Strongest Storm in Years to Hit California with Heavy Rain, Snow & High Winds


The West Coast is going to get hammered with a massive Pineapple Express type of storm that is projected to bring heavy rain and snow and high winds.

Rain totals of up to a foot are possible for the Sierra Nevada Foothills in California, Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and BC’s Vancouver Island. From Monterey, CA north, as much as 6 inches of  rain may fall in a  relatively short time. Snow levels should be high, but there will likely be good accumulation above 7,000 feet.

Sustained winds from 30 to 50 mph in the low lands and 70 plus mph could be seen on mountain passes.

The National The Weather Service in Monterey, California, said that this storm is “expected to be one of the strongest storms in terms of wind and rain intensity” since storms in October 2009 and January 2008.

Time to batten down the hatches!!

New Mexico: Salmon Snaggers Welcome

Photo: Molly Maxwell

Photo: Molly Maxwell

Did you know there’s actually a legal kokanee salmon snagging season in some parts of New Mexico…I know, I know: kokanee are non-native and annually planted, but there’s just something about the words “snagging” and “salmon,” that when used in combination make me bristle.

But apparently fishery biologists there say it’s okay, so who am I to judge? Not my cup of tea, though! Especially when you consider how red and mushy those kokes tend to be during the Oct. 1-Dec. 31 spawning season.

While I haven’t fished for kokanee in New Mexico, I can say that in the times when I have encountered them in spawning mode they were actually pretty snappy and bit lures well, so I’m not sure why they have to be snagged…but maybe they don’t bite well there.

You can read the story and see pix here:

Sign the Letter to Stop the Shutdown of Salmon & Striper Fishing!

Kill-the-SalmonHere we go again! There’s a bill currently making its way through Congress that  will virtually wipe out the Central Valley salmon. It also begins the eradication of stripers and bass.  The merged bill is based on Senator Feinstein’s Senate water bill (S2198) and the water bill passed by the House last February (HR3964).

They both overturn the Delta biological opinions and they both will do irreversible damage to the ESA listed and non-listed salmon runs of the Sacramento River.

The water mongers won’t stop and that’s why we need to fight. It only takes about 30 seconds to have you voice heard! Just sign the petitions below!




56-pound Sacramento River King Salmon!


It’s generally been a lackluster salmon season on the Sacramento River, but don’t tell that to Brad Ceo and Ross Berlin, who teamed up for this massive 56-pound Chinook on Monday, Nov. 10. They caught the behemoth while fishing a Flatfish on anchor near Verona. The interesting thing about the catch? The fish had no milt sacks in it…some sort of sterile mutant I guess.

In any case, an awesome catch to say the least! And if you like big salmon, check out the 80-plus pounder biologists found on the Sacramento River HERE


Gigantic Storm May Be Most Intense Ever in Alaska

Watch out, Alaska!

Meteorologists are predicting that former Super Typhoon Nuri will develop into a massive storm over the Bering Sea over the next few days and bring with it hurricane force winds and seas to 45 feet in some areas! In fact, the storm may end up as one of the most powerful to ever hit the area.

According to, the Aleutian Island Chain will likely feel the worst impacts as wind-swept rain moves in late on Friday, continuing through much of the weekend. Peak wind gusts across the islands can occasionally gust beyond 100 mph.

Then, as a spin off, arctic air is expected to hit the central and northeast U.S. next week. Unfortunately, no significant rain or snow are expected to hit the parched West.

For more information on this storm, visit ACCUWEATHER

Weather Experts: Chances of Wet Winter in CA not Looking Good

California-droughtAs California withers in an epic drought, weather experts are saying that, despite a possible El Nino event, this winter doesn’t look promising from a precipitation standpoint.

Doug Parker, director of the University of California Institute for Water Resources, said the state would need approximately 150 percent of normal rainfall to pull out of the state’s current drought conditions. At this point, however, the National Weather Service says the “forecast confidence for California is low.”

In fact, droughts have been known to last 15 years in California. Ugh!!

Well, let’s hope the “guys in the know” miss the mark with this one!

Read the whole story here: Auburn Journal