Today dawned murky. To the west, over the lake, darker clouds can be seen moving slowly towards us. This winter started out with little snow, but in the past two months we have caught up and are now well above … Continue reading
Yesterday was dramatic, periods of cloud followed by bright, intense sunlight. In the afternoon cloud rolled in, followed by rain, heavy at night and accompanied by thunder, then changing to light snow. The day’s high temperature was 72F, reached about … Continue reading
“It’s raining pretty good.” I’m standing on the front porch with a relative, almost any relative including my dad; the rain, a soft female rain, or a fierce male rain, falls before us, drumming on the porch roof. We are … Continue reading
Although we have had rain, we are moving into our fire season with no snow pack in the mountains. Typically, the snow pack would be about five feet deep at this point, and the slow melting of the pack would nurture the trees as they leaf out. Dry weather and no snow pack increase the danger of wildfires, as do warming temperatures.
Our winter was the warmest on record by nearly 2 degrees F, and we had the third least snowy season. Now we are concerned with fire, and perhaps drought. Climate change has real, persistent, impacts on local ecosystems, ours included, and is increasingly a persistent part of our collective storytelling. Continue reading