Imagine my excitement the night before last when I heard that the remnants of Hurricane Fabio were going to bring us some tropical weather. It’s not often we get a tropical system. In fact, I think only one hurricane has ever hit Los Angeles and that was back in the 1930′s. The weatherman called for scattered showers and thunderstorms…but we got nothing. I watched the clouds and the radar all day yesterday and the tropical system traveled north along the coastline and never came inland. We got some nice blue clouds and a few sprinkles, but nothing more. This morning, however, we were treated to quite a view here in Santa Clarita as you could see the system to the west.
This shot is looking northwestward from the middle of the Santa Clarita Valley.
And this one is taken from the same vantage point only five hours later.
Two things to note here: 1. It’s amazing how the clouds in the sky can change a view and 2. That was a big system that moved pretty darn fast.
Well, you’d never know it was April here in southern California. A late winter storm came in last night and dumped a bunch of rain on us here in the valleys and snow up in our mountains. The one thing it does do, though, is make the hillsides green. And, all the colors of the new leaves on the trees just pop when the sun finally comes out. We have another storm coming tomorrow night and the weathermen say this one is colder than the one that came in last night. More snow, rain, and wind. Will winter ever end??
It’s not often we have days like today. It’s about 75 degrees outside with lots of clouds, some lightning strikes, and a nice cool breeze.
Check out those storm clouds in the distance. This is looking towards the southwest.
You can see some blue sky in this shot, but it is still very dark where we were at the northern end of the valley.
I know that living in southern California, especially where I live at the northern end of the Santa Clarita Valley, that it will get hot from time to time. (Well, during the summer that is most of the time.) But there are days when the heat just drives you crazy and you have to get away. Luckily for us, relief is only 45 minutes away and not just a little relief, mind you, a lot!!
Take for instance yesterday. It was 108 degrees when I decided…that’s it!! Time to get cold!! So, I threw the family in the car and drove 42 miles to Ventura. In less than an hour it went from 108 to 68 degrees. That’s a 40 degree temperature change!!!! From sweating to goose bumps…literally. You see, there was a nice breeze blowing in Ventura Harbor and that made all the difference in the world.
Doesn’t that look nice?? That’s the view from a restaurant we ate an early dinner at called Brophy Bros. Restaurant & Clam Bar. It’s right in Harbor Village and it was so nice to just sit and watch the boats, paddle surfers, and kayakers mosey along the water. Refreshing, too.
So, what do you do when it’s over 100 degrees and you need some relief? You head to the beach!!!
Here in southern California we get a variety of weather. Things like Santa Ana wind events, dust storms, severe thunderstorms, snow, and even a waterspout or two are common events here in SoCal. Something that isn’t common, however, is a graupel shower. What is graupel, you ask? Well I’ll tell you. Read more