The State of Dry

It’s been raining for about the last week in San Francisco, which is a rather rare thing given that the weather actually has the nerve to rain during the day. Usually we are blessed here in Baghdad by the Bay that when it rains, it rains during the night, clears for the day, and then rains again at night. My mom keeps quoting that it is like Camelot in that way, although I’m sure she’s misquoting this somehow. Although her generalization about some ethnicity or another not liking boats as whole will always be the paramount misquote from mom.
But, speaking of family, I spent a rather large chunk of time up in the hometown of Oroville. While I was there, I went up to the lake, because really, you either go the lake or eating fast food. Oh, and shopping at the Walmart. These are the highlights of Oroville: boatin’, fishin’, eatin’, and cheap shoppin’. We lost our use of the letter G in a freak industrial accident at the end of the 19th century.
But the lake, is really not a lake currently. The fact that there has been a drought for the last three years in California was never so readily apparent. And this isn’t just some temporary thing as you can see the progressive lowering of the boat launch ramps that they’ve had to create year after year. I’d say it’s down a solid 150 if not 200 meters from what should be considered full. Where I took the shot below is almost always underwater and is the spillway that is used to vent the flow of the water when there is the possibility of flooding. As you can see, this possibility is not anywhere within the realm of reality at the moment.
It will be curious to see how these rains change things in California. If they continue longer, I’m sure it will just be a matter of another week when all the Drought! Drought! people turn in to the Flood! Flood! people. This time around, flooding in the Sacramento Valley floor will be really freaky given all the empty homes that sit there due to the economic crisis. Although, this matters little to me at the moment as I’m getting prepared to get out of dodge for quite some time next week, but more on that soon…
The State of Dry