Author Topic: Welcome to summer 2019!  (Read 218 times)

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Welcome to summer 2019!
« on: June 20, 2019, 10:17:15 PM »
Dear WeatherCat observers of the seasons turning,

For the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year.  This year it occurs around the 21th of June.  Here is a website with the exact time of the Solstice for various locations around the world.

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20190621T1554&msg=June%20Solstice%202019

In California, the time of hot dry weather has arrived.  Here is the same hillside I photographed earlier this spring:

http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=2947.msg28932#msg28932



Alas, the late rains have had little effect on the dried out grasses.  Still, there is some more pleasant aspects of Summer in Northern California.  There is the rolling of the fog in and out.  Here are some palm trees in front of the marine layer:



Unfortunately, we are seeing considerably less fog in recent years and that is causing a serious uptick in temperatures.

There are still some late blooming shrubs like these oleander:



There is also some of the first fruits of the season.  Here is another yellow plum tree with the fading blossoms of buckeye trees behind:



Still the creeks are starting to run dry:



This year there is something new upon the land:



In the wake of the destruction of Paradise and other regions by wildfire, there is a feverish attempt to reduce the risk of fires spreading - especially around power lines.  While the goal is laudable, the rote removal of growth really doesn't guarantee anything.  Attempting to prevent a repeat of one wildfire scenario hardly precludes others.  At the same time living plants remove greenhouse gases from atmosphere.  No matter what you do with dead vegetation, it releases CO2 as it decomposes.  In addition trees provide shade that reduces overall temperatures.  While not definitive, there is some evidence that Urban Heat Islands are contributing to climate change.  So the haste to reduce one sort of wildfire risk could be ultimately increasing the risk in other ways.  It is always sad to see a tree die, sadder still when a tree is removed more out of fear than reason.

Such are the conditions that prevail in California at the start of Summer 2019. . . . . . .

Edouard

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Re: Welcome to summer 2019!
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2019, 12:44:21 AM »
You can't argue with the idea that if you cut down a tree, it can't burn down... :o [goofy] [rolleyes2] [banghead]

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Re: Welcome to summer 2019!
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2019, 10:36:08 AM »
This time of year is also the best for spotting Noctilucent clouds (NLC). Last night they were exceptionally bright, and visible in large parts of Europe. Some photo's I took close to where I live.

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Pretty! Thanks for sharing! (Re: Welcome to summer 2019!)
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2019, 10:02:19 PM »
Dear X-Air, Jos, and WeatherCat observers of the seasons turning,

This time of year is also the best for spotting Noctilucent clouds (NLC). Last night they were exceptionally bright, and visible in large parts of Europe. Some photo's I took close to where I live.

Thank you very much for sharing!  Indeed these are very pretty cloud formations!  Honestly, I had never heard of Noctilucent clouds before your post.  Here is some more information about it on Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noctilucent_cloud

I don't know how many WeatherCatters live at latitudes of 50° to 65˚, so you most likely one of the very few who can see these first-hand.  Thanks for sharing a phenomena most of us will never see.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

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Re: Welcome to summer 2019!
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2019, 04:00:35 AM »
Thanks Josbaz! A totally new cloud type to me, also! While I live much too far south to see them, I spent a lot time flying around sunrise, sometimes at quite high altitudes. Those circumstances should have enabled me to see these formations. But the conditions must be fairly rare as well as cold!!! [freeze]

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Re: Welcome to summer 2019!
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2019, 04:50:50 PM »
Really nice photos JosBaz and a cloud type I have not heard of previously. Thanks for the education.
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