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They say the couple of storms that are suppose to come through my area are going to melt a lot of snow below 7000 feet and produce a lot more above it. With the ground saturated it's suppose to go right to the rivers and streams. Some weather places are also saying that we might have an amount of water like previous record floods.

Could it be a winter with water levels like in the picture of the confluence in Auburn I posted a while back? If so I'll be out early spring with my sluice box! ;)

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:brows: The Sierra Nevada Mountains are really getting hammered right now. :brows:

I'm on the Eastern slope at about 5000'. We have gotten about 3" of snow today. @ 2pm

I kinda hope this is a good wet winter. There is around 4 to 6 ft on my claim right now.

Although really deep snows that built up tend to linger on into June, I don't mind the good strong runoff. ;)

As far as flooding goes,.....

If you live where that could be an issue. Take the necessary action to save your own a$$, BEFORE you need to be rescued from being flushed from the face of the Earth. :wah2:

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:brows: The Sierra Nevada Mountains are really getting hammered right now. :brows:

I'm on the Eastern slope at about 5000'. We have gotten about 3" of snow today. @ 2pm

I kinda hope this is a good wet winter. There is around 4 to 6 ft on my claim right now.

Although really deep snows that built up tend to linger on into June, I don't mind the good strong runoff. ;)

As far as flooding goes,.....

If you live where that could be an issue. Take the necessary action to save your own a$$, BEFORE you need to be rescued from being flushed from the face of the Earth. :wah2:

I live down in the valley in Sacramento so won't be any flooding here, I hope. I meant the rivers getting real high and fast... a good "boulder bumper" as they call it. I was talking to a miner on the American river that said after one year it flooded it washed tons of overburden away and you could literally check behind big boulders and bends and find good gold with little effort. The way he put it, we were picking up "handfulls of gold". I don't know about that, but...

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Up here at the 2700' level in the foothills, the rain has been feroucious and the latest WX report says tonight is going to be a genuine downpour with some fierce winds.... not only that, but it's going to continue for a week! Snow level right now is about 7000' This will be an interesting winter for sure

Usually for a major(100 year as they say) flood like the last two, it took a week of rain up to 9000'+ I saw all the snow just go away (lived in Truckee then), and don't fool yourself if you think Sacramento cannot flood. The major flood protection for Sac is the Folsom dam and Lake... it is now 100% full and they can't let the water out fast enough.........

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Up here at the 2700' level in the foothills, the rain has been feroucious and the latest WX report says tonight is going to be a genuine downpour with some fierce winds.... not only that, but it's going to continue for a week! Snow level right now is about 7000' This will be an interesting winter for sure

Usually for a major(100 year as they say) flood like the last two, it took a week of rain up to 9000'+ I saw all the snow just go away (lived in Truckee then), and don't fool yourself if you think Sacramento cannot flood. The major flood protection for Sac is the Folsom dam and Lake... it is now 100% full and they can't let the water out fast enough.........

Good info. I remember going down to the lower American at the Sunrise footbridge one January (if anyone's familiar) and the water was flowing about a foot under the bridge. A resident from the houses in the area said he's seen the flow going *over* the footbridge because they had to release so much. This may be one of those years!

Fast water moves a lot of gold!

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Yep, the American River in Sacto has been up substantially over the past couple of days. I told the kids that the authorities must expect a lot of runoff as they are clearly making significant room behind Folsom dam. I took some pictures of the last super flood in Sactown back in the Eighties, but they are all on slides. No digital then. For those who are familiar with the American River canyon behind Auburn, you probably knowthe old railroad bridge that crosses the canyon just below the confluence of, I believe, the middle and south forks. That, unbelievably, was under water that year. I saw it when the water had come down a bit, but it was covered in drift wood. That my friends was one scary level of water.

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Yep, the American River in Sacto has been up substantially over the past couple of days. I told the kids that the authorities must expect a lot of runoff as they are clearly making significant room behind Folsom dam. I took some pictures of the last super flood in Sactown back in the Eighties, but they are all on slides. No digital then. For those who are familiar with the American River canyon behind Auburn, you probably knowthe old railroad bridge that crosses the canyon just below the confluence of, I believe, the middle and south forks. That, unbelievably, was under water that year. I saw it when the water had come down a bit, but it was covered in drift wood. That my friends was one scary level of water.

Wow, that's some serious water flow! Didn't they call that "no hands bridge"? It might have been turned in to a traveler bridge at one point but didn't have any side rails? It's the north and middle forks that confluence before that bridge.

