Paula Light, at Light Motifs II, has this prompt she calls TGIF. She encourages us to take this opportunity to openly chat or jabber about anything we want.
Unless you’ve been in a coma since the end of the year, you’ve probably heard about what’s going on in California. You’ve probably heard terms like “atmospheric river,” “bomb cyclone,” and “pineapple express.” What it all boils down to is that the state has been battered since New Year’s Eve by storm after storm after storm coming at it from the Pacific Ocean, causing flooding, downed trees, power outages, evacuations, and deaths.
When I woke up this morning I was greeted by this on my newsfeed:
And that next round of storms has arrived. It’s been raining here all day and will continue to rain tomorrow as well. But the heaviest rains and the strongest winds will be arriving on Sunday through Monday. The ground is so saturated from two solid weeks of heavy rain that it can’t absorb any more, and that means it will just run off into streams and ponds, which are already overflowing.
But there is some good news. After Monday, there’s no more rain in the forecast for at least a week, so we’ll get a bit of a respite. And while the drought in Northern California is not over, as you can see from the graphic below, much of the state has improved from an exceptional, extreme, or severe drought status back in October, to a mostly moderate drought status.
And on that note, happy TGIF, everyone.