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Dear WeatherCat observers of the seasons turning,

Yes the equinox is just a few days away, but in California the conditions remain hot, dry, and hostile to life.  Just how hostile?

This is no Photoshop fake, yes that is a deer literally licking up bird seed from off of our driveway.  There are plenty of reasons for this situation, but it still staggers the imagination that creatures could be forced to these extremes.

Such are da' conditions that prevail in California these days, . . . . . .

Oh well, . . . . . Edouard
Dear WeatherCat Davis fans,

Totally by accident I came across this small posting on the Davis blog - Union Park Announces Acquisition Of Davis Instruments:

Davis is no longer a private family-owned company but is now owned by: Union Park Capital, a Boston based private equity firm.  The posting is dated July 31, 2019.

Davis has already joined the Advanced Environmental Monitoring family of Union Park.  You can find more information on this group on their website:

This news is certainly a shock to me and I suspect will be the same for a good number of WeatherCat users of Davis stations,

Oh well, . . . . . . Edouard  ???
General Weather Discussion / Preview of Autumn 2019
« Last post by elagache on September 16, 2019, 10:44:13 PM »
Dear WeatherCat observers of the seasons turning,

The forecast had been reasonably steady around here: very hot weather through Saturday cooling to a chance of showers today.  The hot weather on Saturday is evident on the historical data from WeatherCat:

The high of 95.1˚ F (35.1˚ C)  with a low relative humidity of 17% made it basically desert conditions.  Nonetheless the weather cooled a lot on Sunday and as forecast, a cold front came though last night and this morning.  Here is WeatherCat's data on the current conditions:

The temperatures are around 25˚ F cooler and the humidity is back up to a comfortable level.  The rain was better than expected.  We picked 0.15" (3.81mm) of rain which was 50% more than forecast.  The rainfall rate was surprisingly high with a peek rate of 0.54" per hour (13.7mm per hour.)  That was enough to wash a lot of dust that had accumulated over the hot dry summer.  I took a few pictures of the unusual scene.  Here is the wet pavement against a hill of dried out grasses:

Here is a puddle in the foreground and the partly cloudy sky in the background:

Finally, here are some withered Naked Lady flowers next to a drain pipe:

I know it is officially still summer.  Autumn won't occur this year until next Monday the 23rd.  You can look up the exact time when it happens at your home down on this website:

Still, for California this is much more of a preview of fall than summertime weather.  So here is a one week preview of what I hope will be fortuitous winter season for all of us!

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

General Discussion / Re: FYI: I'm getting one assertive billy-goat station wagon!!
« Last post by xairbusdriver on September 16, 2019, 10:37:03 PM »
I think the ride is always better with white walls, too! [tup] [rockon] [lol]
General Discussion / There is a white wall specialist! (Re: Billy-goat station wagon!!)
« Last post by elagache on September 16, 2019, 10:26:10 PM »
Dear X-Air and WeatherCat users who stroll down memory lane,

Ah yes... real white walls!!! [cheer] They don't make them like that anymore!! [rolleyes2]

Well yes, you can't get mass produced tires like that anymore.  However, like so much of the classic car industry, there is a cottage outfit that can make white walls for you.  It is called Diamond Back tires:

Biquette dates from the 1960s and should have 1" white walls.  Her previous set of tires were only 3/4" white walls.  It is a subtle different but noticeable.  Here is Biquette on her 2010 tires with the 3/4" white walls:

Here is a photo taken last fall on Biquette's very own Diamond Back III tires:

The extra width of white wall definitely looks more period correct and luxurious.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
General Discussion / Re: FYI: I'm getting one assertive billy-goat station wagon!!
« Last post by xairbusdriver on September 14, 2019, 10:30:58 PM »
Ah yes... real white walls!!! [cheer] They don't make them like that anymore!! [rolleyes2]

With all the attention Biquette got, perhaps the club will make room under the California Sun next time! ThU32:-)
Dear WeatherCat automotive enthusiasts,

Last Saturday was the 15th Orinda Classic Car show.  This year there was a special exhibit of station wagons, which would have a greater effect on my participation than I imagined.  They did have a decent number of station wagons, but most of the other owners had brought more than one car and didn't make much of an effort to describe the history of their wagon.  As a result, when people arrived at the station wagon exhibit, they invariably were drawn to Biquette and me!  I've never been so busy at a car show before!

