This time of year means’ snow season’ in most parts of the country, and snow seems to be overwhelmingly present. As the overwhelming amount of snow may even seem to be altogether irritating, it is still very beautiful, and greatly needed for our future water supply. In viewing a lot of other AC contributor’s articles, I have seen my share of snow, picture slide shows, snow falling, blizzard Videos, first- hand reports of the power outages and trying to dig out buried vehicles. My heart goes out to you.
I cannot help but be thankful for the area I live in, granted I get my fair share of rain, wind and fog, I am not complaining. Snow is bothersome unless you like to ski, sled or snowboard. For this I would go a short distance to indulge in these activities. Yes the snow is not very far from where I live, but I still manage to ignore this fact by staying close to home and admiring the beautiful Sierra’s from afar.
This time of year, on a clear fogless, day, as I drive home heading east, I take in the beautiful sights of the Sierra’s. The snow white capped mountain range is serene from afar. If I only had a telephoto camera lens I could photograph it from here, maybe I’ll get my sister to use her giant telephoto lens and take some pictures for me. The only other way I’m going to get any pictures of the snow is to go there and I have no plans to do that any time soon.
Kids and snow just go together and as a kid I can remember going on adventures with my Dad and sister and being so excited that I could hardly wait to get to where the snow was. We had to borrow boots, and drag along our garbage can lids to go down some little hills, but we didn’t care we were going to the ‘SNOW’. But, after only a few minutes in the cold white stuff, soaked jeans and socks, shivering and numb; we had to get back in the car. This same scenario played out when I became a Mom we took our little daughter and her little friend only to do the same thing.
With California’s drought situation we need all the snow we can get. The News reports of the Sierra’s shows significant amounts of snow falling every day. The Sierras have received 5-9 inches just today already. When the thaw starts in the early spring our reservoirs will start to fill and make things right again. If the snow thaws slowly we shouldn’t have any problems with flooding.
My AC friends who are suffering with all the snow right now have my deepest concern for their well being. Like I said I have lived in Central Ca. all my life and have not had to deal with the problems you all are facing. I can only try to be a little comforting and extend to you some encouragement.
Sources; www.sierraattahoe.com, personal experience and knowledge.