The late October weather up in Yosemite last weekend was outstanding. Perfect for hiking, and the high country was fully accessible. Then this happened. The high country seems less accessible now, unless you’re the Yosemite Conservancy webcam on Sentinel Dome.Read more "Mountain weather"
It’s Fall, as of 1:44 PST Sunday. That seems about right to me. At around 1:30, it stopped seeming like Summer. We got the rain they promised yesterday. With rain on the way, I figured I’d weed out the invasive fast growing creeping grass that seemed to be taking over the front lawns. I could […]Read more "Free falling"
The local forecast discussion includes tempered enthusiasm for the potential of light rain this weekend. Should that occur (I’ll believe it when I see it), that will mark 167 days since the last measurable rain fell. On April 7, the nearest Weather Underground station recorded .04 inches. And that was it for our not-so-rainy season. […]Read more "167 Days"
We’re keeping a close eye on the Rim Fire, as it gets closer to our favorite Sierra stomping grounds. It was over 100,000 acres last Friday morning, already a mega-fire. Now look at it. 160,000 acres and still growing. Tonight it’s making a move towards Hetch Hetchy, White Wolf, and the Tioga Road. CalFire is […]Read more "How does this affect me?"
Checking the weather ahead of this week’s camping trip, and I see the marine layer is hanging in there along the coast. But what’s this? Looks like a channel is carved in the fog, aiming right at the Gate. What is the deal here, exactly? Could it be wind? Let’s check the wind map. […]Read more "Wind"
No, this isn’t going to be nostalgia for the 1970’s. Today we saw the return of temps in the low 70’s. It’s been a while. As they would have said in The Seventies, “Too much. Unreal.”Read more "The Seventies"
The NWS forecast discussion tonight relates the following: CERTAINLY THE MODELS AGREE THAT THERE WILL BE ENHANCEMENT OVERNIGHT AS THEY ALL PREDICT THE SURFACE LOW TO REACH ITS MAXIMUM DEPTH WEST OF CAPE MENDOCINO EARLY ON SUNDAY MORNING. AND WHILE THIS SYSTEM IS BY NO MEANS ONE OF THE STRONGEST IN RECENT YEARS… I will […]Read more "Incoming"
The storm series has come to an end, and we have some epic rainfall totals around the Bay. Close to home, the nearby weather station reported almost 7 in. of rain for the 5-day duration, which is basically about half the year’s normal total. Last night I re-read the essay “Los Angeles Against the Mountains” […]Read more "Rainy days"
We are back on Storm Watch here at the ‘Cat. What we are looking at here is the water vapor image for the eastern Pacific this morning. The well-advertised and accurately forecasted Atmospheric River is in place, and a series of shortwave troughs are spinning through, wheeling around that big low pressure area in the […]Read more "Firehose"
An early season weather system is hovering off the coast and a few showers have come our way. This had a somewhat more dramatic buildup in the forecast discussion in recent days, compared to our actual experience. The 24 hr rainfall total in our location currently stands at .11 inches. Just over one tenth of […]Read more "Good to know"