Rain on the Way

•November 14, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This is what my SLO Co forecaster had to say:

“This cold front will be strengthened by upper-level winds and will move through the Central Coast Sunday morning with increasing clouds, southerly winds and moderate rain. Frontal passage will occur between 8 a.m. and 12 noon, followed by widely scattered rain showers, increasing northwesterly winds and cooler air temperatures Sunday afternoon and night.

Total rainfall amounts will range between a quarter and a half an inch for much of the Central Coast. This system will also produce snow for the Sierra Nevada above 4,000 feet.” He also hints  at another system next weekend, the 21st.
Here are a couple rain prediction maps from NOAA:


Sharing Weather Apps

•November 13, 2015 • 11 Comments

Okay, found the best app of all – wunderground. It just about has it all, but one thing it has that none of the others do is the link to the live weather broadcasts from Monterey (or probably closest broadcast site). Comes in clear as a bell. During storms, I will try to leave it running in the background. When you try it, remember, it is not a constant broadcast, but scheduled, and I don’t know how often, yet. This is what my weather apps look like now.


I will be scouring the App Store for weather apps in the next few weeks, even though I have a good collection of weather links on my blog which I will be transitioning to in the next few days. In the mean time, I’m sure some of you have some even better weather apps than I do. How about sharing with each other? Here are my current ones, which helped tremendously planning a trip to Yosemite in between snow storms, which we managed! Snow chains for an RV are a bit much for these two old farts. Rock Knocker might disagree with me … Being a male Leo and all …

more El Niño Journal, 1998 soon.


Prescribed Burn near Arroyo Seca

•November 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment


Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrew Madsen (805) 895-0841
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Prescribed Burn Scheduled in Los Padres National Forest

GOLETA, CA, November 12, 2015…Los Padres National Forest officials announced today that fire crews plan to conduct a prescribed burn next week at the Abbott Lakes adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Administrative Area on the Monterey Ranger District. The 18-acre project area is approximately 25 miles west of King City.

The purpose of the burn is to use prescribed fire to consume the emergent vegetation of the lower Abbott Lake and increase its water storage capacity. This in turn would:

· Provide a reliable source of water for fire suppression activities in order to better protect Arroyo Seco Administrative Site facilities, the surrounding community of Fred’s Camp, and other residential and commercial structures from wildfires.
Reduce or prevent the amount of water needing to be drafted from the Arroyo Seco River during active wildfires because water drafting may exacerbate summertime stress in steelhead trout populations and other aquatic species.
Improve aquatic and wetland habitat of the lower lake by filling it in the late fall, winter and early spring months during high river flows so that the lake is as full as possible on a year-round basis.

If the fuel and weather conditions are safely within prescription, the project could begin as early as November 17. Smoke may be visible from several miles away and residual smoke could be present in the area for several days following the burn.

Forest visitors are advised to call the Arroyo Seco Station at (831) 674-2381 or the Monterey District Office at (831) 385-5434 to obtain current information during the burn operation.


Thanks to all our veterans

•November 11, 2015 • 2 Comments


For all you veterans, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has free admission for all active, retired military and veterans with appropriate ID on Veterans Day.  Also, many places like Applebee’s are offering a free meal for all veterans. Thank our veterans and remember our fallen.

Culvert Repair, Carmel Highlands, Thursday, 11/12

•November 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment

MONTEREY COUNTY – An emergency culvert repair project will take place on Highway 1
at Highland Drive in Carmel Highlands for one day only on Thursday, Nov. 12, Caltrans
officials have announced.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control with flagging on northbound Hwy.
1 at Highland Dr. from 9 am to 12 noon on Thursday, Nov. 12 only.

Motorists can expect a delay not to exceed 15 minutes.

This project will repair a deteriorated culvert to improve drainage in preparation for winter

MCSO Town Hall Meeting re coverage

•November 10, 2015 • 2 Comments


Big Sur prepares for El Niño

•November 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment

There is a nice little video about 4 minutes long on KION featuring our Cal Trans worker Ray Ortega as well as Kirk Gafill of Nepenthe. I don’t post videos on my blog due to costs, and in this case, possible copyright infringement, but here is a link:

Big Sur Preps for El Nino

Often times these links only work for a few days, so look at it as soon as you can. Enjoy this very crisp, clear day. Frost advisories thru tomorrow morning. I woke to 38 degrees outside, and 52 in. Immediately built a fire, and now just trying to get warm!


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