Cliff Berkowitz / Wednesday, Dec. 10 @ 8:36 a.m. / Weather
As of 9:40 this morning the National Weather Service updated it's prediction: As of now, the Eel River at Fernbridge is expected to crest at 26.1 feet by 3am Friday morning.
The National Weather Service has updated it forecast for the Eel River at Ferbridge. Between 1am and 3am on Friday the Eel at Fernbrige is expected to crest at 25.7 feet, that is nearly 6 feet above flood stage. If it reaches that level, it will be among the highest flows in history (see chart at the bottom). Historically when the river reaches that level water washes across highway 211 closing that access into the Ferndale. The CHP's Matt Harvey says they will keep an eye on it and if conditions become unsafe they will close 211. At this point he said "we will wait and see."
In addition to the Eel flooding at Fernbridge, it is also expected to flood at Scotia. Other local rivers expected to flood include The Van Duzen at Bridgeville, the South Fork of the Eel River at Miranda, the Navarro River at Navarro, the Russian River at Hopland, the Napa River at Saint Helena and the Napa at Napa.
Small streams and low lying areas are also expected to have flooding. Any livestock in these areas should be moved to higher ground.
Remember this morning when Sean Swanson from River Life Foundation called KHUM to ask for help cleaning up that grossness that would've entered the Eel when the river rises?
Know what happened to that? Good people happened to that today.
Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, Dec. 9 @ 10:38 a.m. / PSA
UPDATE 12:16: A posse showed up! They're cleaning it up right now and said they'd send 'after' shots.
Original Story below:
Sean Swanson from River life Foundation in Fortuna, who do a lot a trash cleanups, says there's a fresh pile on the Eel bar right by Miranda's Rescue.
The catch: the river's predicted to engulf it, so some of this garbage will be out to sea by week's end.
He's doing a lightning-strike cleanup at NOONish TODAY. He's asking for your help. The more people show up, the quicker they can finish.
Meet near Miranda's rescue (1603 Sandy Prairie Road, FTNA). He said he's done a bunch of cleanups down there already and that Miranda's a willing partner. Call or text Sean at 362-9384 for more info.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Dec. 9 @ 9:04 a.m. / Trails
Emily and I spoke with Nancy Correll of the McKinleyville Land Trust. We spoke of the trails along the Mad River Bluffs and soon to be in the Chah-GAH-Cho property.
This week in Bigfoot: Please enjoy the latest release by Lenny Green, the Johnny Cash of 'squatch ballads.
According to Green's amazing homepage, he was Del-Fi Records labelmates with Ritchie Valens and Frank Zappa, and had his songs covered by Pat Boone and Floyd Cramer. He was also a police officer and Navy veteran.
A little background from the Youtube description:
Lenny [Green] with filmaker Rowdy Kelley and crew return to Bluff Creek area in 2014 for the filming of "Where Are You Now, Patty". This song was written in tribute to "Patty" the famed creature from the Patterson-Gimlin film, now approaching its 50th anniversary in 2017.
Enjoy these screengrabs:
Mike Dronkers / Monday, Dec. 8 @ 1:48 p.m. / Workshop
Here's the thing you just heard. Now see it.
Cliff Berkowitz / Monday, Dec. 8 @ 9:01 a.m. / Weather
This morning I spoke with Matthew Kidwell, a forecaster at the National Weather Service office on Woodley Island. I asked him with all the rain we've been having on the North Coast are we still in drought? The answer is complex. Since July we are above normal for our rainfall totals. However, since January, we are still behind. The "short term" drought is over for us. However we would need about one and one half times normal rainfall, over 60 inches for the year to be fully out of the long term drought.
Later this week we expecting a lot of rain, especially in Mendocino County. We are talking up to 8 inches! This will mean a rapid rise in our rivers. The Eel River at Ferbridge is expected to crest at just a hair's breadth under flood stage, 19.1 feet by midnight on Friday. Kidwell says the bigger issue for residents will be small stream flooding. Be on the lookout for that.