, and so the lack of water attracts them. Lumber companies do not want these trees because the beetle can jump from the dead tree in the company's yard to the good, cut trees, and destroy the lumber in the yard.

Let's hope that it starts to snow in the Sierras soon so that we will have enough water both for the summer, and to keep the wood beetle out of our forest.

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on March 12, 2020 19:19

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