Thursday, March 30, 2023

Corporate Goddesses revisited

Nearly six years ago, I wrote about my observations of 580 California's "Corporate Goddesses".

Today, I noticed that a more recent story had been published on SFGate: The story behind the 'Grim Reaper' building that watches over downtown San Francisco.

The story, apparently, was at least somewhat inspired by a new goddess, who now inhabits the 580 California lobby:

The lobby on the ground floor of 580 California was recently remodeled. The redesign included the installation of a smaller, orange version of Castanis' vision. The designers described the statue’s orange makeover as “both a continuity, a wit, and an extension of the most unique aspect of the building in a fresh new manner.” It stands unnoticed to most, by an empty gray chair in the corner of the lobby, as bankers and delivery people hurry to and fro. A more accessible, and far less chilling version of the 12 macabre icons 23 floors above.

Next time I'm in that area, I'll have to pay the newest goddess a visit!

Monday, March 27, 2023

CNAP analysis of Western US water storage at the peak point of this rainy season

This is a pretty phenomenal article: WATER STORAGE Tracking for Sierra Nevada and Upper Colorado River Basins

Mountain snowpacks provide an “extra” form of water storage in California and across the Western US, acting as natural reservoirs that hold winter precipitation (as snow) from the cold wet season for release as snowmelt in the warm dry seasons when water demands for human and environmental uses, including irrigation, are high. The combination of water stored as snow and water stored in human-built reservoirs therefore is a useful indicator of developing droughts, persistent droughts, and the termination of droughts in many water-supply systems of the western states.

The next few months are going to be a crazy time for water in California.