Mt. Lassen, all photos from Nationalgeographic.com
Record Low Snow In The West Means???
Ironically, but not surprising, while the Mid-West and East coast have been slammed with record snow, the west has been suffering, again. We have had record low snowfall (and warm temps) here in the Boise area surrounding mountains and farther north. California has not fared well either. Listening to the news the snowfall for parts of the Sierra Nevada mountains that feeds to lots of California had 4 INCHES, NOT FEET, of snow. And it's March. This means a lot of things, from what I know, having lived there-
*If there aren't already serious water restrictions, there should be, and might be. Better buy a bunch of rain barrels.
*The agricultural economy will continue to suffer, with less crops being planted. That could spell higher food prices. Record prices?
*More fires, and a longer fire season. California is already prepping for fire season by hiring fire fighters. They are re-thinking what "fire season" means, as it may be 12 months a year.
*If California continues to have record droughts (and there's no reason to think that will change) what will happen to Nevada who relies on some of their water from there???
Watch the video on the National Geo link on water drillers. Now THAT'S SCARY. No regulations on how much water you can suck out, and wells running dry???