Foto Friday, 7/24/15, by NOAA

•July 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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New Wildfire?

•July 19, 2015 • 9 Comments

2:00 pm – I’m trying to add a radar and a lightning strike maps, but they made load at the bottom. Yup. The bottom.

12:00 Update: Fire in Ventana Wilderness, 5 acres, difficult access, AA overhead. Major thunder here, light rain beginning. In Templeton to my south east,  a truck traveling near 46 West and 101 was struck by lightning, requiring an ambulance and a tow truck.

11:00 am – UPDATE:

07/19/2015 09:32 LPF-2121
POST Wildfire E. Side of Post Summit/So. Fork/Little Sur River . BC12LPF CRW4LPF DOZ3LPF E17LPF E18LPF E31LPF 4X4 E335LPF E37LPF HEL527LPF PAT18LPF Q12:00 WT5LPF Josh Langston Effective 10:10 . . 36.285 x 121.778

07/19/2015 09:32 LPF-2121image image
New Wildfire . . E18LPF PAT18LPF Q . . . 36.285 x 121.778

Not sure exactly where this is, but longitude puts it just south? of Big Sur Station, but east? I think? Maybe someone with faster internet can clarify.

Lightning over the Bay by Mike Morales, 7/19/15

•July 19, 2015 • 5 Comments

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Wow, great shot, my friend!

Lightning

•July 19, 2015 • 7 Comments

NWS reports 600 cloud to ground strikes between 6-7 am. Small fire started in Highlands, but rain helped keep it small. Below is the lightning radar.

Oops … Should have had my coffee first, or gotten the sleep out of my eyes. The rain RATE was 2.54″/hour. I only received .06″ in that cloud burst. My bad! At 5:30 am, I received 2 and 1/2″ of rain in mere minutes. Wow!

I woke around 1:30 am to an amazing light show to my south. The sky is still being lit up every 30 secs or so, now at 2 am. It is far enough away that I can not hear the thunder I can only imagine is crackling through the atmosphere. My SLO weather caster tweets that there has been lightning and rain in SLO Co for the last hour. imageI checked wildCAD to see it hasn’t been updated since last night around 5 pm, but that there were several wildfire starts to the south, including a single tree lightning strike. I can only hope these are accompanied by rain. My cousin’s son said it rained the entire time he drove from Hesperian to Pismo yesterday, per a conversation I had with my aunt last night. We have no rain here, but at least the wild winds I had all day yesterday have died. It is quiet, for now.

Illegal Campfires

•July 18, 2015 • 4 Comments

were rampant yesterday. Maybe that why I saw USFS LE officer Roberta  for the first time in years. She was at the bottom of Plaskett when I saw her. Maybe she got up To Prewitt last night or today. As I told her, people are absolutely crazy this year. What part of this sign don’t you get?

imageJust a few wildCAD:

. . . . . 35.350 x 120.353
07/17/2015 13:48 LPF-2098
New Wildfire LOS BURRO ILLEGAL CAMPFIRES . . . . 35.857 x 121.328
07/17/2015 13:29 LPF-2097
New Wildfire LOS BURRO ILLEGAL CAMPFIRE . . . . 35.857 x 121.328
07/17/2015 13:08 LPF-2096
New Wildfire LOS BURRO RD M ABANDONED CAMPFIRE . . . . 35.857 x 121.328
07/17/2015 11:12 LPF-2094
LOS BURRO CR/BURRO RD M ILLEGAL CAMPFIRE . . . . 35.874 x 121.289
07/17/2015 10:44 LPF-2093
New Wildfire LOS BURRO CR/BURRO RD M . . . . . 35.874 x 121.289
07/17/2015 10:44 LPF-2092
. Wildfire LOS BURRO CR/BURRO RD M ILLEGAL CAMPFIRE . . . . 35.874 x 121.289

I count five. I don’t get it.

oh, and while I am ranting … What in the heck was MoCo Weekly thinking in publishing an article on hiking the Buckeye Trail down here which encourages campfires, even thourgh the writer mentioned the drought and lack of water in the area? Bad, bad idea, people! That intern needs to be educated, as do her editors and publishers, apparently. Please contact MCWeekly and call them on their irresponsible reporting.

Foto Friday by Dan Danbom, 7/17/15

•July 17, 2015 • 4 Comments

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