Showers and Snow and Sunshine — Sometimes

November 8, 2015

jpeg-26Rain weather this Sunday morning on California’s north coast — showers for awhile, then brilliant sunshine, then dark clouds and more rain, followed by a hole in storm skies and a break into near-flash brightness.
Routine the process over and over.

One neat feature of such weather here on this Humboldt County coastline is the poetic, rapturous beauty during those rainstorm breaks, when the sun quickly burns off the wetness, and seemingly the whole environment sparkles a nearly-surreal freshness. After more than eight years living up here, I’m still awed by the wonder-looking of those small, sunshine interruptions during the rainy season — the whole sky for awhile can become clear as-a-bell and dazzling.

In mere seconds, though, the air can get dark as shit, quickly followed by rain flowing-down harder than a motherfucker.

(Illustration found here).

Not yet this year. So far, the rain has been much-closer to drizzle. The current front started last night with a soft, gentle drizzle and that’s been about it so far. Although not much in rainfall, supposedly there’s also some white stuff.
From the NWS this morning:

Snow forecast through Monday afternoon.
A cold upper level trough is moving over area today, this will continue to bring showers to the area through Monday.
Snow accumulations are generally expected to be less than 2 inches, with local amounts up to 5 inches on the highest peaks.
Accumulations are not expected on the major passes on Hwy 299 and Hwy 199, however it recommended to carry chains and allow extra time in case conditions worsen.

And even so, the NWS estimates maybe a quarter of an inch is possible off this particular front, which is expected to last through tomorrow evening.
Maybe the season might be decent.
Last week, new numbers for our drought (via Yahoo News on Friday):

The precipitation has put the state ahead of the normal rainfall for the season and nudged a few areas out of the worst drought designation, scientists at the U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday.
The weekly report shows that as of Nov. 3, 44.84 percent of the state was experiencing exceptional drought conditions, the worst designation, down from 46 percent last week and 55 percent a year ago at the same time.
The portion of California experiencing extreme drought, the next-highest level, was also down slightly from the prior week, at 70.55 percent.
That’s a slight drop from 71.08 percent last week and 79.69 percent at the same time in 2014.
Experts caution that the drought is far from over, even though the Pacific Ocean warming phenomenon El Nino is expected to being rain to parts of the state this winter.

But we need to go beyond rain: ‘To replenish the state’s reservoirs and provide enough water for people and wildlife through the hot months next summer, it must get cold enough for snow to continue to fall in the mountains. The snowpack, which last year was at its lowest in 500 years, melts in the spring to provide water during the warmer months.’

Drizzle, drizzle…

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