Western Weather 2017-18 and Later

EMSC

Active member
It's been hitting upper nineties F here for the past several days on the flatlands of Colo (but not 8 days). By tomorrow, high of only 71 forecast and upper 50's for Sat with rain before a return to the 80's next week. Certainly above normal recently. I haven't looked at weather maps but would guess we are far enough east to be on the edge of the super warm bubble of air.

Did anyone try asking Copper?
Eventually I probably will ask through my network; but I expect a less than interesting response so not exactly a top priority question. Copper is a bit better managed now (last few years), but still can be managed goofily at times and on certain topics.
 

jamesdeluxe

Administrator
It's been hitting upper nineties F here for the past several days on the flatlands of Colo
I've been hearing about it from family and friends. Glass half full, there's no forest fire smoke this year (so far). Hopefully it'll stay like that during my visit the following weekend.
 

EMSC

Active member
there's no forest fire smoke this year (so far)
You speak a bit too early :)

Nothing big this year but a bit of hazy smoke the last few days coming in from Cali & Idaho (that's what someone said, not really enough smoke for me to bother looking it up though). Hoping we do get some rain this weekend since it's been 2-3 weeks since we finally turned the water spigot off. No need to start a real fire season in Colo this late in the season. It's been a fairly wet summer here as far as 'wet' and the western US can go together in the same sentence.
 

tseeb

Active member
Wild rotating cloud from Mosquito fire last night. This is just above Foresthill, CA and not very far W of Palisades Tahoe.

We hope this heat dome is over in CA today. My weather station reported 108.6 on 9/8 and 105 today. That is our 6th day in a row over 102 with 4 days at 105 or more. The last two days between 3 and 4 pm we met electrician at our rental 6 blocks away. The problem, preventing power use in house as it's under the meter, is on the W side of the house so even with umbrellas to block some of the sun it was miserable. Another electrician will replace meter panel and re-connect tomorrow. Tenant has been using generator to keep fridge running and was considering larger 220V generator to run whole house air conditioner.

I got out of the heat yesterday by having lunch on coast in Santa Cruz where it was 75 in the afternoon. Car said temp got up to 109 crossing San Jose in mid-afternoon on return. Last weekend we stayed Sat. night in Salinas where we are helping our son get his townhouse ready for rent. After working we went to Carmel for a wine tasting and walk on beach that was as crowded as I've ever seen. We had late dinner on the coast where my phone said it was 59 when we finished. Sun morning it was in the 90s in Salinas before noon and it was 103 at home.

Halibut and chips at Phil's in Moss Landing on the second to last day before they close for re-location.
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Tony Crocker

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Staff member
NY Times has a long feature on San Francisco fog today. There's a question of whether it's declining due to climate change and the article did not make much of a case that it is, despite some people's anecdotal comments.

I can tell you that fog in SoCal is radically reduced from when I was growing up. The article illuminated some points there. There are two types of fog here. One was widespread winter fog, something like the Tule fog in the Central Valley. SoCal's winter fog is almost non-existent now and I believe the Tule fog is much less frequent. The other SoCal fog is the gray May/June gloom along the coast, which is our milder version of the April-July central coast/SF fog season.

Reasons?
1) Particulate pollution creates more particles for water vapor to condense into fog, and that pollution is much reduced over the past 50 years.
2) Urban heat island effect tends to prevent fog on the ground, though the "fog season" clouds are still there starting maybe 100 feet off the ground.
 

ChrisC

Well-known member
Wild rotating cloud from Mosquito fire last night. This is just above Foresthill, CA and not very far W of Palisades Tahoe.

We hope this heat dome is over in CA today. My weather station reported 108.6 on 9/8 and 105 today. That is our 6th day in a row over 102 with 4 days at 105 or more. The last two days between 3 and 4 pm we met electrician at our rental 6 blocks away. The problem, preventing power use in house as it's under the meter, is on the W side of the house so even with umbrellas to block some of the sun it was miserable. Another electrician will replace meter panel and re-connect tomorrow. Tenant has been using generator to keep fridge running and was considering larger 220V generator to run whole house air conditioner.

I got out of the heat yesterday by having lunch on coast in Santa Cruz where it was 75 in the afternoon. Car said temp got up to 109 crossing San Jose in mid-afternoon on return. Last weekend we stayed Sat. night in Salinas where we are helping our son get his townhouse ready for rent. After working we went to Carmel for a wine tasting and walk on beach that was as crowded as I've ever seen. We had late dinner on the coast where my phone said it was 59 when we finished. Sun morning it was in the 90s in Salinas before noon and it was 103 at home.

Halibut and chips at Phil's in Moss Landing on the second to last day before they close for re-location.
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Your dog looks like my brother’s latest adoption - Tuva - the White Wolf. Not sure his mix yet - getting genetic test back soon. Some Martha’s Vineyard beach pics from this week.

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EMSC

Active member
Never been to Marthas. So rare now-a-days to even be allowed to drive onto a beach in most places. I suppose the number of vehicles is relatively low there though. Interested to hear what the lineage is. Pretty dog, but I'm betting Tuva is a big hair shedder.
 

jasoncapecod

Active member
My daughter and her boyfriend got stuck on that beach in a rented Jeep.. Called me in a panick since the rental company said don't take on the beach..They didn't realize you had to manually put in 4x4...
 

Tony Crocker

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Staff member
I've been to Martha's once. I took the ferry on foot, rented a bike. I could not resist riding out to the Chappaquiddick bridge, which to no surprise had guardrails installed by then.

Driving on sand is tricky and not like driving on snow. Former admin told me to use the setting that locks all 4 wheels.
 
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