Loc: Ozark Mountains in SW Missouri
Wow, that is scary. I know I lived in SoCal during some very dry years, but I don't recall if they were record drought years. Some of them may have been. Either way it's worse there now and it surely makes for some tough choices.
How will this affect the fire risk? It could be that new growth has been low and that might reduce the risk some. On the other hand, things have got to be dried to a crisp.
Yes, we are seeing from the East coast day after day of the horrible conditions worsening and it scares us as well. That is a big chunk of our country not counting the Texas area that is devastated by drought. If that jet stream doesn't return to a normal pattern as we know it its going to continue. Those who know their history of the great dust bowl will be reminded that these events can last many years. Yes their were problems in that period with abuse of the land but rainfall was still nonexistent. Consider now the increased population and the need to grow food for that many more people. Your not alone in your struggle, we are certainly pulling for you...we're all in this together.
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Per Prof. Cliff Mass' latest blog, "atmospheric rivers" out of the subtropics are due to hit California (and, evidently, Oregon) for the next week. These used to be known as "pineapple express," although at present any pineapples are frozen solid here in Oregon.
Hopefully, there will be enough moisture to alleviate the drought a while? Maybe even green up the hills around the bay area? When I went down for New Year's, everything was not even brown, but gray, and very dusty!
My daughter's dog (20 month old Lab/Golden cross), who is has been staying with me since New Year's, is having a wonderful time in the snow! He may not be so happy tomorrow when the freezing rain hits. Unfortunately he goes back to my daughter the 15th. I'm going to miss him!
Edited by OregonMouse (02/07/1405:04 PM)
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey