What are we to believe?

I was looking at this article in the Atlantic, mainly for the web design. This appears to be the way we’re going now with responsive design for traditional print publishers. The NYT just did it too, so it must be good. Lots of white space, compact navigation at the top, and pull quotes and sidebar content that sticks out to the left or right of the main text. You know, leisure suits were popular once too. We’re lemmings here in the web trade.

And then I read some of the article, because it’s about Big Water. But I got waylaid by this, in paragraph two.

“canals deliver runoff from the Sierra Mountain Range’s snowpack”

The Sierra Mountain Range? Sierra Nevada, you mean. Let’s see if he gets it right later on. We have “Sierra”, “the Sierras”, “Sierra mountains”. Oh wait, there it is. One of the photo captions says “Sierra Nevada Mountains”. Could have left of the “Mountains” part, nobody says that. Sierra means “mountain range”.  And probably the caption editor wrote this anyway, not the author.

I read a little further, now that my “gotcha” error antennae have been raised. He tells us that the Sacramento River follows “its natural southeasterly path towards the San Francisco Bay”. Southwesterly, you mean. Unless they moved the Bay. And here he goes again; the San Luis Reservoir is located “a couple miles east of I-5”. Sorry. West of Interstate 5.

The thing is, I know what the mountains are actually called, and where the 5 is, but I don’t have full command of facts related to the state’s long history of water wars. Can we trust that the rest of his article was well-researched and accurate? I will let you answer that.

Let’s wrap this up with something less grumpy. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow.

Satellite view

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