Gradually the Gunnison River is icing up. The water people used to tell us that the river wouldn’t ice up because of all the reservoirs up stream from us. Meaning that the reservoirs are keeping the water warmer so the river waters stay warmer.
The river in town is pretty much open, my theory is because of all the birds living in it, but the river close to us is another story altogether.
The water flows over the top of the ice, freezes, and the next day repeats the process until we have this–
Our weather is still hanging in the January thaw, which is nice. But from what the weather people are saying snow is coming in on Saturday. Let’s hope for lots and lots of snow in the mountains.
There is only 18″ of snow around the Taylor Lake Reservoir, which when melts equals 3″ of water.
We need FEET of snow up there, not inches. All the farmers in the area are talking real concern, cutting back on acreage, and on the purchase of seeds. Some are not even ordering seed until they know something in March. A huge risk that all the seeds will be sold out. Because of the huge drought in the seed producing areas only a limited amount of seeds made it to market.
Scary times for those of us who are involved in agriculture. And if you eat, you are also involved.
Well, off to do my work for the day. This is the day I go to the museum and help out for a few hours.
Have a good Wednesday!
See you tomorrow,