We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A reader of Maggie's queried the use of the term "snowpack". Eight days ago, the Central Sierra Snow Lab reported 192 inches of "snowpack", and estimates 150% of normal water content. Between March 18 and March 26, it snowed an additional 169 inches. It is certainly "weather" as he said, but it's also snowpack.
The watershed is the American River, which joins the Sacramento River in the flatlands just outside the eponymous capital city. The Sacramento is already at over 33 feet, with flood stage at 41 feet - and this stuff hasn't started melting yet! Ah, the Golder State of Wretched Excesses!
The picture stirs memories of the opening of the Beartooth highway between Red Lodge and Cooke City, MT.
At one time once the pass was opened, a bar/saloon would be cut out of one the snow walls along side the highway where you could get a beer. This yearly event was only was open one and was shut down a long time ago for good reason. Pounding beer at 10,000 feet then driving on essentially a winter road did tend to cause a number of accidents.