November 21, 2017

Gordon Hayward Injured -

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Mrs. Tribuzi, Dance Teacher Extraordinaire -

Monday, October 30, 2017

theSkimm: The Millennial Generation of News -

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cross Country Runs into the 2017 Season -

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Should You Attend the Women’s Marches? -

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bearcats Blown Away by Chalk Fest -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The New Tardy Policy Pilot Is Over -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SMHS Chalk Fest is an Instant Successes -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chalk Fest is Shaping Up Well This Year -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Boys Volleyball Season Comes to a Close -

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bearcat Chefs Compete in Nacho Contest -

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bearcat Invitational Track Meet a Huge Success -

Monday, May 8, 2017

Concert Band Prepares for Spring Concert -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Students: “Beware the Banality of a Busy Life” -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Roger Federer Proves he is the GOAT -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Coach John Tells Us About Boys Tennis -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Olaiha Fonua and His Friend Perform at Green Week -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eureka, We Built It! -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

International Week Celebrates Diversity -

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

International Week Shines -

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Can I Have a Glass of Water?

drought

Within the past few months, the Bay Area has received steady rainfall. Periods of rain have lasted weeks, which feels a bit outlandish, considering the average annual rainfall in this area has been around 22 inches, compared to 39 for the States. Even with all this recent rain, California is still shown as status: in a drought. Nearly five years after hitting a record low in rainfall in the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, things are finally taking a turn for the better. Life is flourishing, reservoirs are filling and snow is collecting in the mountains. Lake Shasta’s water levels are approaching capacity— and the storms keep coming.

“By Monday, seasonal rainfall jumped above the historic average across much of the state — uncommon territory over the past four years — with San Francisco notching 21 inches of rain since July 1, more than the city has seen in an entire year going back to 2011,” wrote Kurtis Alexander, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, in March of 2016.

Some things can be a gift and a curse.

Aside from the bombardment of flood warnings, the lack of rainfall in California for many years past could explain the neglect to repair and maintain dams and reservoirs. This results in catastrophe, such as the recent incident at Oroville Dam. Now, the once-tourist attraction is marked by the disastrous label, “permanently closed.” As according to the Washington Post, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “Dams, bridges, roads and all ports around the country have fallen into disrepair. In order to prevent the next disaster, we will pursue the president’s (Trump) vision for overhaul of our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.” Unfortunately, the repair costs would reside in the tens of billions.

Northern California has experienced temporary drought relief, and now faces new problems of its own; but how well has southern California fared?

El Niño brought storms to ease the parched northern California, but mostly left the southern half high and (especially) dry. For instance, the Soberanes fire burned strongly, since lack of rainfall resulted in dry wood. According to The Mercury News, the fire “blackened 132,000 acres of rugged backcountry in Big Sur.” Coincidentally, Big Sur is part of southern California.

Unfortunately, southern Cali will still need several years in order to recover. On the flip side of the coin, northern California is improving. And until then, we can only wait and hope for the best.

 

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