When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. - Edmund Burke
By: sp34n119w , 9:40 PM GMT on April 06, 2009
For the science bit -
Dr. Phil Plait, who writes the Bad Astronomy blog at Discover, has written a pretty good article about the process of science, how imagination is key to science, and how people misinterpret science. I'd be interested in other folks' take on what he has written after reading the article in its entirety.
For the weather bit -
Cloudy and cool right now. Hoping for rain but not counting on it. OTOH, I have to drive to Ventura so it's bound to pour, LOL ;)
From the forecast discussion
200 PM PDT Thursday Apr 9 2009
Short term (today through monday)...
our beautiful semi-Colon shaped low pressure system...currently
about 300 miles south of Los Angeles...continues to slide to the
southeast this afternoon. The flow is already beginning to shift to
the west-northwest over slow and sba counties. Instability showers
have already formed over the mountains and foothills over slow sba and vtu
counties...as there is enough daytime heating to trigger some
convection. Light snow reports confirm the snow level around 5000
feet. These showers should continue through this evening just about
anywhere...but mostly in the foothills and mountains we even saw a
number of lightning strikes over the sba and vtu mountains this past
hour. Most of the showers will produce light rainfall under a tenth
of an inch. A few of these showers however could produce a good dose
of precipitation near one quarter of an inch...especially those of
the slow moving thunderstorm variety.
Here's the pretty picture -
The other pretty picture - someone in Cali is getting rain today -
Looks like the possibility of some rain Tuesday into Wednesday, then again on Thursday/Friday. At the least, the temperature will drop significantly. As I type, it is 77º and tomorrow's high is meant to be around 68º dropping to low-to-mid 60's for the rest of the week. Big difference!
From the forecast discussion for my area:
LARGE NEARLY STATIONARY UPPER LEVEL LOW OVER THE ERN PAC CENTERED
NEAR 34N 134W THIS MORNING IS FORECAST TO MOVE SLOWLY ENE TONIGHT
THROUGH WEDNESDAY...REACHING THE CENTRAL CA COAST WED EVENING. THE
COLD FRONT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SYSTEM IS FORECAST TO REACH THE
CENTRAL COAST BY EARLY TUE MORNING THEN PUSH SE ACROSS THE DISTRICT
THROUGH EARLY TUE EVENING. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP OVER
SLO/SBA COUNTIES TUE MORNING...WITH RAIN BECOMING LIKELY FOR TUE
AFTERNOON. S OF POINT CONCEPTION...A CHANCE OF SHOWERS CAN BE
EXPECTED BY TUE AFTERNOON WITH RAIN BECOMING LIKELY EARLY TUE
EVENING. AS THE UPPER LOW SLOWLY MOVES INLAND OVER CENTRAL CA TUE
NIGHT...CYCLONIC FLOW ALOFT OVER SRN CA ALONG WITH LINGERING
MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY WILL BRING ADDITIONAL SHOWERS TO MUCH OF
THE REGION LATER TUE NIGHT INTO EARLY WED. SOME SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED
TO LINGER WED MORNING THEN THE CHANCES OF PRECIPITATION WILL
GRADUALLY DECREASE FROM NW TO SE ACROSS THE DISTRICT WED AFTERNOON.
WITH COLD AIR ALOFT MOVING IN...
Also, slight chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday.
Snow above 7000ft, if any.
Even if the rain stays north and east it will be good for the state, overall. Hoping for a soaking here, of course, since my feeling is that if it is cloudy and cold it dang well ought to be raining! Otherwise, it better be sunny! LOL If only the weather gods cared what I think...
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Santa Paula, CA
|Dew Point:||30.0 °F|
|Wind:||7.0 mph from the NNE|
Updated: 4:54 PM PDT on March 30, 2017