Author Topic: Welcome to Winter 2017-18  (Read 206 times)

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Welcome to Winter 2017-18
« on: December 21, 2017, 10:20:04 PM »
Dear WeatherCat observers of the seasons turning,

The Winter Solstice occurred morning at 8:28 am (PST).  So we are now officially in Winter.  With a high pressure dominating our weather, California wasn't the ideal place to come up with a photograph to announce the change of season.  However, I did managed to catch this scene of dramatic clouds behind some denuded trees:



On the other hand, there are lots of you folks were Winter is - ominous and oppressive!  [freeze]  So what are you "buried by Winter types" waiting for?  At least try poking the camera in front of a window and see what you get!

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

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Re: Welcome to Winter 2017-18
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2017, 11:14:53 PM »
Exactly what are those three horizontal "clouds"? They look a bit like jet contrails but more like flying saucer trails! :o

We had temps in the upper 50's today. There is a cold front moving in from you people in the west and north who can't keep better control of your weather! [banghead] Doesn't look like we have much control of ours, however... [rolleyes2]
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HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED FRIDAY ACROSS MUCH OF THE MID-SOUTH... A slow moving cold front will move across the region Friday and Friday night. Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms will move across the region starting Friday morning and ending Saturday morning. Rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches are expected in the watch area with isolated rainfall amounts of over 6 inches.
Good thing we live near the top of a hill and I got a few gutters replaced last month!

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Re: Welcome to Winter 2017-18
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2017, 12:56:29 AM »
From my WeatherCam at noon today. 8 inches on the ground.
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No kiddin' (Re: Winter 2017-18)
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2017, 11:24:18 PM »
Dear X-Air. Blick, and WeatherCat observers of the seasons turning,

Thanks for the winter scenery!  :)

There is a cold front moving in from you people in the west and north who can't keep better control of your weather! [banghead]

 :( . . . . . No kiddin'  As things stand it will be in the top 10 of driest Decembers for the San Francisco Bay Area.  I would gladly take that heavy rain if you could send it back this way.

Oh well, . . . . Edouard

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Another unexpected birdbath visitor! (Re: Winter 2017-18)
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 10:44:59 PM »
Dear WeatherCat observers of the nature all around us,

It's been a few years, but once more I had an unexpected visitor in the ground level birdbath we have in the backyard:



When I found it at about 8am, it seemed content and quiet.  However, when I checked again at about noon, it was clearly struggling to get out and utterly failing.  I helped it make an escape, but wonder if I didn't remove it from the frying pan only to put it into the fire.  Salamanders need a very moist environment and as long as it is raining it will be okay, but this is California after all.

I'm still wondering what creature is putting salamanders in this birdbath.  Perhaps it is raccoons.  They do frequent this birdbath, especially in the Summer when all other sources of water dry up.  Of course these dainty creatures will wash their food when possible.  Salamanders on the other hand are frequently poisonous.  It could be a raccoon tried to eat this creature and couldn't, thereby leaving it in the bath.  I don't know where the raccoons could have found it, but it seems a bit too large for the local birds to carry.

That's the wild tale from California for today!  :D

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1] 

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California fungi season! (Re: Winter 2017-18)
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2018, 11:47:10 PM »
Dear WeatherCat observers of the seasons turning,

We had one very wet storm saturate the ground and some weak storms to keep everything wet.  That brings out an unusual sight for California: mushrooms.



I suppose for many regions of the world, this is more of an Autumn or Springtime scene.  In California the conditions have to be just right for mushrooms to reveal themselves:



This year has been better than average although not nearly as nice as last year.  Here is one more scene with a bit for perspective thrown in for fun:



It is supposed to remain wet like this for another week or so before the demon high pressure ridge is forecast to return.  So the fungi have one more week to reproduce before the moisture will disappear.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

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Re: Welcome to Winter 2017-18
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2018, 04:48:11 PM »
Your rain is bringing snow to the mountains west of you. We need the water so keep it coming as long as you can.
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