Yes, I do feel a tinge of guilt, seeing my friends in the Midwest and East Coast regions experiencing this….
I started to call this post “Pardon my Spring: or Don’t Hate Me ‘Cause I’m Warm and Beautiful”; but that seemed a bit obnoxious. Yes, I do feel a tinge of guilt, seeing my friends in the Midwest and East Coast regions experiencing this:
Source for 1st & 3rd, 4th photos.
…when we on the Pacific side, Oakland, SF Bay CA are experiencing this:
~ 60 deg. F, and a Spring that started in January.
But all this beauty has come at an ugly price: for the first time in my lifetime, we’ve experienced a Winter with no rain. Our two small drizzles brought us this early Spring, yes, but they have also left us 90% below normal rainfall. Our ground water reserves are unreplenished, reservoirs are at 30%, and everyone is bracing for a busy fire season. River levels for our salmon are at all time lows, and Central Valley fields lie fallow. Gov. Brown has declared all of the state a drought zone, and Obama brought emergency funds for farmers- on Valentines Day. As a former fisheries biologist, I worry about the fish: no one has come to their aid. So our salmon runs will likely be badly reduced for the next 4 years.
But we’ll take this embarrassing blush of beauty while it lasts.
If you are in the cold dead zone of Winter, come out and spend some sunny warm days on the West Coast. Oakland was voted top 10 US cities to come visit. 😉
Either way, Warm thoughts to our frigid friends to the East; hang in there- your Spring will come soon!