February Rains

Up 31 feet

This was not supposed to be a wet year, in fact it has been called a La Nina year but look at what has happened so far and we're still in February!

The painting below was inspired by what I saw in November 2016, when Lake Cachuma Reservoir was at 7% of capacity. The following image is a photograph from nearly the same spot, taken on February 19, 2017 after the last big storm.

 Low Lake, oil on canvas, 12x36"

Low Lake, oil on canvas, 12x36"

 After Storm

After Storm

By Monday, February 20 the reservoir was at 40% capacity, rising 31 feet! Some speculate Lake Cachuma could reach 50% capacity within a couple of weeks as rain and run-off make their way through the watershed and into the lake. The last time the lake was at 50% capacity was in 2014.

Friday's storm was the heaviest in 7 years, dropping 10 inches at Gibraltar Reservoir and San Marcos Pass. According to Santa Barbara County Flood Control District, the totals for February are - Bradbury Dam (Cachuma Dam) 10.5 inches, Gibraltar Dam 12.96 inches and San Marcos Pass 17.45 inches. That's impressive and another storm is predicted for this weekend!

How appropriate for the month of February to deliver so much rain, after all, it is known by the Zodiac Calendar as the month of the Water-bearer.