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The End Of The Drought That Wasn't (The Sequel...)

By Tom Chandler 1/12/2014

I'm completing the Underground's Trilogy of "here comes the massive, drought-ending storm" posts by noting it's sunny outside. And in point of fact, it's been sunny outside.

So much for the end of California's drought.

Even the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center -- whose job actually becomes a lot easier when there's no snow -- is basically sobbing:

Short term and long term, it doesn't look good. I'm sorry. Find the person closest to you, grab their hand, look them deep in the eyes and say, "It's going to be okay...". Thats about all the advice I can offer at this point for all that are drooling for winter, myself included!

Through his tear-stained keyboard, Ranger Nick Meyers goes on to note that we're looking at several more weeks of dry, warmer-than-normal weather.

It's never pretty when grown men cry.

Because the Underground occupies a leadership position in the online world, I'm forced to punish the forecasters responsible for this weekend's abject weather failure.

Accordingly, I've issued an order to have their weather fingers chopped off.

Not because they failed to make the right forecast (they're only human after all), but because they failed to make the snow fall.

It's accountability at that level that separates the Underground from the other online weather sites. After all, they're only willing to meekly report the weather.

We're willing to make the weather our bitch, eventually forcing it to rain.

See you wearing a phalange necklace, Tom Chandler.


Tom Chandler

As the author of the decade leading fly fishing blog Trout Underground, Tom believes that fishing is not about measuring the experience but instead of about having fun. As a staunch environmentalist, he brings to the Yobi Community thought leadership on environmental and access issues facing us today.

Scary times for small streams
Mos of the West sure isn't feeling the precipatory love, that's for sure.
No Bartons were consulted in the making of this post. I've always been willing to lop off a limb (someone else's) if it makes life easier for the Undergrounders...
I feel your pain: it's going to be a tough spring here too, unless Momma Nature decides to dump a whole lot of snow in the next couple of months. The Jemez to the north has a peak that I glance at occasionally and it's usually white this time of year. Looks nice and clear. The Valles Caldera has snow activities, usually, but they are reporting a base of zero inches of snow at the moment. That doesn't ... more bode well at all. The only upside is that the higher elevations got some snow a month or so ago and so it won't be totally dry all over but even those sites are reporting low snow pack right now. It'll be a tinderbox this summer. That means closures for sure. *sigh*
Uh... Tom? You haven't been hanging around with Barton again have you? This latest post has a distinctly barbed tone to it... Thus far, north central Idaho at least is looking better than last season, but I'm still nervous and willing to clip some fingers if that's what it takes. I've got this cousin in New York named Anthony...

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