The background music has been missing from Three Rivers life since last July when the rivers changed from moving water to stagnant pools. But the rain on Tuesday, Dec. 2, brought the rivers back to life, and the sound of the flows were obvious and the increase dramatic.
On the Middle Fork at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gauge, the river flow was 35 cfs on Tuesday at 8 p.m. By midnight, the river was measured at over 700 cfs.
The dry pattern dominating local weather appears to be ending. Expect more rain Thursday-Friday although snow levels will remain high.
Briefly on Tuesday, Dec. 2, the more than two inches of rain at 6,000 feet sent abundant runoff down the Kaweah drainage. The 30 cfs prior to the rainfall spiked to 1,300 cfs at Pumpkin Hollow, higher water in the Middle Fork than during the entire spring 2014 season. Three Rivers received a half inch of rain in this past storm; the precipitation total for the season is currently 3.33 inches at the 1,000-foot elevation level.