It’s a Throwback Thursday! Although the past five years have seen an overall drought, in the winter of 2017, we saw a lot of precipitation. Mountains were covered in snow, lakes were filled to the brim, the Oroville Dam spillway collapsed and waterfalls were FLOWING.
Let’s take a look at Burney Falls during February of 2017, where it was at flood stage. Here is an old article documenting the event:
Burney Falls is at Flood Stage Pumping 250 Million Gallons of Water per Day
While the non-stop winter of 2017 continues in NorCal, we are seeing the impact of the snowfall/rainfall in the local waterways. Of course, the flooding has been well documented in the Oroville Dam areas as well as surrounding the Sacramento River.
But we have also seen some raging waterfalls as a result of the wet winter. Burney Falls, the Eighth Wonder of the World, has seen massive increase in flows over the past few weeks, with some estimating it is pouring 250 million gallons of water over the 129-foot waterfall per day.
Now that number may not mean much to you, so let’s show you the difference this wet winter has made of the water flows at Burney Falls. Here is what the falls typically looks like:
Now, see some of the images being captured of the waterfall this week:
That’s A LOT of water!