Notices

•November 13, 2013 • 27 Comments

The Big Sur blog that has been covering fires, the weather, road conditions, and other events since 2008. Send your news and photos, and we will do our best to post them. send to: kwnovoa@mac.com

HEADER PHOTO…is a gift from my terrific photog friend Dan Danbom. He is also a whiz in the digital darkroom, as you can tell.

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Personality One, by Don Harlan, part 6

•April 21, 2014 • 1 Comment

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Happy Easter!

•April 20, 2014 • 3 Comments

From my friend, Dan Danbom

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And yesterday he saw four mother calf pairs off Dolan Point. Okay, I’ll have to add that one from River Inn. Off for Easter with the Ladies of the Sur, in my new East bonnet – a Tilley’s. (Story to follow at a later date.)

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Thank you, Dan. Yo made my Easter!

Foto Friday, 22

•April 18, 2014 • 1 Comment

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Taken last week. Here are a couple more

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Big Sur Marathon

•April 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Today’s Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa
Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BIG SUR MARATHON TO BE RUN ON HIGHWAY 1 NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 27

MONTEREY COUNTY (CARMEL/BIG SUR) – The Big Sur International Marathon will be run along Highway 1 beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 27. The race will start in Big Sur and will end at Rio Road in Carmel.

Traffic on Highway 1 will be restricted from 4:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Hwy. 1 will be closed from Sycamore Canyon Road to Carmel Valley Road. While the southbound lane is closed for the race, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will use the northbound lane to lead caravans of traffic in alternating directions at three different intervals during this time. Therefore, motorists traveling in both directions should expect delays of up to two hours.

Coming El Niño?

•April 15, 2014 • 3 Comments

There are a lot of articles beginning to circulate about a possible very strong El Niño winter. Comparisons are being made to the El Niño of 1997-1998.

From a listing of historical floods in Monterey County going back to 1911 compiled by the MCWRA:

February 1998
In February 1998, a series of “El Niño” winter storms hit various parts of California, and particularly Monterey County. Close timing of the rainfall events contributed to intense flooding, in that heavy rain would continually hit ground that was still saturated from the previous rain. An estimated 50 roads and highways were closed or restricted, in most cases due to washouts, landslides, and mudslides. Several communities were evacuated, particularly the entire town of Pajaro near Watsonville, all residents of the Sherwood Lake Mobile Home Park near Carr Lake in Salinas, and portions of Bolsa Knolls and Toro Estates. Drinking water quality warnings remained in effect for certain areas for some time afterward. By the end of the first week of February, at least 6,600 homes and businesses had been without power for varying periods of time. The State Governor declared Monterey County, amongst others, a disaster area.

The most significant type of damage involved land and mudslides. In particular, the Las Lomas area experienced severe damage of eight residential parcels which Monterey County acquired, through the Federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, removing all property improvements. Each parcel was subsequently rezoned to “open space” in perpetuity.

County-wide, losses resulting from the February 1998 events are estimated at over $38 million, with specifically agriculture-related losses totaling over $7 million and involving approximately 29,000 damaged acres.
historical Floods in Monterey County

And here are the most recent ENSCO reports from NWA/NOAA

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Historically, Spring predictions are often inaccurate on these, but the May 8th report promises to be more enlightening.

Last night’s Blood Moon

•April 15, 2014 • 4 Comments

Shot by the kiddo, Brendon Shave, at the Hermitage.

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Here is another by Dan Danbom.

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Lost Dog, Pine Ridge Trail, LPNF, FOUND!

•April 14, 2014 • 3 Comments

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Happy Day for his owners. Becky just called to relay the good news. Some hikers from Big Sur to China Camp found him on a trail about a mile from there and relayed him to other hikers. That’s super!

 
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