Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 9:31 p.m. / Weather
CHP dispatch is reporting that at least some of Hwy 101 has been closed due to a three car accident. A tree has fallen on the northbound lanes and at least three vehicles struck it. Caltrans is attempting to remove the tree and open that side of the roadway.
It was previously reported that all four lanes were closed but a CHP spokesperson said this was not correct. Only the northbound lanes closed.
UPDATE 9:35 p.m.: The road is now reported as open.
Humboldt County Superior Court Calendar: Today
0 Sr254 (Garberville office): Traffic Hazard
1656 Union St (HM office): SILVER Alert
Nooks and Crannies: Old Growth Live Oak
Times-Standard Breaking: Supes to Planning Commission: Time’s up on open space
Mad River Union: $20,000 Reward Offered In Nyxo Poisoning
Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 6:14 p.m. / Weather
Notice a bit of rain in the Humboldt Bay region?
Poke your nose out and look around. It’s the wettest it has ever been on this date.
According to the US Weather Service, today Eureka beat its previous record for March 9 recorded in 1983. That record was 1.17 inches. Today’s measurement, as of 5:12 p.m., was 1.44 inches with more precipitation predicted for this evening.
However, even if there is a serious rainfall, it is unlikely to reach the previous all time record of 6.79 inches in a 24 hour period on December 27, 2002.
UPDATE 7:36 a.m.: The US Weather Service is now reporting that the total for Sunday reached 2.58 inches.
Hank Sims / Thursday, March 6 @ 1:37 p.m. / Weather
Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Board Member Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap just Facebooked the following li’l bit of good news:
Ruth Lake filled and spilled last night! Hurray! We’re still in a drought folks but the situation for those of us on the North Coast is not dire (in terms of drinking water). And we will be able to augment river flows in the summer as usual to help fish and other critters who need that water.
District general manager Carol Rische confirms: The lake is full. Taps will be able to flow freely all summer long within the district’s area of service. Not that this was completely unexpected, Rische said — the last time Ruth Lake didn’t fill was in the 1976-77 season, and even then the district was able to service not only its residential customers but the two water-hungry pulp mills on the peninsula.
Rische is promising more info in a press release later today. We’ll update here.
Cliff Berkowitz / Monday, March 3 @ 9:58 a.m. / Weather
I spoke with Matthew Kidwell at the NOAA office on Woodley Island this morning about where we stand with regard to the drought.
The good news is that we ended February with a slightly higher than normal rain total. However, that still leaves us at about 43 percent of normal. We expect good rain this week and the models show a normal amount of rain coming over the next few weeks.
While this is good, a normal amount of rain keeps us at a deficit.
Cliff Berkowitz / Wednesday, Feb. 19 @ 8:45 a.m. / Weather
The short answer to the headline is no. This morning I talked with Bob, one of the weather forecasters at the National Weather Service offices on Woodley Island.
In a nutshell, it’s a good news/bad news scenario. We have had a better than normal amount of rainfall for the month of February: That’s good. However, we are still 11 inches below normal for the rain year. That’s bad.
Local reservoirs are substantially higher, but we are still in drought conditions. In fact, it looks like we will have sun for at least the next week. According to Bob, we could be setting up for another big ridge of high pressure that will keep the rain away for the forseeable future.
So, in a nutshell: Keep conserving water.