Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday Vignette: Our rain is cut off

The last couple of rainstorms that hit Northern California didn't quite make it our way.  Last week, forecasts showed a 50% chance of light rain Monday night but Monday night the clouds looked like this:

Isn't that cloud weird?  It looked like a huge scissor to me.

Here's a broader view

And here's a close-up showing the "blades" of the scissor just off shore


While the lighthouse at Angel's Gate, the entrance to the Los Angeles Harbor, may have received a little rain, we didn't.  Clouds reappeared on Tuesday, flirting with us, but the romance never moved beyond that.  Fog moved in late Tuesday afternoon, but it too pooled over the harbor, leaving the sky clear at our level, some 800 feet above sea level.

The fog covered the harbor like a blanket, leaving just a few shipping cranes barely visible


As night fell, the fog thickened and the lights of the harbor, our usual nighttime view, blinked out.  In the end, we got one one-hundredth of an inch of rain according to our roof-top weather station.  Our luck with rain has run out, I think.  Although the local extended AccuWeather forecast shows two possible light rain events in May, the earlier predictions for April weren't realized so I'm not counting on it.  That scissor-shaped cloud looked like a sign to me.

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17 comments:

  1. Send those great big scissors north! Please. I'd love to shut off the rain here, and turn up the heat.

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    1. I'm sorry you're still soggy up there. Our heat is expected to turn on this weekend - LA forecasters are predicting a temperature of 90F on Saturday. It's too early to get that hot!

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  2. I like the weird cloud. I wonder if it's an effect of warmer air over the city causing the clouds to rise like that. As much as I love cooler temperatures and don't mind the rain too much, even I am a little tired of the spring we're having up north. Mostly, I'm impatient for plants to grow, something that happens very slowly when we have cool springs like this. I'd love temperatures more reliably in the 60's, and to send some of our rain your way.

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    1. Temperatures in the 60s would be lovely - encoruaged by Santa Ana winds, ours is expected to soar to 90F by Saturday.

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  3. Very cool cloud, even though it was rainless.

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    1. I was surprised we even got 0.01/inch last night but I guess the impact the winds (an ongoing presence in the evenings here of late) is unpredictable.

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  4. I'm with Alison, send us the scissors! We set a new record yesterday, the farthest we've ever gotten into the year without having a 70 degree day. We haven't even hit 65 yet! (that might finally happen Friday)... and it just keeps raining. I'm so far behind in my garden tasks.

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    1. Wait, I misspoke. The record is latest for not even reaching 65. Not that it really matters, it all ads up to miserable.

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    2. It is too bad we can't arrange a rain for heat exchange, Loree. Our temperatures are going to soar above the comfortable level this weekend.

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  5. Amazing photographs Kris! I do hope you get your rain. Dry here, but not as bad as with you!

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    1. Winter rain is usually all we can reasonably expect, Cathy. Our drought was due to the miserly winter rains we got for 5 years. While we received much more rain than expected this winter, unfortunately that probably doesn't mean a change in the spring and summer patterns.

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  6. Our promised down pour on Wednesday amounted to a few drops; now it is very cold, very cold. Below zero degrees Centigrade last night, there was frost on the grass, the car windscreens and the gravel paths!

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    1. That's awful, Christina! I can't even imagine a freeze in February, much less April.

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  7. Sorry you didn't get your rain, but that was quite the show the clouds put on... What interesting, beautiful formations!

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    1. It was a very unusual cloud, Anna, at least in my experience. I irritated my husband by jumping up in the middle of dinner to rush outside with my camera.

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  8. Very unusual type of cloud. But recently the BBC has informed that the World Meteorological Society has announced 12 'new' types of clouds and is publishing them in its International Cloud Atlas. So that one probably has its name as well. Great capture!

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    1. Just for fun, Aga, I ran an on-line search for scissor-shaped clouds but didn't come up with any meaningful input. It was probably a variation on a lenticular cloud.

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