There is truly too much sunshine in California, and that’s where it gets the nickname of “The Golden State” from. If you have been to California or happen to live there, you will agree that the name aptly describes the state of affairs in the area. The intensity of sunshine is so much that it has caused many droughts over the past few years. The reason behind these draughts is clear, water reservoirs and lakes dry up to critical low volumes as a result of too much sunshine.
There is nothing to worry about anymore, because fortunately the Golden State has found a solution to its dominant drought issues. Although it is an engineering solution but it is highly dependent on Mother Nature. They have made a hole to store excess water so that it can be used in bad times. However, California has been lucky in this regard for the past few winters, as every winter the lakes of the area undergo enough precipitation to be refilled again, mostly up to the maximum capacity.
During the last winter, apart from the accumulation of water by precipitation, the region also benefited from the large amount of rain and snow coming down from the steps of northern California and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Let me give you an example to help you better understand how important role nature plays in the welfare of this area, especially when considering the drought factor. Due to dry winters and less rain, Napa County experienced one of the worst droughts ever, and that expanded over a period of five years.
Fortunately, nature has been kind and winters have been rainy in the near past, so droughts haven’t been a problem for Napa County this past season. Napa County is one of the gem stones of California, as the beautiful valley is a popular tourist destination. Among many other things, it is also famous for the world class wine it produces.
Lake Berryessa is one the many attractions Napa County has to offer, particularly because the large man-made lake is an engineering wonder. However, recently it became a matter of worry for the officials as the water level started to drop rapidly.
The man-made lake was carefully designed to meet the dynamic needs of the area. To avoid flooding from the lake in case it reaches its full capacity, engineers designed a huge hole in it which fulfills the purpose of a spillway. The built-in hole is famous by the nickname of “Glory Hole”. Besides the hole, another measure that compliments the lakes beauty is the 304-foot dam that confines the lake.
Apart from the aesthetics, unfortunately, there has never been enough water to get the drain running, so the spillway hasn’t been of much use till now. This past winter, the lake surpassed its record level of water when it started to get full. The grandeur of the lake presents an impressive view, and if we go by the history of it, it’s best to witness the scenery now as the chances of this happening again in the near future are bleak.
Seeing the drainage hole in action is something everyone in the area has silently wished for, but this didn’t happen for over a decade now. However, due to the record breaking rainfall levels this winter the anticipation of seeing the hole in play has finally come true.
Although people have waited for it to happen for a long time now, but when it did it just took a couple of days for the heavy rainfall to fill in the level of water required to get the drainage hole working.
The purpose of the hole is to give way to the excess water in the lake to the dam. The hole starts with a 72 feet wide face and narrows down to 28 feet as it makes its way to the dam. The funnel shape gives a whirlpool effect to the water, and also helps to create pressure when the water falls into the Putha Creek at the other end of the hole.
One man named Evan K, was lucky enough to see the drainage hole in action and so he decided to capture the moments for those who weren’t able to witness it themselves. He wanted to get as close to the action as possible, but jumping into the lake was quite a risky preposition, so he had to think of some other way.
He knew he it’s a rare scene that needs to be captured, and in the process a brilliant idea popped into his mind. He made an amazing footage using drone technology up from the air. The idea might sound simple but this guy really seems to be an expert with a drone. Taking views from multiple angles, his video has enhanced the breathtaking beauty of the scene.
Evan K is a UAV pilot by profession, and explains that it is very important to follow the rules defined by the authorities while operating a drone. For instance, a drone is not allowed to get very close to the infrastructure in question, but he has managed to make an incredible video nonetheless. The link has been provided below, so enjoy the video as it’s a site worth seeing altogether.
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