Photogs here at the PD document life with images.  It’s a challenge day in and day out.

This past year, I’ve documented the water levels at Lake’s Mendocino and Sonoma.  

It’s amazing to see reservoirs fill up so fast. Especially after reporter Bob Norberg wrote about both reservoirs being at 10 year lows for the date on January 7, 2010.  

That was only two weeks ago.

This is what happens when El Nino decides to tap in to subtropical moisture:

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In top photo, Lake Sonoma after several days of rain, Thursday Jan. 21, 2010. Bottom photo Lake Sonoma from the same location on Jan. 5, 2010. Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

 

 

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Public boat ramp on January 5, 2010 at Lake Sonoma. Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

 

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Lake Sonoma public boat ramp Thursday Jan. 21, 2010. Kent Prter / The Press Democrat

This is how we got there so fast:

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Dave Moore tries to find the drain plug in the front yard of his home as flood waters creep in to the garage on Piner Road in Santa Rosa, Wednesday Jan. 20, 2010. Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

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Alison Thomas hoists sandbags in to place in the front yard of her home on Piner Road, Wednesday Jan. 21, 2010 in Santa Rosa to keep floodwaters from going in to the main house. Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

 

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Homeowner Amy Thomas, right, leaves with friend Jen Foye after a large pine tree fell on the Thomas home on Proctor Drive in Santa Rosa, Wednesday Jan. 20, 2010. The house is uninhabitable. Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

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A Vineyard along Healdsburg-Trenton Road shows the effects of Mark West Creek overflowing, Friday Ja. 22, 2010 near Forestville. Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

 

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CalTrans prepares to open up Highway 29 on Mt. St. Helena, Friday Jan. 22, 2010 after snow and ice closed the main artery between Lake and Napa County. Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

Another storm, in which the National Weather Service is tracking may hit our area around Feb. 5, 2010.  It could tap in to the subtropical tap too.

Does this mean our water restrictions will be lifted this Spring / Summer?