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Wrapping up February

By: WatchinTheSky, 4:36 PM GMT on February 27, 2011

Update Sunday 2:00 PM PST

Just drove by Lake Hodges (south and west of Escondido) and it's over the top! Thanks La Nina!

It has been 6 years since water has run the spillway, before that - 1995. So, not a common sight and it usually stops traffic. Actually, there was an ambulance and fire truck on scene with lights flashing and traffic control. Some sort of accident

Sunday Feb 27th, 8:10 AM PST

One day left in Feb, but the weather is done for the month. Sunny cool days - another frost warning for tonight, then slight warming and clear over the coming week. Not quite enough cold air behind the front to bring snow to the coastal valleys, at 9:30 PM last night it was 39 degrees and raining - close. The clouds cleared during early morning hours and it was 32 at dawn. Not terrible, but cool for coastal valleys of San Diego.

calpoppy should have snow, maybe sp34n119w. Sounds like PSP is still in for wintry mix.

Rain for Feb: Total 3.62" (above normal, sorry La Nina)

Wed 16th .39"
Thur 17th .04'
Fri 18th .55"
Sat 19th .87" including some hail
Sun 20th .35"

Sat 26th 1.65" some hail again

Off to the Park to check for washouts on visitor trail.

Updated: 10:10 PM GMT on February 27, 2011


Colder Storm on the Way?

By: WatchinTheSky, 5:57 PM GMT on February 23, 2011

Sat Feb 26 9:00 AM local PST

Cold air mass is not here yet, the main rain event is done. Cold air is moving down the coast approaching LA, should be to San Diego county by tonight. Looks like chance of snow for lower elevations is reducing, now to 2500'. More SNOW for calpoppy? Today is the last chance for rain this month.

Rain for Feb: Total 3.62" so far (above normal, sorry La Nina)

Sat 26th 1.42" so far (may not be much left)

Wed 16th .39"
Thur 17th .04'
Fri 18th .55"
Sat 19th .87" including some hail
Sun 20th .35"

Wed Feb 23, 10:00 AM

Latest satellite loops show cold air dropping down the west coast and a well defined low spinning 3 times zones west of Oregon. It does not seem to be moving much yet, but is forecast to bring a very cold storm down the coast and possibly drop snow levels way down in San Diego county (according to a very reliable source :)
The weekend is still a ways off, but by then we could take some more rain - we need another inch to get us to Feb normal. This could make the sky worth watchin!

Nice quote and sentiment BriarCraft, thanks.

Updated: 5:26 PM GMT on February 26, 2011


In between Events

By: WatchinTheSky, 4:08 PM GMT on February 19, 2011

Update Sunday 20 9:30 AM

Wed 16th .39"
Thur 17th .04'
Fri 18th .55"
Sat 19th .87" including some hail
Sun 20th .35" so far, looks like we are done for today

Total for week and month 2.2", 2/3s of normal Feb - a good catch up, hope we can stay on track.
Season total (July to June) 17.76, above average thanks to December. Take that La Nina! Actually, we have an inch to go for Feb and three inches for March - so we shall see if La Nina gets the last laugh.

Update Sat 5:30 PM

A quick round of hail has come through, 1/4" or less in size. Almost covers the putting green in backyard.

Saturday Feb 19 8:00 AM San Diego time

Looks like we got most of what was expected, so far, in rainfall. The mostly here high pressure that kept February sunny and warm left town around the 14th and a flow from the west brought rain off and on since Wednesday. The current pattern remains and we should see more rain tonight and Sunday. It has cleared up north of San Diego this morning, so we should have an improving day before another wave comes in tonight.
There is a bit of snow at the highest elevations of our local mountains - 5000+ foot levels.

Went out to the Park this morning to check on trail damage in my area from the rain, none to speak of - nice! Rain gauge I put up at the park had 1.5". As I was leaving, a large patch of blue sky rolled over and it warmed up a bit. Had to get a photo of one of the local turkey vultures stretched out in the sun warming up from chilly rainy morning.

I had to walk around a nice patch of moss that is clearly liking the rain lately - really greening up on a granite outcrop.

Updated: 5:39 PM GMT on February 20, 2011


Change Coming?

By: WatchinTheSky, 7:38 PM GMT on February 13, 2011

Sunday Feb 13 11:00 AM local

Its been 2 weeks of sun and mostly above normal temps, but a change is coming (so 'they' say). I am not so convinced yet judging by the Pacific water vapor loop. A lot of trending towards the PNW leaving SoCal dry for now anyway. The month is half done and no rain yet.

Speaking of sun - here is a photo of long time resident of backyard (long time in lizard years?) getting some early morning warmth in her favorite spot (AC grill).

Another regular around the yard, The Old Guy.

Back in the 'bird corner', the manzanita is winding down.

Come On Rain!


More Sun

By: WatchinTheSky, 7:02 PM GMT on February 07, 2011

Monday Feb 7, 10:30 AM

Southern California is back to extended sunny weather. Normal rainfall for February is 3.16" (average rain for January through March is .11" per day) and a week in we've had no rain and none in sight for the next 5 days and counting. A cold front coming through from the north west will bring gusty conditions but no rain and will be followed by more high pressure over the west and offshore winds to dry out what little moisture is left from the bit of rain at the end of January.

From the backyard, the poppies are beginning to open up, manzanita is in full bloom, Santa Rosa plum is blooming and desert willow is beginning to leaf out. Most of that is early this year. The favorite little grape soda lupine is not showing any signs of recovering from December rains.


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