Recent storm causes series of waterfalls in South Bay


It has stopped raining but the run-off from that rain is still pouring down out of the mountains.

On the valley floor, San Jose has seen 14-plus inches of rain so far this winter which is about 101-percent of normal.

But up in the mountains, a few miles south of Mount Umunhum, Uvas Canyon, rainfall is at 150-percent of normal.

The string of waterfalls along Uvas Creek in Uvas Canyon County Park, west of Morgan Hill, are at their peak and attracting plenty of visitors like Lucy Vogel.

“Yes, I try and come once a week, this place is my mental health center,” Vogel said. 

Year to date rainfall in Uvas Canyon is at 56.61-inches so far which is about 150-percent of normal.

Downstream, the Uvas Reservoir is full. Uvas and the other Santa Clara Valley Reservoirs are at 101-percent of their seasonal averages says Marty Grimes, with the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

“You see those waterfalls, a lot of that rain that has fallen over the last few weeks is still showing up as runoff into our reservoirs,” Grimes said.

In the wettest years, more than 100-inches of rain can fall here in the greater Uvas Canyon Watershed — Those are rain forest numbers.

One of the falls looked like a scene from ‘Lord of the Rings’ or some other fantasy.

It was just freelance photographer Beata Becla photographing her friend Ivona Wiczuk against a backdrop that only comes along every so often.

“She loves waterfalls, she’s always loved waterfalls,” Patryk Becla, the photographer’s son, said. “We went to Iceland for a while, it was amazing. She really loves taking photos with all different kinds of waterfalls and different kinds of mermaids.”

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