Slow Water Movement

By: Inyo, 3:16 PM GMT on January 19, 2011

I don't update this blog anymore, but please check out my blog about watershed issues, urban watersheds, and technology-based outreach at Slow Water Movement Blog.

Updated: 3:17 PM GMT on January 19, 2011

First "Summer" Thunderstorms of the Year

By: Inyo, 2:25 AM GMT on May 06, 2008

Thanks to a cutoff low, instability thunderstorms formed over the Sierras and the deserts for the first time since last summer/early fall. These are not really monsoonal storms, but rather set off by the low. Nevertheless, they represent a 'summer' pattern, not surprising following the record heat in April.Some showers are now just north of the Grapevine and Liebre Mountains, moving southwest. If they held together they could bring rain to the coast of LA and Ven...

Is the rainy season over?

By: Inyo, 4:42 PM GMT on March 05, 2008

It's only the start of March. Earlier this week, computer models were showing rain for the second week of March... however, they are no longer doing so. Is this the end of the rainy season?Significant rain usually falls in March, but not always. I guess we can only wait and see. If no more significant rain falls, we will end up slightly below average for the year in most places.For what it is worth, strong La Ninas like the ones we are in actually bring 'above a...

Wet Weather Coming Back?

By: Inyo, 5:05 AM GMT on February 18, 2008

After a wintry start to February, the month has been quite warm and dry. The many feet of snow dumped on the Topa Topa mountains has nearly melted off, although Pine Mountain at over 7000 feet tall still has significant snow. The grasses and wildflowers have also taken this opportunity to grow significantly. The hills are green and while not many flowers are blooming yet, it is almost that time of year. There's only one problem - the soil is drying out and witho...

Back to a rainy pattern?

By: Inyo, 5:21 PM GMT on January 18, 2008

After two weeks of beautiful but dry weather, we may be heading back to a rainy pattern. The first storm, which will appear early next week, was predicted to be very cold and fairly dry, but is now looking a bit wetter - still cold but not as cold as earlier indications. If this storm came through it could drop at least 1/2 inch rain and several inches of snow throughout pretty much all mountain areas and even the foothills. However, it is a cutoff low, so it cou...

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