Mountain weather

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.  

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167 Days

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. […]

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Wind

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.   […]

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Incoming

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 […]

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Rainy days

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” […]

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Firehose

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 […]

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Good to know

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 […]

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