April 28, 2006
An impressive light show over the Sierras early Tuesday morning provided scattered thundershowers. In a two-mile stretch along Dry Creek, precipitation ranged from .08” to a quarter inch – we received .20” to bring our total for the season to 21.96 inches.
Feed in the shallow soil on the steep south slopes is beginning to turn, most all else is holding well with wild oats and fiddleneck along the road above the top wire. The weather is warming and forecasts call for 90 degrees by tomorrow. We are busy trying to finish several welding projects before the grass turns and before we begin gathering to ship in two weeks. Our Nevada pasture cattle that arrived in November have slicked-off and appear to have gained about 300 lbs., but truthfully, we’re just now able to get around as there are boggy spots everywhere.
With nothing scheduled and a little luck, Robbin and I might be able to get out and get some pictures of "late spring" off the road, see some cattle and check-out the damage to our roads. We’ve already earmarked at least a month’s worth of work for the dozer to get them back in shape. It’s been a remarkable season. Since the last half of February, I doubt we’ve had over four days in a row without rain. During that same period, the Sierras have accumulated a lot of snow that hasn’t had a chance to freeze hard, adding to flooding potential in the near term as weather warms.