Friday, January 2, 2015

So... how 'bout that storm, 12/10 or so?

It started on wednesday night, forecasters were calling for a real whopper, and it didn't let us down, too much:

(Taken out my 4th floor apt window, rain lit by streetlight,
my tax dollars at work :-) )

(Hey, i just had to get creative here (again)! 
I also shoot pix of the city lights out my 4th floor window, slow shutter speed,
camera motion. Photoshop at work here :-) )

 By Friday morning, it was over.
What will the backside of this system bring??


Then we got a bit more on the 19th, this is the kind of satelite image i like to see
the 'pineapple express', low pressure sucking in subtropical moisture:

Not much rain for a few days, but today interesting patchy 'coastal clouds/over the mountain fog' - that leave hi-lites and throw shadows on the hills.

Reminds me of shadows on the land in the desert.
Alot of the weather out west has to do w/ elevation.
I can dig back into my archives for a few good skies from years ago,
Nevada, the clouds forming over mountains. Land affects sky, and vice versa.


Below, one of the most interesting examples of clouds lighting land 
i have ever witnessed:

Nevada Dec. 2008, driving west out of Valley of Fire, north of Las Vegas.
The 'end of day' sun light is bouncing diffusely off the clouds, 
lighting the snowy mountains with a warm glow.

Some people just don't get this (elevation vis a vis weather/precipitation).
And they are suddenly screwed, and then some:

Year-End Storm Strands Drivers on Southern California Mountain Roads
Roads to and from mountain communities, such as Big Bear, turned into snow-covered parking lots after a powerful winter storm slammed Southern California

Idiots, All!
Weather out west has a whole lot to w/ elevation? - yeah, the higher you get, the more you can get whacked, most  unexpectedly, the mountains make the clouds *dump*, bigtime, as snow -  I've been there, done that. Why don't some people learn?

After this: Totally boring, nothing happening, and it's now Jan 2, 2015.
The drought is by no means over, but you knew that already.
Here's hoping the first few months of the year will be wild, and WET!

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