Moisture finally comes!
While most of the U.S has been hard hit by snowstorms and freezing temperatures, the West and Southwest has been wintering under severe drought conditions.
Our first Winter storm in early December brought frigid temperatures and deep snow and then nothing afterward but much warmer-than-normal, droughty conditions. No snow. No rain. Just warm and dry.
For the Winter daytime temperatures to be in the 50's is positively balmy.
Without a snow pack in the mountains our wells and reservoirs will not have sufficient water to water fields and gardens. It also means water restrictions.
However, yesterday morning it began to snow. Lots of snow! Snow falling all day into the night and throughout the morning this morning!
I was awakened to the snowplow clearing the roads it's flashing yellow light painting my bedroom walls as it passed by.
The red of the block barn adds a splash of color to the snowbound garden.
Leaning out the kitchen window into the falling snow, this photo captures bulbous mounds of snow-laden herbs, pots, and bench.
It's not likely this one big storm will relieve a Winter's worth of drought, but it will surely help.
For every inch of snow on our valley floor, many more fall upon the mountains which are our source of water.
Last week the call to pray for moisture went out from California to Utah and surrounding States. Looks like our prayers have been answered by this big storm that dropped lots of snow!