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Rivers Running Deep and Cold

( SNOWPACK – MERCED SUN STAR)
 THERE'S GOOD NEWS AND A LITTLE BAD ABOUT THE WATER SITUATION IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.  LAST SPRING'S ABUNDANT RAINFALL AND SNOW IN THE HIGH COUNTRY PRODUCED A HUGE SNOWPACK - -  IN SOME PLACES IT'S TWICE THE AMOUNT SEEN FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.  AND THAT MEANS THE SNOW-MELT IS RUNNING HIGHER THAN AVERAGE, PROMPTING THE FEDS TO RELEASE MORE WATER FROM STORAGE RESERVOIRS.
 SAMANTHA YOUNG REPORTS IN THE MERCED SUN STAR THIS MORNING THAT TWICE AS MUCH WATER IS BEING SENT DOWN THE SACRAMENTO RIVER.  AND, IN THE MOUNTAINS, THE MERCED RIVER COULD OVERFLOW SOME CAMPGROUNDS THIS WEEK.
 IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, WATERFALLS ARE SPROUTING WHERE THEY ARE SELDOM SEEN, AND THE WELL-KNOWN WATERFALLS ARE SPECTACULAR THIS YEAR.  THE BIGGEST WARNING!! - - ALL THAT WATER IS VERY, VERY COLD AND CAN SHOCK THE BREATH OUT OF EVEN EXPERIENCED SWIMMERS.