rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,

The Milding

It has been raining off and on all day, and there has been some pretty strong wind, but so far no power outages. As for the next couple of days, I don't know if we've gotten lucky or unlucky. Locally it's probably lucky, as there is now predicted to be considerably less snow than was originally expected, and it will be falling in between periods of rain that are likely to prevent any big buildups. In other words, the storm isn't quite as cold as had been expected.

Statewide, and over the long run, it's unlucky, because the odds that this storm will significantly augment the Sierra snowpack on which the state depends for water have dropped. So, my gas bill this month could be slightly less than it would have been, and it's not likely that I'll get snowbound, or that the roads will be impassible this weekend and prevent me from going shopping Sunday, but the trade off will probably be stricter water controls come summer, and thus more stress for my trees and plants.

The subsequent storm later next week is now expected to be slightly warmer, too, and less intense, but at least that will be good for the frogs. I look forward (listen forward?) to hearing the amphibian chorus sing in the milder nights to come. Here's hoping that once the winter storms have passed the nights remain mild throughout spring, and we don't get a premature summer.

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