The Sierra continues to bask in summer like weather conditions with warm days and no precipitation in the immediate forecast. Most of the creeks and rivers are running low and clear, the exception being the Lower Owens River which remains very high and is currently running at 480 cfs below the dam at Pleasant Valley Reservoir. The large reservoirs like Crowley and Bridgeport are being dropped to very low levels as water demands continue to be high. Cooler weather is inevitably on its way as the aspens & willows in the upper elevation are beginning to turn yellow-the pines are dropping their needles, and the alpine wild flowers go to seed. Do your version of rain dancing and hope for a wet winter here in the Sierra, and in other parts of the west that have been hammered by drought conditions this season. We are still wet wading and enjoying the warm days; however if you are planning a trip that requires wading within the next couple weeks or so, I advise you bring along dry wading gear, especially in the upper valleys.
The afternoon thunderstorms continue to roll through the region bringing some significant rain to the upper elevations. A couple......