Monthly Archives: March 2019

Welcome Alessia!

Welcome to Alessia Morato, from the Veterinary Sciences for Animal Health and Food Safety at the University of Turin, who is joining the lab for several months as part of her PhD project – even if the Costco version of pasta sauce is big, but not so convincingly genuine…

One big duct!

Lab outing to the biggest duct of all – the glory hole spillway at Lake Berryessa west of Davis – a once in a rare-rainfall lifetime chance to see overtopping. This sucker is big – 22 meters diameter at the inlet behind us!! Yet, eerily quiet…..

From Wikipedia: Near the dam on the southeast side of the reservoir is an open bell-mouth spillway, 72 feet (22 m) in diameter, which is known as the Glory Hole. The pipe has a straight drop of 200 feet (61 m),[3] and the diameter shrinks down to about 28 feet (8.5 m). The spillway has a maximum capacity of 48,000 cfs (1360 m³/s). The spillway operates when there is excess water in the reservoir; in 2017 after heavy rains it started flowing, for the first time since 2006.[4] In 1997 a woman was killed after being pulled inside the spillway.[3]