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Hours of Rain

By: sp34n119w, 7:53 PM GMT on December 28, 2010

While the rest of the country shivers … looks like we will, too.
The next front coming through will have cold air behind it, bringing snow down to as low as 2000 feet, but only if there is enough moisture along with it at that point in time. We'll see.

In any case, rain here in SP totaling 0.5” to 1.0” between Tuesday night and Wednesday is in the forecast. Dangerously high winds are forecast, as well, but that will be worst on north-facing slopes and at elevation. I have my doubts about both forecasts for my immediate area. The storm is coming from the north and we're pretty well sheltered from that direction. I think we'll get the lower end for rain totals, no excessive wind, and plenty of cold (by my standards, lol).

Puts a damper on that after-Christmas shopping, anyway.

Trail of Doom(ishness):

For the bigger picture, have a look at the NEPac WVloop.

Clouds or Snow?:


There. Shiny.

btw, have I said, "I told you so", yet? I think it's safe to say, now ;)


Days of Rain

By: sp34n119w, 8:03 PM GMT on December 17, 2010

It looks like we're in for some serious rain in this part of southern California. A series of storms with lots of water available will be streaming through, one after the other, giving us an almost constant chance of rainfall (certainly constant cloud cover) today through the middle of next week.

The first combo comes through today through Sunday and rain totals ...
“by sundays end are expected to range from about 1 to 3 inches over
the coast and valleys...with 3 to 6 inches likely across the
foothills and mountains. Snow levels will be very high 7500 feet or
higher and snow will really not be an issue with this event.”

Now, that sounds kind of nice, doesn't it? A few inches of rain would be welcome, although, while I personally appreciate that it won't get very cold, we do need snow for storage.

If that isn't enough for you, what they say about the later storm, Tuesday/Wednesday, is downright frightening …
“This system will be very capable of producing
very heavy rain and if it comes together as currently forecast
double digit rainfall totals will be possible on the south facing
slopes in just 36 hours.”

That “double digit rainfall totals” bit will send a shiver down any SoCal denizen's spine. We got trouble coming – be safe and stay out from under any steep hillsides, if you can.
It will be windy, too, so unnecessary travel should be right out, people.

Then, it will be pleasant again, and Christmas should be lovely, I'm thinking :)

I have no idea what all of this will mean for those east of us – doesn't sound good, though, does it?

Ribbons and Bows:

For the bigger picture, to see where all that water is coming from, a link to the NEPac WVloop.

White (Week Before) Christmas:

Red and Green:

Updated: 7:21 PM GMT on December 18, 2010


Ah, December

By: sp34n119w, 8:10 PM GMT on December 05, 2010

Sure, in the northern hemisphere, it's mostly cold and wet. The days are getting shorter and are often gray so that it feels like night too much of the time. But, three weeks in, Earth turns the corner and we can celebrate the coming of the light. It isn't my favorite time of year but it certainly has its joys and I will take those in full measure and be grateful.

January is worse, anyway, for weather.

I'm liking these titles so they stay, for a change :)

Buns of Water:

Decked Out:

Radar Madness:


A Christmas song for all, which I post in dedication to my brother and sister, the kids, and my mom -

White Wine in the Sun
Tim Minchin


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