When would I have ever thought I’d write something like, “The weather’s gorgeous, and that’s not good.” That’s the reality of living in the desert, more than global warming, I’m thinking. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe in global warming trends, I just don’t think this is the first, nor will it be the last, time California has faced a water shortage.
When I first moved out here, I had come from Maine on December 29, 1992 (my personal day from hell). As we rode from the San Francisco Airport to Windsor, we must have seen three to four rainbows. I took it as a great sign, and the only high points of that day, while moving across country with my husband, two kids, three cats, and our black lab. What a mess!
People on the bus were all elated, because of the rain. I didn’t understand. Where I had come from, it was below zero. It wouldn’t begin to really get warm until June. There were several years that during the entire month of June – after waiting for nine months to get any real heat again – it would rain the entire month, and this happened more than one June in my life as a Maine-ah!
“What’s their fascination?” I thought. But, after living here for 15 yeas, it has begun to sink in… Rain is good, because we’re living in a desert. It’s that simple.
When I walked Kick Ranch with Dick Keenan, he took me up to his reservoir. After a normal winter, this reservoir should be full. If you look at this image, you’ll see the severity of what California is facing, in terms of a water shortage.
As of this writing for this year, only 7.28 inches of rain has fallen in Santa Rosa, as compared to an average of 16.21 inches.
According to a Santa Rosa Press Democrat story entitled, Mandatory Water Cutbacks Expected by Bob Norberg and Glenda Anderson, “‘Unless the weather changes substantially and we get a lot of rain, we are looking at potentially mandatory conservation this summer,’ said Pam Jeane, Sonoma County Water Agency’s deputy director of water operations.”
The story continues, “Sean White, general manager of the Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District, said it’s too early to panic, but warns Lake Mendocino is lower than it was at this time in 1977, the worst drought year on record.”
I repeat… The weather’s gorgeous, and that’s not good…. In fact, it’s pretty serious. Wildfires this year could be pretty awful. I imagine that this impacts the economy of us all. Do insurance companies raise rates regionally, or do they spread it out over the entire country in small increments? It seems logical that they’d do that, but would they ever tell us about it? Does someone in Iowa, for instance, pay a few dollars more, because it’s spread all around? Seems like this is how they’d do it, so prices don’t got through the roof in one region, making it impossible to live there.
I’m going out to do a rain dance. How about you?