The Snows of Mt. Tom: Dire Warnings from the Sierra Nevada

Jill: Mom, there’s snow on Mt. Tom!
Mom: It’ll still be there on the weekend.
Jill: Don’t make me go to school today. It’s the first day of snow. There’s snow on Mt. Tom!

– The Other Side of the Mountain, Universal Pictures, 1975

The snow has not yet come to Mt. Tom.

It is one more thing in the year 2020, our annus horriblis.

The Eastern Sierra, with a 13,658-foot, snow-crested Mt. Tom as its showpiece, towers above the Owens Valley community of Bishop, CA. (Photo: Gary Young.)



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Craig K. Collins

Author of Midair (Lyons Press, 2016) and Thunder in the Mountains (Lyons Press, 2014). At work on a novel, as well as a book of historical non-fiction.