Herring and Rain

This entry is part 59 of 133 in the series 2011 Photojournal

Today was the first opening of the 2011 Sitka Sound Herring Sac Roe Fishery. It was held in the afternoon near Middle Island. I don’t think it was close enough to see from the road, but it did not matter too much for me since I needed to teach class during that time.

Total precipitation for the month more than tripled after over 2″ fell between yesterday and today. I hadn’t realized it until I was looking back over the records, but the bulk of the prior precipitation had fallen on one day, when over half an inch accumulated. I knew it had been fairly dry this month, but I think it’s fairly unusual for only 3 days to account for almost 90% of the total precipitation. Temperatures were cooler today, and snow level dropped to around 2000 feet. With all the lowland rain of the past couple of days, it seems likely that a fair bit of snow fell higher.

I still have not seen any wild flowers blooming, but I did notice some buds of blueberry plants along Lincoln Street that had opened significantly. I imagine they would be blooming within a day or two if there’s any warm weather, but with cooler temperatures will probably take a while longer yet.

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