|These guys seem to like that steady light rain.|
The storm that gave the Bay Are fairly consistent moderate rain all morning and early afternoon moved onshore today earlier than expected, and before breaking apart. What should have been sporadic showers for today and tomorrow, turned into rain for today, and we may still see some wrap around showers in the morning Wednesday. And it will deliver a lot more punch to our east than what was expected even Tuesday. The mountains look likely to receive snow from this one, and with the cold air it is packing, the freezing level will likely drop well below 6000 feet. For June that is just unheard of. Not a whole lot. A few inches at 5500 feet and perhaps eight along the crest tomorrow. But remember it is June, not January.
|Thistle near 3 Mile Beach, Santa Cruz|
All this rain and snow is good for something. Kirkwood closed out there stellar season with a foot of fresh this past Sunday. Reports from the lucky folk who ventured up were simple: epic. The touring crowd is just getting started on what looks to be an epic spring (or should I say summer) season, as the high Sierra has one of the deepest and freshest snow packs in memory. And the rain has certainly gotten us out of our drought. Even better, in my estimate, it has kept the ground from getting too dry. It has been a great year so far for the garden, with some really warm days, and plenty of nature's irrigation. Now, if only things were to get hot like they were just about a month ago, my tomatoes would be super stoked.