For those of you who haven’t heard, California has been experiencing record drought, like state of emergency drought, for five years! Over the past couple months alone we have experienced more rain than we’ve seen in a very long time. Nearly all of California is exploding with life again after being in a severe drought for so long. This is the wettest winter in five years and statistical reports show we’re in the midst of one of the wettest California rainy seasons on record.
Such an incredible difference a couple months of rain can do! These satellite images from San Francisco-based Planet Labs shows just how much we needed it.
Left: Folsom Lake on Oct. 26, 2015. Right: Folsom Lake on Jan. 14, 2017. (Images provided by Planet Labs)
Living in the magical land of Ferngully, or as you know it Oregon, for so long I’m used to the rain and everything being green all the time. Being in Los Angeles now for 10 years there has been very few wet winters and almost zero rain over the past five years. I gotta say at first it was awesome cause who doesn’t want sunshine all the time especially after years of dark skies and rain, but after a while you begin to miss it. Or at least I do.
During our last rain storm Eric and I decided to drive out to the Carrizo Plains to see the effects of all the rain we’ve been having. It’s only about an hours drive north of Los Angeles. Last time we were up there it was like a desert, all brown and dry.
It’s absolutely beautiful there! Green rolling hills and all the wildflowers are starting to bloom. I’ve never seen California look like this, not down here!
We wanted to check out the hiking trails at the Wind Wolves Preserve but due to the weather conditions parts of the trail had been washed away so it’s been closed down for a couple weeks. It is absolutely beautiful up at the Wind Wolves Preserve. Spring has only just begun in Cali and the wildflowers are starting to bloom. In a couple more weeks all the wildflowers will be in full bloom and this place will be magnificent! I highly recommend checking it out.