Lack of Sierra Snow

IMG_4409 SierrtanCrestAug1by Emil Morhardt

Another shot of the high Sierra above South Lake near Bishop, California, taken between rain events at the end of July, 2014. The snowy patches on the north-facing slopes are all that is left of the once much larger glaciers. Otherwise there’s no mountain snow left and precious little runoff at a time of year the runoff would normally have peaked a month ago and still be going strong. There’s a large fire in progress in Yosemite in the direction we’re looking, but so far the smoke is blowing the other way.