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Hey Steel Pan,

I have a house in Walker, CA, which is just down the road a piece from Carson City, and many a day I sat and watched the snow come boiling over the Sierra Nevada's. And you're right about the first thing to do is make sure you're in a good safe place before anything else because it comes down fast and no idea when it's going to stop. I have the Walker River in my backyard (down a 100 foot hillside) and have seen it go from a small creek to flood stage in the matter of an hour, and there are places you can get into when the water is low that you better abandon right away when the water starts to rise. Beautiful country, but you have to respect it too.

Paul

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Wow! I would love to see that Steve and Flak! :whaaaa: It must be a "God moment" experience. :wubu: - Terry

Flack

That is the piezoelectric power of quartz. When stuck hard, a quartz rock will light up from an electical charge created from the pressure of the crash. I have seen this too.......

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Hey Steel Pan,

I have a house in Walker, CA, which is just down the road a piece from Carson City, and many a day I sat and watched the snow come boiling over the Sierra Nevada's. And you're right about the first thing to do is make sure you're in a good safe place before anything else because it comes down fast and no idea when it's going to stop. I have the Walker River in my backyard (down a 100 foot hillside) and have seen it go from a small creek to flood stage in the matter of an hour, and there are places you can get into when the water is low that you better abandon right away when the water starts to rise. Beautiful country, but you have to respect it too.

Paul

Hey Paul,

Neither the Walker nor the Carson rivers have any control dams. Then too there is the Truckee. Nothin' between Truckee and Reno. There are even a few lakes that can contribute to the flow. :yuk-yuk:

I'm waitin' for the "Train Trench" through Reno to be turned into an Aquaduct. :brows: Get a bunch a debris in there to clog the pumps and it's all done, Just stand back an' watch 'er fill up. Helm's Gravel Pit is now the Sparks Marina, from the flood in '97. :hahaha:

Dave

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Hey Paul,

Neither the Walker nor the Carson rivers have any control dams. Then too there is the Truckee. Nothin' between Truckee and Reno. There are even a few lakes that can contribute to the flow. :yuk-yuk:

I'm waitin' for the "Train Trench" through Reno to be turned into an Aquaduct. :brows: Get a bunch a debris in there to clog the pumps and it's all done, Just stand back an' watch 'er fill up. Helm's Gravel Pit is now the Sparks Marina, from the flood in '97. :hahaha:

Dave

Yup and sniping the Truckee river after that was very good for finding those rings tossed off the bridge, that was a grand flood!

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Yo All...Remember when the Carson flooded all the downtown Reno casinos not too many years ago? Cheers, Unc

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I have some pictures of the Walker River flooded out during the Reno Flood of 1997 somewhere and will see if I can find them and post a few.

I would have loved to see the boudlers throwing off sparks as they crashed down the river! I would like to go through a hurricane some day too. I've been in a tornado before, a couple 7+ earthquakes, and had lightning hit and explode a telephone pole in my side yard.

Ain't Mother Nature wonderful!

Paul

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Hey Paul you don't want to be in a hurricane I've been thru a few. Theres no safe haven even if you think there is.Imagine 2x4s and such debris comming thru windows and walls of buildings and getting impaled by them. The roof being sucked off the house and then there goes the rest of it right after and you with it. I was sitting in a chair in one storm watching TV and a bolt of lightning came thru a window to my right blew out the TV and kept going thru to the left in front of me out the other side of the house. Talk about LUCKY STARS I was pretty Lucky I only lost the TV. Then no power for days or weeks loosing all the food in freezers refridges and dealin with 90 plus degrees of tremendous humidity and not even a fan an don't forget the flooding, CAN'T buy gas no pumps working etc. that comes with it.

Hurricane Parties used to be FUN when I was younger.

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Truckee runs through Reno and both bridges downtown were dredged in the mis 70's to remove rings and things and were displayed in the Nevada State Museum on the university grounds but don't know if still showing??? Great rain & snow BUT many years of concentrating to go for paystreaks though-John

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Frank,

You make some good points. After Katrina I actually have rethought the whole idea of being "in" a hurricane from my younger days. What I guess I meant to say was "I'd like to be a safe way inland to experience the heavy rain and some of the wind from a hurricane." I do know some guys who went down to help out with the Katrina clean-up efforts and the horror stories they told were moving, and I'd wish that on no one.

Still, the power of nature is impressive and I always have been the sort to go out in the rain.

Paul

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