It was a hot day on Tuesday, May 24, 2017, so the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary staff gave out extra refreshing enrichment to the animal. For raccoons Bernie and Crash that meant ice cubes with frozen kibble and crickets.
This video, courtesy National Weather Service Sacramento, shows how the spring 2017 robust grass crop from this winter's storms has really dried up over the past month. Wildfire activity has started to pick up across central and southern portions of the state as vegetation dries out.
Highway 1 at Mud Creek in Big Sur remains closed as “significant” amounts of dirt and rock continue to slide down the slope from above. This video taken from a Monterey County Sheriff's Office airplane shows the massive slide, which "went from bad to worse" over the May 20, 2017, weekend. The road is buried under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt in the latest hit in a winter of crippling slides and flooding.
The first real hot spell of the year is hitting the Sacramento region and Northern California, the National Weather Service says, giving the weekend of May 20-21 a very summer-like feel. See what's on the way.
A summer-like warm weekend is ahead for Sacramento and its Northern California neighbors. The daytime highs in the valley will be in the low- to mid-90s and 60s and 70s in the mountains. Sacramento's normal high for this time of year is 82, Redding's 82, Chico's 81, Stockton's 82, Sonora's 77 and Lakeport's 79. This video looks at the maximum high temperatures for Northern California through May 24, 2017.
NASA takes you to the edge of the sun in this video. This is where large prominence and a small prominence began to shift, turn and fall apart in less than one day on May 8-9, 2017. Prominences are notoriously unstable. Competing magnetic forces pulled the plasma back and forth until they dissipated. The images were taken in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light. The 18-second video clip is comprised of almost 600 frames being shown at 30 frames per second.
The California Department of Water Resources restarted the outflow from the Lake Oroville flood control spillway on Wednesday morning (May 11, 2017) at 9 a.m. beginning with water flows at 1,000 cubic feet per second and holding at 30,000 cfs by 1:20 p.m. The water flowed into the Feather River. The agency said it is lowering the reservoir to a level that will provide ample flood control storage through the run-off season so that construction of the spillway can begin as soon as possible.
This video features a close-up look at the damage to the lower portion of the flood control spillway and the rock formation exposed by the flows. Crews assess the existing concrete and geology of the canyon rock ahead of the May 10, 2017, spillway flow releases and the upcoming construction phase.
It’ll be a while before you can can drive through Yosemite National Park via Tioga Pass again, but the snowfall looks beautiful in this flyover video from Caltrans District 9. Crews are working to clear Highway 120, which is closed from Crane Flat to Tioga Pass due to heavy snow. Glacier Point Road is also closed. There is no estimated opening date for either road, but they are usually reopened by June 2017.
Road crews have begun plowing operations on the south side of Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California. Currently, the park highway is open to the Devastated Area on the north side of the park off Highway 44, and to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee VisitorsCenter on the south side of the park off Highway 36. Road crews anticipate having the park highway open to through traffic near the end of June.
We're cooling down big time after Thursday. Temperatures will be 15 degrees to 25 degrees cooler this weekend compared to today, May 4, 2017. National Weather Service Sacramento forecasters are calling for increasing shower and thunderstorm potential into the weekend as well, especially over the mountains.