GRA wrote:A lot less tree cover in the lower montane forest belt, that's for sure, and probably we'll see the foothill woodlands/chaparral move well upwards as snowfall decreases.
Here is what wintertime precipitation looks like in CA BEFORE this winter happened
Unfortunately, this means that many are currently suffering greatly due to the massive rains.
Yes, this January (Dec. had very little snow) has resembled Jan '97, aka the 'Great Yosemite Flood' year, with wave after wave of storms coming in, although the one then right around New Year's was very warm (the second or third storm in the string that hit us this time melted a lot of the snow that had just fallen, and caused the first round of flooding). We're now at about the sixth or maybe seventh storm this month, and high winds combined with lots of dead trees from drought are bringing them down all over the place. The fact that so much of the state burned during the drought probably also increases the amount of runoff, and certainly boosts the amount of sediment. While it's bad for the people who are getting flooded, we really need the water, especially to refill the aquifers. See http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/201 ... nderground
BTW, the link to the satellite photos doesn't work for me.