This long, hot summer (I observed pretty minimal signs of a fall) finally came to an end yesterday when the first winter storm let loose an abundance of moisture on the Sierra. At my home at 3,000 feet, the sound of raindrops was welcome music, and Half Dome's new white face signaled the change of seasons. According to the National Weather Service, Tuolumne Meadows received 5 inches of snow as of this morning. Let it keep snowing! We need the water.