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    Northern California

    Aug 2007
    Southern California
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    Weather or Whether 4 NorCal Sierras

    We are expecting some weather
    Though actually the estimate is whether
    We have snow or rain or both or none or some.

    What torment to wait and see what is to transpire
    The waiting and baiting by the weather estimators
    Whether to prep our gear or let ourselves out for hire?

    A week or two More might tell the tale
    Will we be panning, or sluicing or sampling
    But to be out there would be great especially to share an Ale!

    The snow on the ground is a thinning
    From elevations low to 7000 feet we are winning
    The next two weeks will be telling whether we
    Will start soon or if the Weather will keep us (you fill in the blank)

    A poet I'm not but I'm bored so there it is, nothing that Lanny need worry about!. Keep on smiling ........63bkpkr
    Out searching w/GMT & friend under my arm

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    Oct 2018
    Central Valley California
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    It's strange, I honestly can't remember the last time it rained in May. I've gotten so used to the drought for several years that this much rain feels so weird now.

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    us
    Mar 2016
    Tahoe, CA
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    Didn't get much in Tahoe today. Sprinkles, no big rains yet. Looks like the foothills are getting lots of rain.

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    us
    Sep 2015
    Southeast Grundy, Illinois
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    Rained like a banchee here in shingle springs last night.
    "See your doctor if your detector has a detection for more then four hours!"

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    us
    Prospector

    Apr 2014
    Modesto, CA
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    Unfortunately it seems like this is going to be a cold storm with snow levels dropping to 5000 feet. I was hoping for a warm one to melt the snow. The river I frequent east of Sac has been holding steady at ~2500 CFS. Still too high to snipe. Turbulent water makes it hard to sluice.. although I did see a guy trying to snipe a couple weeks ago.. I'm sure he was fighting cold water, the current, and low visibility the whole time (I've made the same mistake before). I did find shallow pockets loaded with black sand and flood gold all over the place, leading me to be very optimistic for the summer. Tons of snakes too! I saw 4 on a hundred yard stretch of river!

    Like Herb said, it's wait and see... but I suspect this storm, due to the snow, is only going to prolong the high waters a little longer But hey, it will make it that much sweeter when the time finally comes!

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    Northern California

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    At 10:21 AM this morning (16May19)at the Royal Gorge Ski Resort the temp was 26 degrees F so possibly the previous wetish snow packed ICED over. The NFAR water flow at about midnight last night went up, almost straight up so the water coming off the mountain and of course some new snow has really boosted the flow. I think it all still means Wait too see what happens through this week into next week, that's Whether we like the Weather or not. Sigh?...............63bkpkr


    Addendum: @ 10:30 AM (16May). Along Highway 80;

    5000'. Blue Canyon Wet

    6100' Kingvale. Wet

    6700' Soda Springs Sssssnow

    7100' Castle Peak Sssssnow

    7200' Donner Summit, you guessed it the white stuff

    BUT at all snow locations the NEW Snow is not thick/deep. and the weather guessers are predicting a "Winter Mix". I assume that means snow and rain with rain and snow. However tonight it is expected to get quite cold [today through Saturday of the following week = below freezing like in the mid 20's]so Highway 80 will be solid ice and so will all the wet snow. Will it warm up a little next week and RAIN Heavily? {maybe better odds than the LoTo but not by much}. Well "S" word (snow)!

    Addendum #2: 4:20 PM 16 May. Highway 80

    6500' on down there is running water on the shoulder of the Highway and light snow has started at 5000'

    ~ 7000' and up the snow is accumulating, the Highway is very wet

    At Donner Lake there is none to very little snow.

    At Royal Gorge Ski Lodge the Bear Traps at the base of some trees have filled in. Canyon by Canyon weather.

    The NFAR Doubled its CFS flow rate in 12 hours peaking at ~4300cfs
    Last edited by 63bkpkr; May 16, 2019 at 06:30 PM.
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    us
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    Tahoe, CA
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    Sat night through Sun afternoon, cold, snow and rain. I seriously hope you have a dry warm place to stay!

  8. #8
    us
    Jan 2016
    South of Gunnison, Gold Basin
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    Still snowing in the Rockies. I thought winter was over but we wake up with 7 new inches of snow every weekend it seems.

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    Gold Tramp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahoegold View Post
    Sat night through Sun afternoon, cold, snow and rain. I seriously hope you have a dry warm place to stay!
    Drywashin and bleepin going strong here. Warm n dry gets even better when it hits 110.
    Gt...

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    Mar 2014
    NorCal
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    I made it out Friday morning to this morning up near Colfax on the bear river. A buddy came up fro San Diego and only had this window, and we hit it just right as when we arrived at the river the rain was just stopping and it did not start again until right after we left this morning. It was a little cloudy out but still nice weather and windows of blue sky and sun which were really nice. The flow on the bear, even with the rain was much lower than the last few trips out.
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    dan zoller

    Jun 2015
    eldorado co.
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    sluiceing ,suckin dirt,having a good time , shoveling till i hit bedrock!
    Ya we got a lil bit of snow on the dogwood blooms here in pollock pines , thats supossed to be sign of summer but forcast of rain wont give up ! And those rivers are gonne be rippin for awhile !
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    bug
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    Ya Dan with all that warm weather we were having before this rain, I was wondering if we were going to get that dogwood snow this year.
    It never seems to fail though.
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    dan zoller

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    sluiceing ,suckin dirt,having a good time , shoveling till i hit bedrock!
    Ya right it happends every year just never know when , ya creeks up this way are rippin like rivers!

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    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
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    Mytimetoshine and I got soaked for the first few hours yesterday.

    It was nice when the sun came out.

    Felt like February most of the morning.

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    MAGA

    Dec 2015
    Oregon Coast
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    I'm lovin' the normal weather here in Oregone, a little bit of this and a little bit of that!

 

 

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