“Good luck and good work for the happy mountain raindrops, each one of them a high waterfall in itself, descending from the cliffs and hollows of the clouds to the cliffs and hollows of the rocks, out of the sky-thunder into the thunder of the falling rivers. Some, falling on meadows and bogs, creep silently out of sight to the grass roots, hiding softly as in a nest, slipping, oozing hither, thither, seeking and finding their appointed work.”
-John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra (1911)
What a year for water! I was back on Figueroa Mountain this last Monday and hiked down to the Sisquoc River via the Sulphur Creek Trail. There was still snow on the backsides of the peaks along the San Rafael Mountains around McKinley Mountain. Not bad for late May in our neck of the woods.
I had noted back in late March, Santa Barbara County 163% of Normal For Rainfall, and now CalTrout is reporting snow melt in the northern, central and southern Sierra to be 253%, 195% and 178% of normal, respectively.