Sky-Bright Saturday

December 13, 2014

123243-5778393-6Bright sunshine Saturday here on California’s north coast — a few clouds here-and-there, but at least for a little while, we’ve a lot of blue sky.
After what seemed forever, this morning is a nice respite from the continuous, on-and-off shellacking the entire west coast has endured for the past 10 days or so.
Conditions for creating an extreme, rare (via USAToday): ‘A small tornado touched down in Los Angeles on Friday, ripping off parts of rooftops and downing trees in the southern part of the city.’
A supposedly EF-0 twister, the smallest category, winds maybe 65 to 85 mph. The video at the link is a keeper — part surreal, part ‘Pulp Fiction‘ reality — ‘f’ bombs in sync with visuals of some crazy, fucking shit!

Distinction between earthquake and tornado: ‘“I said, ‘No, not in Cali, we don’t do that!”

(Illustration found here).

Reportedly, more than five inches of rain drenched the southern California region on Thursdays and yesterday — in some places an inch-an-hour — causing mudslides, power outages and all kinds of related shit.
Yet maybe unique for the Left Coast — rain and dry coexisting in tandem:

While much of California gets soaked, parts of the Central Valley are getting doused with dust.
Forecaster Dan Harty of the National Weather Service says that gusts ahead of an advancing rain storm hit over 40 mph Thursday in places such as Merced and Bakersfield.
That’s creating dust that is causing zero visibility in some areas.

The region supposedly got rain overnight, so maybe the dust settled — although it’s too early to truly consider impact of these storms on California’s dastardly-severe drought, the big rains sure don’t hurt.
From the San Jose Mercury News:

One storm does not end a drought as severe as this one, meteorologists and water managers emphasized again Thursday.
But this storm and last week’s milder one have done something very important: They have saturated the parched ground across Northern California so much that rainfall is finally starting to fill up the state’s dangerously low reservoirs as it runs down streams, rivers and hillsides.

For California water scientists, that’s the “perfect storm” — just enough to deliver billions of gallons of runoff to bank in reservoirs, but not enough rain to trigger life-threatening mudslides and floods.
Now, with a near-perfect start to the 2014-15 rainy season, the state needs to repeat the pattern over and over again until March or April, scientists said Thursday.
To be sure, forecasts beyond 10 days are not accurate. So no one knows how the winter will play out.
“It’s the middle of December, and we’ve had two good storm systems,” said Jay Lund, director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.
“This could be the end of the drought; we won’t know until late March. But it is certainly an easing of the drought.”

Good news, for sure.
And even more-gorgeous the sun this morning, we’re forecast for rain again tomorrow and apparently on into next week — considered forecast of NWS style of ‘chance‘ to a ‘slight chance,’ which can go either way, the local environment appears not-too-bad for awhile.




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