Might have been checking for bugs. Might just be living up (or down) to
its name (I have a bunch of trees with patterns of holes those guys
I'm a bit concerned that we might be in for a repeat of a few years
back, when it hit 80?F in early March, and then froze all the
buds/flowers off the fruit trees in late April. Pretty much doodly-squat
for fruit that year.
Cats, coffee, chocolate...vices to live by
Please don't feed the trolls. Killfile and ignore them so they will go away.
Yesterday's storm was rather "warm" as storms go
The temperature is dropping like a rock. Looks
like a Maritime Polar is on its way! (I can't help
myself, I do so love snow!)
So it seems like we are back to tag team.
A few years back, we had monster Maritime Polar come
through and dump a ton of snow. Then it got tagged
with a really warm Maritime Tropical with a snow
level of about 11,000 feet. It melted all the
snow from the previous storm. The effect was
two huge storms a once. Tons of flooding.
It is much better for the first storm to be a
I wish we could send y'all some rain, we're expecting heavy rains today
and for the next several days. I hope it is not like last years spring
rain where we got 18 inches in three days. Heavily overcast out there as
I just went out to check the gardens. We've mostly got our spring garden
planted with minor exceptions.
I'm getting up earlier nowadays since the doctor took me off another
heart med and cut one from three pills a day to half a pill morning and
evening. Also sleeping better since I'm taking a 10 mg Melatonin tablet
the reservoirs added another 300,000af to the totals
in one day. so, yeah, they got a pretty good rain over
most of the state for a change. :) and the middle and
the south part got some. that is what they really need
is more rain to the south and central parts where the
reservoirs are the most depleted.
in spots they say something like 11 inches of rain in
:) a good night's sleep can make so much difference!
hope you're feeling better?
I'll never be a spry youngster anymore but I'm going to bed around 2100
and getting up about 0600 and not needing a nap until mid afternoon.
That beats laying around all day dozing off and drooling. Of course the
dawg misses the naps but it doesn't slow her down, she knows she's old
too. She's snoring on the couch behind my desk and its only 1955 hours.
Tilly Dawg knows how to live right. I am feeling better and am not
dragging my leg as much. When the doc tested me n the 1st of March my BP
was 97 over 60, I felt tired and he almost passed out that I could still
be moving at that BP. He really got worried when I mentioned BP's in the
70 and 80 range one day and almost 300 the next. Heck, I'm used to it,
been having a bad heart since 1986, you do get used to it and learn to
pace yourself. Been left for dead twice in all these years but I'm still
kicking. I've still got great grandbabies to train yet. Someone has to
teach them how to fix things and grow their own food. Their parents are
all busy making a living.
true and a lot of kids are too, but even if they
can get a bit of fond memories for later on when they
slow down they can come back to it. like gardening...
it can be picked up later.
napping is dangerous. i've fought all night to not
take a nap so i can get to sleep at a normal time in
a few minutes.
*scritch the dawg for me*
think my BP is doing ok, don't think i ever felt
over 300, when i was hiking and swimming it was probably
the best. now probably 90 - 110. i know my metabolism
is very efficient when i'm resting.
spring flowers will be out soon, too warm for the rest
of the week and they are already poking up. ground isn't
frozen enough. most the snow is now gone.
looks like the rains are hammering y'alls again... eek!
Tilly likes long naps to get ready for bed. I'm trying not to listen to her.
She do like being scratched, mostly around the base of her tail, under
her neck, and on top of her head. She seems to be able to reach
everywhere else. She also likes giving kisses and the great grands seem
to think it's the thing to walk over to Tilly and tell her "gimmie a
smooch" and she religiously does it, which gets giggles.
You're still a kid, wait till old age sets in. You will probably be like
my Mother, still going strong into her eighties, went to sleep and
didn't wake up at 89. When I was a young boy I used to watch her weed
her flower beds. She would pick up a snake, snap it like a whip and take
its head off, then want me to go bury it or throw it in the pond. I'm
not like her, I carry a mean hoe and can chop a poisonous snake's head
at six feet. Much safer for someone who can no longer run. Fortunately
the dawg spots them first and runs them under the fence.
It's not bad 'bird, coming in squalls, had another one just hit us an
hour ago. Left standing water in the gardens and yard so we have
saturated soil and clay now. Probably going to go on for another two or
three days. That's normal rain in SE Texas, the home of floods,
tornadoes, and hurricanes.
Makes the crazy drivers slow down maybe a mile or two. Saw a notice in
the paper the other day that the main thoroughfare in front of our
subdivision handles over 100,000 vehicles a day. Mostly during the go to
work and go home again times. I believe because I don't get out on the
road until after 0900.
cranking right along, storms still coming. :)
the storm yesterday made it to the south and the
day before they had a storm rain in the central part
for over a day and a half.
things have calmed down quite a bit and the snow pack
has begun to shrink even more without new snows piling on
more rains in the forecast, but i don't know how heavy
they will turn out to be. not enough in the central and
southern parts by far...
still hoping for more rain this rainy season, but they
are doing much better this year than last year.
looks like it topped out sometime the past few weeks
at about 19maf, which put it at seasonal average of 90%.
still most of the water is far to the north of where
it was really needed. the central part of CA did get
some more rains and snows which did help a lot, but
still could have used a lot more. the southern part of
CA did not get much at all to help it break the drought.
the snow pack is rapidly melting off.
if the coming year is a La Nina year (dryer than
normal) then the drought will be back on for the
central part and the southern part will be even worse
than it currently is (which is hard to imagine).
from the other side Lake Powell and Lake Mead are
also on the low end of their historic averages. the
snow pack there was not too bad, it will be interesting
to see what level Lake Powell tops out at. they've
been keeping the upper reservoirs fairly full (that
feed into Lake Powell).
...about CA water storage/season...
this year is looking pretty good, if there
wasn't the situation with the Oroville Spillway
it would be great.
major reservoir levels are reading about:
Total Storage (AF) 22,656,646
Total Average Storage 20,567,895
Total % Group Average 110.16%
Snow pack is where it is at:
Statewide Average SWEQ 31"
Statewide Percent of April 1 110%
Statewide Percent of Normal 194%
especially considering that two short years ago
it was pretty much zero...
Heading over to the Colorado River basin (which
also supplies water to CA via aqueducts):
the river forecast is that there will be some
extra water for Lake Mead this year, not exactly
sure how much, but anything extra is a help with
it running lower. the more good news is that
there are expectations and hopes that less will
snow pack there is reported to also be in pretty
good shape. runoff is just now starting to get
the overall picture is pretty good. the
drought is mostly considered over and another
bullet was dodged. this extra wet year will
buy them more time to upgrade and enhance the
ground water districts and to try to get a
better balance between pumping and recharge
rates. plenty of projects are going in to
help with this, but it does take time for them
to be put in. water recycling and desalinization
projects are also in the works.
and of course i'm always glad to see environmental
restoration and projects aimed at putting a more
natural water holding systems back in place (forests
and meadows upstream). just returning beavers to
an area can do a great deal for that.
the most recent update looks ok, but is
pretty much as expected after such a great
Total AF 23,169,139
Group Average 118.05%
only three reservoirs in the list not
doing that well, and one of them is the result
of the spillway break at Oroville (repairs
underway), the other two are in the far south
where the need is greatest. hopefully they
can be shored up this season from water shipped
Lake Mead and Lake Powell are doing ok, but
the lack of spring rains meant about 1maf of
snow evaporated rather than contributed to
runoff. the inflows to Lake Powell peaked
a few weeks ago, but it is still rising very
slowly. probably will peak soon (around 66-67%
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