The Top 10 Active NorCal Stories from 2022

Another great year here at Active NorCal! The New Year brings new vitality to the Active NorCal office as we plan to ramp up our content schedule and bring you the best Northern California content possible.

It’s always fun to go through the past year to see what our most popular articles were. Thankfully, this year’s stories weren’t the typical negative news about wildfires and drought. With Covid restrictions removed from outdoor destinations and a pretty tame fire season, 2022 turned out to be a great year.

Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Active NorCal Stories from 2022:

10. What Was It? Giant Fireball Lights Up Northern California Sky

November 5, 2022 – Many people were shocked to see a massive light moving quickly across the Northern California sky Friday night. No, it wasn’t aliens.

The flash moving in the sky was curious to those who witnessed it, but it can actually be explained. The event was seen during the peak of the Taurids meteor shower, with a giant fireball flying through the sky.

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9. Whaleback Pack Delivers California’s Largest Known Wolf Litter in Over 100 Years

November 27, 2022 – The Whaleback Pack, living in Northern California’s Siskiyou County, delivered a historic litter of pups in 2022. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed the pack added 8 pups this year, the largest known litter of wolf pups in over 100 years.

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8. Tsunami Hits Northern California Coast Following Large Volcanic Eruption in Pacific Ocean

January 15, 2022 – Officials are asking the public to steer clear of the ocean today after a large volcanic eruption in Pacific Ocean is sending tsunami activity into Northern California.

Late Friday night, the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai Volcano erupted in the South Pacific ocean, at one point reaching 200 miles in diameter and sending shock waves at an estimated 640 mph. The eruption sent a large tsunami in every direction, including right to the shores of California. The waves began to hit the coast around 7 am and are expected to last for a few hours.

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7. Yosemite’s Firefall Set to Make Glorious Return in February 2022

January 10, 2022 – Adventure seekers and photographers are preparing to flock to Yosemite National Park, trekking through the mounds of snow to see a natural phenomenon that is only visible during a few glorious weeks out of the year.

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6. Greyhound Driver Abandons Bus Near Snowy Donner Summit, Causing I-80 Closure

April 15, 2022 – The snow finally began falling in the Sierra this week, a far cry from the historically dry January through March. With very little precipitation for most of the winter, it seems like many people forgot how to act in the snow. Or maybe they never knew in the first place…

A greyhound driver took the extraordinary action of abandoning their bus on Interstate 80 just west of Donner Lake in the pounding snow on Thursday. The incident flabbergasted California Highway Patrol officers and forced a closure of I-80 westbound in Truckee.

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5. Why Are There Old Train Tracks Going Into Lake Tahoe?

June 9, 2022 – If you’ve ever explored the breathtaking beaches of Lake Tahoe, you may have noticed a rare sight of railroad tracks going straight into the crystal clear water. It’s an thing odd to see, since there’s no way a railroad could have gone through that area, with Tahoe being a natural lake and sitting in its place for thousands of years.

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4. Look Up! The Northern Lights May Be Visible From Northern California Tonight.

March 30, 2022 – After a strong solar eruption heaved towards Earth at speeds of 1.88 million mph on Monday night, scientists believe that the Northern Lights may be visible from Northern California tonight.

The aurora is usually seen only from the Arctic and Antarctic regions, but when a rare case of strong solar wind occurs, the view of the bright natural phenomenon becomes more likely in lower regions. Tonight, that may occur.

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3. Eel River Dam Removal is Moving Forward. It Will Create California’s Longest Free-Flowing River.

September 28, 2022 – In April, PG&E’s 50-year license for the Eel River Dams expired, with the company opting against renewing the costly Potter Valley Project (PVP). After the license is surrendered and the project is decommissioned, the long road to removing the Eel River Dams will begin, eventually creating California’s longest free-flowing river.

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2. Tahoe Ski Resort Set to Become Private to Battle ‘Bay Area Commuters’

March 30, 2022 – Many Tahoe ski resorts have been overrun with what many locals call the “Bay Area crowd” and its impacting traffic and lift lines for locals. That’s why one Tahoe ski resort is looking at a private business model to reward local residents and battle the ongoing traffic issues in the Tahoe basin.

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1. Fisherman Lands MONSTROUS 52-Pound Striped Bass on the Sacramento River

March 16, 2022 – Striped bass fishing season is off to a HOT start in Northern California, with pictures of monster fish flooding social media. One photo seen in the Facebook group NorCal Fishing Report was so incredible that many people thought it was photoshopped.

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