Right here in Santa Barbara particularly, we received hit by what I might classify as a pure catastrophe sort quantity of rain (at my home specifically). We recorded 17.3″ of rain in 24 hours, which with nice luck did not harm the property all that dangerous as a result of I am on the peak of the go but it surely all arrived on the town and overwhelmed the storm techniques. Tons of automobiles underwater, streets flooded waist deep, mud flows throughout, and an incredible quantity of street harm within the mountains. Some mountain roads are 100% impassable now as a result of the street broke in half and fell into the creek or off the mountain facet. Do not know when it will all get fastened. The 154 freeway to my home has been closed for the final week and we’re utilizing one other mountain street to go back and forth, but it surely’s additionally severely broken and down to at least one lane in quite a lot of locations.
The reservoir behind SB went from 37% to 80% in a single day and can spill within the subsequent few days, it gained 100,000 acre toes in a single day. A few of it’s silt I am certain, however nonetheless a stunning end result from at some point of rain.
With our present trajectory of snowpack within the Sierras, IF it continues, we’ll make a dent within the drought. If we get a repeat of final yr’s dry January onward, it was a very good yr however not a drought buster. I might warning pessimism in regards to the present reservoir ranges in Seanny’s hyperlink although as a result of a lot of these (particularly northern) reservoirs are emptied in winter to allow them to fill with snowmelt in spring and there’s a LOT extra snow than standard.
I spent quite a lot of nice days going up and down the street proven under and held a 300 individual occasion on it the final yr for skaters. Actually unhappy to lose it.