Storm creates positive outlook for spring fishing
I cannot recall ever seeing a Blizzard Warning issued by the National Weather Service, but this past storm certainly merited the hype.
We have seen plenty of Winter Storm Warnings, but a Blizzard Warning is pretty rare.
Blizzard Warnings are issued when the following conditions are forecast to last at least three hours: Falling and/or blowing snow frequently reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile and sustained winds or frequent gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph.
The storm certainly met the criteria with the high winds and heavy snowfall that began Friday afternoon and dumped a significant amount of snow in a pretty short time. The storm came at a very difficult time for me, personally, since I was nursing a bad cold.
Snow removal, which I typically keep on top of at my house, got put on the back burner. I got out twice and did the driveway and cars, but I had to rely on the help of my wife and son after the last batch of snow Saturday night.
I watched the Weather Channel quite a bit during the days preceding and during the storm, and the one comparison that impressed me was how this past storm’s low pressure compared to the biggest storms of all time. It was in the top three, and one of the storms on that list was the one called the “Perfect Storm,” about which a movie was made documenting the loss of the crew on the Andrea Gail.
The storm totals were pretty impressive, with most local ski resorts reporting about five to six feet of snow. While it was not the eight to 10 feet that was being suggested in the warning, it was still a good storm that brought a much-needed boost to the Sierra snowpack. In fact, drainage wide, according to Snotel figures, we are now at around 95 percent of normal. Some measuring stations in the drainage are even well over 100 percent.
This is certainly good news for those concerned with water issues for the upcoming year. We now have a pretty decent shot to come up with a good snowpack for the season.
Fisherman should be happy that the lakes and reservoirs will be filling up and that the streams will be running well again this season. Unlike last season, we will probably have the early-season run-off that was non existent last season due to the poor snowpack.
Whatever the rest of the winter holds in store for us, the snowpack can only get better from this point on. We are off to a great start to the winter, and those anticipating the fishing season in the spring can look forward a pretty good year.
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