Baby salmon have been taking a road trip by land instead of the normal river route because of the extended California drought.
The 2016 fishing season will rely on the survival of the salmon hatchlings hitching a ride to the Delta, according to a recent press release. California's salmon industry currently rakes in $1.4 billion, annually, and employs tens of thousands of people from Santa Barbara to northern Oregon.
"As more and more fresh water is extracted from the Sacramento River and Delta for delivery to San Joaquin Valley agribusiness, the salmon's migration corridor downstream and through the Bay-Delta estuary has become a deadly gauntlet," Zeke Grader, who is the executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations and vice chairman of the Golden Gate Salmon Association, said.
"Add drought, and the Central Valley rivers and Delta become virtually impassable for salmon."
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at a hatchery in Parkdale, Ore., hatchery technician Keith Moody feeds about 30,000 salmon smolts in a rearing pond. People on the West Coast have counted on fish hatcheries for more than a century to help rebuild populations of salmon and steelhead and bring them to a level where government would no longer need to regulate fisheries. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)
The salmon-truck run goes from Coleman National Fish Hatchery near Redding, Calif., to the San Francisco Bay and its delta. California officials also planned similar efforts, Spokesman Andrew Hughan of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife said.
There has been some rain during the last month in Northern California, but now the state is moving into its dry season where the amount of rain is normally minimal, AccuWeather.com Western Weather Expert Ken Clark said.
"It won't have any effect on improving the drought status at all," he said. "But I doubt it gets much worse right now."
The amount of water coming out of the California foothills will be noticeably less on streams, potentially affecting both fishing and recreational rafting, Clark said.
The first widespread ice storm of the season will slowly diminish over parts of the southern and central Plains, but areas of slippery travel will continue into early Monday.
Summer-like heat will be short-lived eastern Australia early this week in advance of a cold front.
The reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final day of November.
After another brief shot of chilly air over the weekend, the month of December will start out milder across the Northeast.
December will begin with a roar across the Northwest as rounds of rain, mountain snow and even ice are in store for late this week.
Cheyenne, WY (1983)
Low temperature of minus 14 degrees broke the record low for the date by 14 degrees.
Huntington, WV (1985)
First November on record with no snow.
Minneapolis, MN (1991)
A total of 46.9 inches of snow during November 1991 established a new all-time record for any month.