Waiting for El Nino

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Last fall, Californians were warned by “the experts” to prepare for El Nino. We were told where to get our sandbags, how to prepare an emergency kit – which most Californians have anyway, and to make sure we had alternate escape routes planned – just in case. Time to build an ark!

Well, the rain finally came.

The reservoirs are full, the Sierras have snow, surfs been up, and the hills are green. Everybody’s happy even though the rain stopped several weeks ago.

The other day, while watching the weather report, the presenter told us “Even though it looks like a storm front is headed our way, don’t expect rain because it was a “dry storm.” Huh?

Who knew a storm could be dry?

Anyway, the “dry storms” have brought us daytime temperatures in the high 80’s, Santana winds are beginning to blow and I’m getting shocked by static electricity every time I touch metal.

It looks like El Nino has left town and the “experts” have just told us to get ready for “La Nina.”

In the meantime, enjoy Sting singing Heavy Clouds No Rain:


Red Rain

Red Rain in India May Have Alien Origin
From The Epoch Times:
A rare shower of red rain fell for about 15 minutes in the city of Kannur, Kerala, early on June 28. Local residents were perturbed, but this is not the first time the state has experienced colored rain.

This strange phenomenon was first recorded in Kerala a few hours after a meteor airburst in July 2001, when a space rock exploded in the atmosphere. More than 120 such rain showers were reported that year, including yellow, green, and black ones.

Scientific analysis showed the striking red coloration is due to microscopic particles resembling biological cells, possibly originating from comet fragments.

Of course the minute I read this article a picture of Peter Gabriel singing Red Rain popped into my head.

Gabriel and the 46-piece New Blood Orchestra sound amazing. When the old rockers bring in the strings and horns it’s like falling in love with rock all over again.

Enjoy Peter Gabriel & The New Blood Orchestra – Red Rain:

April Showers

Summer’s Gone!
I haven’t posted for a while because I’ve been getting the vegetable garden bed and the pots ready for a bumper crop this year. Got all my vegetable seeds planted in little peat pots and sprouts have started popping out. It’s time to get them planted outside. April in San Diego started out with warm, sunny weather – a big change from last year.

Good thing I waited to plant. Last night we had heavy rain, wind and temperatures down to the high 40’s! So much for getting the veggie seedlings in the ground. My kitchen looks like a nursery with little pots next to every window. Not much space left to cook. Have to eat dinner out – darn. 😉

In the meantime, I was thinking about that old Paul Anka song, Summer’s Gone. Thought you might like it:

California Autumn









The Rainy Season
There is only one problem with living in Southern California – the weather is almost always good. That’s fine if you can be outdoors all the time. But there are certain things we have to do indoors – like clean the house. We are having Thanksgiving dinner here, so I have been busy shopping, cleaning and re-arranging.

The weather report said it was going to get down into the 40’s tonight. Whoa! Time to get out the BIG blankets. The rain has been on and off, not too heavy but enough to keep the dogs from wanting to go outside. Perish the thought they should get their feet wet.

Thanksgiving Day is supposed to be dry and sunny so we might get to enjoy our feast out on the patio. We have a lot to be thankful for and we wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

In the meantime enjoy Eric Clapton – Let It Rain:

Photo: Rainy Day by Ivar Olson

Weather Report

Worst winter ever? The second blizzard in less than a week buried the East Coast under nearly a foot of snow on Wednesday, and  a third storm could be brewing for next week. The previous record for snowiest winter in the DC area was 62.5 inches in Baltimore in 1995-96.

Here in San Diego it was a shivering 60°F – the normal for today is 67°F. No rain is forecast for the weekend.

Yeah, we’re wimps here on the west coast. But I’d rather be a wimp dealing with 60°F 78°F and plans to play golf this weekend, than freezing my rear off in DC with 27°F having to shovel snow to get out the front door. The west IS the best.

Enjoy Peter Gabriel’s Red Rain:

Rainy Season

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Weather Report

Just in: The ‘experts’ are still trying to decide whether or not we’ll have an el nino effect this rainy season – even though we are already in the middle of October! Big surprise.

Anyway, it’s raining up in San Francisco, the storm is headed south so we will probably get some rain. Time to bring in the patio cushions.

Enjoy MIlli Vanilli – Blame It On the Rain:

Photo by Wolfgang Steiner