Caltrans has released the first road report for the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project on Highway 395 along Mono Lake just north of Lee Vining:
This year’s Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner is coming up on Friday, April 24 … reserve your ticket today!
The keynote speaker this year will be Marcie Edwards, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. It has become a bit of a tradition for DWP General Managers to speak at the event, with Ron Nichols’ remarks in 2011 and David Nahai’s in 2008, and now we look forward to hearing (more…)
A superlative drought continues for California and the impacts are unprecedented. Wherever you live in the state you can’t easily ignore the feeling that winter has been mostly absent. Rain and snow have largely missed California four years in a row. Record dry and warm conditions have combined to produce the worst drought in the state’s recorded weather history. By some measures it’s the most acute in 1,200 years.
The central Sierra Nevada sits at the epicenter of the worst drought conditions. Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierra remain at the boundary of exceptional and extreme drought categories as defined by the US Department of Agriculture. It has been so dry that Lee Vining and the Mono Basin have lost roughly the equivalent of an entire year’s worth of precipitation within the last three. So far this water year, we are running at 23% of normal with more than half of the winter past us. Record warm temperatures in the Sierra continue with increased sublimation, evaporation, and further dehydration of soils. (more…)
The March 1st snow surveys in the Mono Basin were completed on February 25th, and measured 33% of average snow water content. Even though the snowpack doubled in February, this is only a slight improvement over the February 1st surveys, which found only 23% of average snow water content at the five snow courses where snow is measured. The February 1st surveys, completed at the end of January, found the second-lowest snowpack on record in most places and a record low snowpack at Gem Lake. As of March 1st, the Gem Lake snowpack now ranks the seventh-lowest ever measured (out of 55 years). (more…)