A NOAA 14 AVHRR image (389 Kb)
from January 14, 1997 (1247 PST), shows that some flood waters
still remain along the Sacramento River just to the west of Sutter Buttes.
Butte Sink is the
flooded area adjacent to the northwest corner of Sutter Buttes.
NOAA 14 AVHRR views of the Flooding in California in early January 1997
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Sacramento Valley, California on Jan 5, 1997
2:45 PM PST (2045 UT)
This image shows clear skies over
California's San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys. Sutter Buttes are
seen as the small blue
circle in both images (before and after flood) of the
Sacramento valley almost halfway between Sacramento
and Redding. After many days of successive Pacific storms brought
rain and snow to the area, the clouds have cleared except
over the Sierra Nevada. The melted snow and heavy rain
have caused flooding in many areas in California. In this
image, we see that the swollen Sacramento and Feather
Rivers (green) are clearly outside their banks.
Notice the green plume extending out
into the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco Bay. Also
notice that there is a crescent shaped green area in front
of this plume. This probably represents river discharge
during the previous tidal cycle. When the tide came into
the Bay, there was a gap created between the first and
Sacramento Valley, California on Aug 1, 1996
1:47 PM PDT (2047 UT)
This image shows the San Joaquin and
Sacramento valleys when there was no flooding present
(last summer). Compare this image with the one
depicting the flooding. This image shows the fertile
valleys with their summer crops (red). The rivers in this
image are barely visible. The vegetation is more prominent in this
image than in the one to the left but some of this effect is
probably seasonal. Note the area of fog over the Pacific
Ocean extending along the coast.
Shaded relief map of Sacramento Valley
This image is a shaded
relief map of the area courtesy of Ray Sterner. Use this
map to identify geographic features for comparison. Note
Sutter Buttes in the Sacramento Valley.
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