I should be thrilled after years of California drought, but I confess I'm getting a little sick of this. Running in the rain is a lot less fun than running in dry weather. And when there is lots of water, there is also mud, another deterrent ...
But this is good -- the drought is finally broken, right? I decided to put some brains cells into finding out.
Here's the good news according to the California Weather Blog:
Why should we be glad that so much of the precipitation takes the form of snow? Existing water systems depend on winter snows, not run off.
Yet the warming climate points to less and less snowpack in the mountains of the West -- even if we don't have drought conditions. The Weather Blog explains how this will play out in the heavy rains of this year.
In fact, scientists foresee a drastic rise in the elevation at which rain becomes snow over the next century.
And warming conditions will do more than lower water run off.
Sure would be nice to have a government that was trying to reduce carbon emissions and plan for our dryer future. We have something like that in California, but in Washington the oil barons reign ...
Resist and protect much. The quality of the lives of those who come after us depend on what we do now.