An Abundance of Water
Sunday January 9, 2005
I think I finally figured out the difference between me and 99% of the rest of the
people out there. I read the following warning this morning on the National Weather
Service website...

FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY - HANFORD CA
910 AM PST SUN JAN 9 2005


...FLOOD WARNING FOR THE TULARE COUNTY FOOTHILLS AND MOUNTAINS
BELOW 7000 FEET...UNTIL 900 PM PST THIS EVENING..


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HANFORD HAS ISSUED A FLOOD
WARNING FOR THE TULARE COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS UNTIL
900 PM PST THIS EVENING. SPECIFIC AREAS WHERE FLOODING IS LIKELY
TODAY ARE ALONG THE KAWEAH RIVER...INCLUDING THE COMMUNITIES OF
LODGEPOLE...THREE RIVERS AND LEMONCOVE. OTHER AREAS WHERE
FLOODING IS A PRIMARY CONCERN TODAY ARE DOWNSTREAM LOCATIONS
ALONG THE TULE RIVER AND THE WHITE RIVER NEAR DUCOR.


THE COMBINATION OF RAIN...MILDER TEMPERATURES...AND MELTING SNOW
WILL CAUSE MANY SMALL STREAMS AND RIVERS TO FLOOD OUT OF THEIR
BANKS TODAY. ADDITIONAL RAIN AND CONTINUED SNOWMELT WILL
CONTINUE TO CAUSE FURTHER RISES ALONG AREA STREAMS AND RIVERS
THROUGH THIS EVENING WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF DEBRIS FLOWS AND
ROAD WASHOUTS.


PERSONS LIVING NEAR AND ALONG THE KAWEAH AND TULE RIVERS SHOULD
CLOSELY MONITOR AREA STREAMS AND RIVERS AND PREPARE TO MOVE TO
HIGHER GROUND WHEN FLOOD WATERS THREATEN YOUR COMMUNITY.


THIS IS A SERIOUS SITUATION. RESIDENTS SHOULD HEED THE ADVICE OF
EMERGENCY OFFICIALS IF AND WHEN EVACUATION ORDERS ARE ISSUED. DO
NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE ACROSS FLOODED ROADS AS THE WATER IS OFTEN
DEEPER THAN IT APPEARS.

...Whereas most people would stay inside and keep a close eye on the weather from
the comfort of their house, my first thought was, "Cool! I bet there are a lot of great
photo ops out there in the Tule River Canyon today!" So off I went with my camera
Yep, there's more water in the Tule River than I've ever seen before. This is just a
few blocks from my house in Springville.
Normally Coffee Camp is a great place to go swimming - not today!
Another place that's usually fun to go swimming and sliding at, but I wouldn't go near
it today! Below is what it looks like usually...
Then I headed up the Tule Canyon and found many ephemeral waterfalls and there was
not another soul out there to enjoy them...
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Above 5,000' or so at treeline there was fog which made for a pretty picture...
Then of course it started to rain heavily so I headed home. Now I'm curled up with my
cat and enjoying the comforts of home, but I had to have a little adventure first ;)