The rains that have fallen in California are not nearly as intense as the historic flooding rains now inundating low lying areas in Lousiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and surrounding parts of the south.
That said, it’s been unusually wet in the Russian River watershed. After a morning of solid rain, midday brought thinning clouds and even little bits of blue sky.
Eager to get outside after being cooped up yesterday, I mounted my trusty yellow bicycle and rode off amidst intermittent showers. The mission was to monitor the nearby the Laguna de Santa Rosa.
In the summer months visitors to the Laguna might look out upon it and reasonably ask, “Where is it?”
Most of the year the Laguna is dry: parkland, pasture, vineyards, and farm fields planted in a variety of crops including blueberries, corn, and vegetables. Running through all this is a thin ribbon of water choked by invasive weeds. During the summer you cannot see water in the Laguna except by looking straight down from the bridges that cross it.
Today there’s no way to miss seeing the Laguna de Santa Rosa. It’s swelled so much that it covers Sanders Road which runs along its eastern side.
Santa Rosa Creek, which feeds into the Laguna a little ways north of where this photo was taken is full as well.
The water in Santa Rosa Creek is a mere trickle in the summer. Today it’s running fast, about 7 miles per hour at this point, into the Laguna on its way to the Russian River and eventually the Pacific Ocean.