Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Friday, March 2, 2012

Water Getting Low

March and early April are the lowest water months for the Bella Coola River and its tributaries.  The snow pack is still deep in the mountains and the nights cold so the pack is still accumulating.  The lower elevation valley snow slowly just slips away until one day in late March and early April you realize it's all gone.  We tend not to get Pacific storms with a lot of rain, just a lot of Pacific storms in the month of March with unstable weather, squalls, snowstorms and the occasionally cold spell.

The tributary in this photo is getting below its normal flow and you can see the iron stain colour from the iron producing bacteria on the rocks that are otherwise underwater for most of the year.  Grizzly

1 comment:

  1. I would have guessed you got more rain than that. Our low water months are September into October. Little summer rain and very little snow melt left. - Margy