As the Tahoe Basin prepares for another winter storm, this month appears to have the makings of a “Miracle March.” On March 1, snowpack in the Tahoe Basin was around 28 percent of the median water content, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
“I’ve gone to the backwoods of Calaveras, and you’re in the middle of nowhere, and you’re in a stand of olive trees where nobody has been for decades,” said Sal Manna, who co-authored a book, “Olives in California’s Gold Country.” Why is the Mother Lode full of scattered olive trees? Henry H. Moore of Stockton is the reason.
A proposed 760-unit housing development near Brockway Summit suffered a setback after a judge took issue with emergency evacuation procedures for wildfires. … He also issued a writ of mandate that directs the county to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act as it pertains to those procedures.
Spring is on its way, and with it comes more storms that have typified this March and drawn comparisons to 1991’s so-called “Miracle March.” … Tuesday will see the start of spring, with yet another storm to usher it in.
Well into the first of two winter storm warnings, some Lake Tahoe ski resorts are reporting more than 1 foot of fresh snow. … Another winter storm warning will take effect at 5 p.m. Thursday and last until 5 a.m. Saturday.
A pair of storms moving across the Bay Area this week and into the Sierra Nevada could dump eight feet of snow at higher elevations, said Mike Kochasic, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Sacramento. And although rain and snow are expected to remain far below average for the season after a bone-dry January and February, it’s still a relief to everyone from skiers to the state’s drought monitors.
Lake Tahoe’s cold, deep waters have long been the source of tall tales about death and hidden secrets. There are stories of bodies dumped by the Mafia floating in its depths, perfectly preserved by the cold temperatures, and others of Chinese laborers who were tied together and dropped into the icy waters to avoid payment for their work on the railroad.
Winter isn’t over yet in the Sierra. As a trough of low pressure hangs over Northern California, two storms will drop down from Gulf of Alaska and blast the mountain range shared by California and Nevada with snow.
Frank Gehrke trudges through snow and ice, as he’s done for nearly four decades in the Sierra Nevada. He’s one of many state workers who takes monthly snow surveys, in the same spots, to figure out how much water is in the snowpack. And this old-fashioned way of measuring the snowpack is quite laborsome.
From Water | Food | Environment — The Blog of David Guy:
Every year my family looks forward to visiting Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park—where you not only experience the beautiful alpine meadow, but you can also take in one of the wonderful presentations at the Parsons Memorial Lodge.
Long accustomed to dealing with bad news “garbage” bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they’re increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they’ve started calling “drought” bears.
A Ghost Ships exhibit at the Tahoe Maritime Museum highlights some of the many underwater stories and secrets Lake Tahoe has harbored, and offers some hints about may what yet be found in her famously clear, cold depths. The exhibit runs through April 2015.
Five hundred million dollars in road and water-quality improvements are underway on the California side of Lake Tahoe. … The new roads are designed to collect storm water and filter out pollution in 30-by-60-foot sand pits.