As a result, I hardly had any time to take pictures of the other cars.  What pictures I did take can be found on this online gallery:

SmugMug has a built-in slide show feature, so if you prefer to see the photos that way here's the link:

It didn't help that the service bay were the wagons were displayed was relatively dark and we had a very unusually cool and cloudy day.  The only wagon that was showing up in the gloom was the one with an LED work light illuminating the engine bay:

Now do you see why I was so mobbed?   [biggrin]

Here are a few highlights.   They did have this nice pairing of 3 different 1971 Chevy A-body styles:

The white car is a Chevelle station wagon, in the middle is a Chevelle Malibu, and at the end is an El Camino.

Here is a 1966 GTO for you GM muscle car fans:

Those of you from the other side of "da' Pond" might enjoy this 1951 MG TD convertible:

There was one other wagon that was really historic, a 1938 International Station Wagon Moller.

Here is the description of the car:

One of seven.  Three door body by Moller of Hagerstown, Maryland.  Built for the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite to deliver guests to and from the railroad station.  Pebble Beach Winner.

That's all I've got.  Enjoy!

Cheers, Edouard   [cheers1]
Weather Hardware/Measurement / Re: Rx for a Davis temperature humidity probe?
« Last post by Blicj11 on September 12, 2019, 10:24:46 PM »
Love it. Glad you are back in action. Thanks for the pics.
Weather Hardware/Measurement / Happy ending! (Re: Davis temperature humidity probe?)
« Last post by elagache on September 12, 2019, 09:32:03 PM »
Dear WeatherCat station caregivers,

Just as we sat down for dinner Tuesday night, the doorbell rang.  Sure enough, Amazon promised to deliver the temperature humidity sensor before 9pm and they delivered.  Alas, that made installation difficult.

However being stubborn, I decided to make a temporary compromise to get the station up and running Tuesday night:

While I'll be the first to admit that this wasn't exactly Kosher and definitely not seismic class-1, there wasn't any significant winds expected and this got my station back on like 18 hours earlier than would have been otherwise possible.

Eventually, I caught up with all the other chores so that I could get back to the station mid-afternoon yesterday.  First, I put the new sensor into the shield plate as before:

I then assembled the lower part of the radiation shield with the PC case fan on top:

Finally, I assembled the rest of the radiation shield and mounted it under our deck:

As soon as the fan was plugged back in it purred happily and the temperature humidity sensor has been working fine ever since.  The only problem is what the temperature sensor is reporting.  Current high is 90.0˚ F (32.2˚ C) and hotter expected tomorrow.  [sweat2]  Our air conditioner will certainly get some business this week!

All's well that end's well!  :)

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
Observations / Congratulations! (Re: What has been 2019 climate?)
« Last post by elagache on September 12, 2019, 09:21:49 PM »
Dear Blick, X-Air, and WeatherCat house maintenance types,

A few hours go we received our first snow flurries of the season.
. . .  .

Congratulations!  I do hope it is a sign of another prolific winter season for the West.

...and in the Memphis, TN area: Max Heat Index: 108.9F at 1:23 pm About an hour after I finished mowing our lawn. [sweat2] Fortunately the humidity was around 59%.

My sympathies!  Although, I'm glad that I'm not the only guy on the WeatherCat forum who still mows the lawn at his house!

Im thinking of sending you a large box for you to send some of that weather this way, I get a discount with FedEx!! ThU32:-)

 ;) . . . . Do you get an even bigger discount if you send more than one box?  I'll take the second one! . . .   lol(1)

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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