Winter storms get South Yuba River roaring back to life

From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:

This weekend’s winter storms got the South Yuba River roaring back to life. A warm, wet storm, which forecasters described as an “atmospheric river,” drenched the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra. Snow fell at higher elevations — near 8,000 feet.

The rushing South Yuba River, visible in both Nevada County, CA, and Placer County, was a welcome sight after a prolonged drought. This video was taken near the Rainbow Lodge, just off Interstate 80.

This winter’s storms have made a “modest dent” in the drought, according to weather forecasters. The Sierra Nevada snowpack was 113 percent of average statewide in January, the best snowpack in the month since 2011.

Our magazine’s fall issue featured the Yuba River in a special report. “The South Yuba has inspired famous poets, musicians and artists, such as Gary Snyder, who won a Pulitzer Prize with Turtle Island, or fiddler Alasdair Fraser, whose song ‘Whitewater’ is an ode to the Yuba,” we wrote.

You can read the articles: “Yuba Blue: Tails & Trails,”“SYRCL: A Voice for the River,”SYRCL’s ‘Yuba Salmon Now’ Campaign,” “Stewards of Yuba River,”Nevada City: Yuba River Town” and “Wild for the Yuba.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

3 thoughts on “Winter storms get South Yuba River roaring back to life”

  1. I still remember when they finished the Oroville Dam and said it would take three years to fill it, my Day added “or one good series of winter storms!
    It is good to have those rains back!

  2. This has 64 “likes,” six shares and nine comments on Facebook. “The internet is changing how we communicate.”

  3. BTW, our magazine finished the year with record growth. The Truckee Chamber will be running our content on their website, and we’ll be adding Amador and ElDorado counties to our footprint. This morning we’re all going skiing at Homewood, which has eight inches of news snow. Cheers.

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