Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My Monthly Trip to Sawyer's Bar

It was another special day with the fresh snow but I had good roads for this monthly trip. When you enlarge the pictures look closely at the little colorful glimpse of the distant mountains with the sunshine through the snow covered trees at the top of the hill.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fresh Snow

We did get a bit of fresh snow in the mountains but not much on the roads. Tonight is supposed to bring 5-7 inches below 4000 feet and a couple of feet of snow above 7000 feet. The first picture is the north side of Black Butte, the second picture is Highway 3 coming down Forest Mountain towards Fort Jones.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Here We Go Again

Statement as of 5:50 am PDT on March 28, 2010

Special Weather Statement

... A cold and wet week on tap for interior northern California...

Mild weather will come to an end in northern California as a
series of storms will bring wintry weather to the area beginning
today and lasting well into the work week.

The first system will approach the far northern California coast
today but will weaken as it moves inland. Precipitation with this system
should primarily affect the coastal and northern mountains.

A stronger weather system will begin to move into the area on
Monday and continue into Tuesday. This system will bring periods
of valley rain with moderate to heavy snowfall in the mountains.
Snow accumulations will range from half a foot below pass levels
in the Sierra Nevada mountains to more than a foot of snow falling
above 7500 feet. Snow levels will start out high on Monday... but
will lower by early Tuesday morning to near 4000 feet in Shasta
County and to near 5000 feet over the West Slope of the Sierra
Nevada. Gusty southerly winds will also accompany this storm.

There will be a brief break in the weather in the valley late on
Tuesday but showers should linger in the mountains until the next
storm moves into the area on Wednesday. This storm will be much
colder than the prior one... resulting in rain showers and
isolated thunderstorms in the valley... and snow showers in the
mountains. The cold air mass will lower snow levels into the

Total mountain snow accumulations will range from a foot or more
at 5000 feet to two to three feet above 7000 feet. Rainfall
amounts in the Central Valley will range between a half an inch
to an inch of rain with some areas receiving higher amounts due to
heavier showers or thunderstorms.

In addition to the snow... periods of gusty winds will make travel
difficult and cause areas of blowing snow along the higher

Continue to monitor the latest forecasts for updates to this
hazardous series of storms. Current information can always be
found at: www.Weather.Gov/Sacramento

Saturday, March 27, 2010

More Lenticular Clouds

We had a nice sunny day and a few lenticular clouds were forming over Mount Shasta again. On the second image you can see the effects of strong winds at the top of Mount Shasta blowing the snow also and helping to form the clouds. The top picture was taken close to evening near the Weed airport and the other picture was taken near Mercy Hospital in Mount Shasta in the morning.
(as always, click the image to view a larger picture)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Visiting Nevada

Had a quick two day visit to Nevada and hit snow on the way home. Fresh snow in the mountains as well crossing the Sierras.
(as always, click image for a larger picture)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Antlers Bridge Project

The Bridge construction has slowed a bit as they rebuild the access road down to the now submerged work platform. The water level is now close to 30 feet from a full lake.
(as always, click images for larger pictures)

High Winds

You will have to click the image to enlarge the picture to see the blowing snow on the top of Mount Shasta yesterday. We had high winds with 50 mph gusts and it had to be cold up on top of the 14,000+ foot peak.

Monday, March 15, 2010


Well now you can no longer see the work platform from the boat launch ramp. It is gone, or actually completely covered with water.  The weather has turned warm for this week so the water level will rise much slower now. The lake level is still about 32 feet from the top.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

More Lenticular Clouds

Mount Shasta was quite beautiful again when the sun came out yesterday and had started forming lenticular clouds while the rest of the sky was blue and cloudless.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Redding Searchlight Does my Story

The Redding Searchlight ran a similar story with a similar picture about the Antlers Bridge construction.
They did one a couple days later than my original picture story on march 8th. The lake level is now just about 35 feet from the top.

Monday, March 8, 2010

What now, boss?

The additional rain from the last few days has put the work platform under water and the crane has been moved to higher ground. The work access road is also being consumed by water each day. What do we do now, boss?
The lake level is now at 1031.35, just 46 feet from a full lake.
(remember to click images for larger pictures)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pretty Trucks

Pretty trucks all in a row,
pretty trucks in the fresh snow,
pretty trucks with no where to go.

I see these trucks every day along I-5 north at the truck village exit.  They are very colorful against the fresh snow background.

Sawyers Bar Again

Another trip up the mountain to 5500 feet and a foot of new snow but clear roads. Thanks snow plow crew! Down the other side to Sawyer's Bar.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

More Rain and More Snow

The rain and mountain snow are continuing this week. The lake level continues to rise also. I had a couple of deliveries to the construction sites at the Antlers Bridge Project offices and noticed the work platform with the crane and the construction crew was only a few feet above the current water level. It is continuing to rise about 12 inches a day so where will this construction platform be by the end of the week? It was raining while I took this picture so it is not real sharp.
To see some of the previous pictures of the construction site at lower lake levels use the terms "bridge project" in the search box above.
(as always, click the image for a larger picture)