Well, that was interesting. We’ve had just a tiny bit of rain in recent weeks, but that qualifies as a droughtbuster ’round these parts. Up next, a relentless and destructive deluge, no doubt. But we have a few days of relative calm before that kicks in, so let’s reflect for a moment on the long […]Read more "Exiting the Drought"
Before I forget the important details, herewith is an account of our recent trip to the mountains. Our strategy was to take advantage of the drought crisis and get in an early backpacking trip with the mid-summer-like conditions in the Sierra. If we waited until our usual time, late summer, it’s doubtful there would be […]Read more "Mountain Weather"
Here in Mellowcatland we had ourselves quite the rainstorm. A normal good rain is about a quarter of an inch. Half an inch? That’s real good. If we get over an inch, then I call up a StormWatch and bother my close associates all day about it. But this thing yesterday? It was insane. We […]Read more "Will Somebody Please Explain"
The Drought Monitor map for this week still has most of California in the Exceptional category. Let’s see what we can do about that, shall we? Here’s the precipitation forecast for the 6-10 day window. Not out of the woods yet, but we’re off to a good start.Read more "Weather Maps"
We’re all wondering about the rainy season. The last few haven’t been all that rainy, and we look for signs that portend a pattern change. The Old Farmers Almanac has been the standard for unreliable long-range weather forecasts, although Punxsutawney Phil is a close second. Here’s the Almanac forecast for last winter. “Winter will be much rainier […]Read more "Auklet, Murre and Guillemot"
Yesterday evening I went out to tidy up the front yard, and returned quite discouraged. The drought and our water use cutback has really whacked the heck out of our plants. I’ve already removed some water hogs that I didn’t like anyway, but now the more resilient plants are totally stressed out. Still a ways […]Read more "Expert Witnesses"
An anxious California awaits the start of the rainy season, still months away. There’s been quite a bit of reporting on how water use patterns have changed, or not changed. Unlike energy use, it’s pretty easy to tell if your neighbor has not cut back on water use. If he has a front lawn, and […]Read more "Follow the Water"
February – could you stand up for a moment, February? OK, everybody, let’s give February a round of applause for all the good rain. Things are starting to green up, and we might be going from catastrophic drought to just a run-of-the-mail extreme drought. You done good, February. In light of this, I wonder why […]Read more "Let’s be reasonable"
We can’t go more than a few minutes without an existential crisis, and the current looming disaster is the persistent drought. I’m told that humans can live up to 72 hours without water, so I’m not sure we’re quite up to the “existential” point yet. Check back in a couple of days. Look at these […]Read more "Relentless Brightsiding"
You might think that the life lessons of Kevin Costner would be mostly cautionary tales, but I am about to totally change your mind about that. Years ago he made a movie called The Guardian, now largely forgotten (and not available on Netflix streaming so I cannot verify that what I am about to recall […]Read more "The Teachings of Costner"