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That was excessively oppressive

I’m a big fan of hot weather.  I know there are others out there just like me. Last week proved that too much of a good thing is not all that great. At least we don’t live in Phoenix or Las Vegas or anywhere in a desert. Death Valley recorded an all-time high at 129 degrees, the highest June temperature ever recorded in the United States. In Phoenix  the mercury topped out at 119 degrees on the 29th of June.… Read More »

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall

I’m walking on sunshine , wooah I’m walking on sunshine, woooah I’m walking on sunshine, woooah and don’t it feel good!!  -Katrina and the Waves 1985   The past few weeks have had these four seasons all rolled in to one.  One day, you need a quart of sunscreen, the next day a coat and umbrella. Now after studying the latest weather forecasts and models, it seems that a fall like weather system complete with northeasterly dry  and hot Foehn… Read More »

Take your pick. Summer or winter?

Ah, summer. Wait a minute it’s January, right? Okay.  You know those middle summer thunderstorms we get around here sometimes? Those ‘weather events’ offer a brief cooling respite during the dog days of summer.  It feels good, takes the edge off those hot days and a sure sign that fall is right around the corner. But not this year.  Save for a piddly little storm in early October and a brief shower in December and of course last weekends gully… Read More »

Red and Brown

I peruse Sonoma County-and beyond sometimes-in search of scenic weather photos…when I’m not shooting daily assignments.  Every once in awhile these two mix and that’s a good thing, nothing beats slopping through hurricane force winds and torrential downpours with a camera in your hands. Save for a couple of instances, the dramatic skies usually abound this time of year have been painfully absent from Sonoma County environs.  I’m not talking sunsets, those have been great by the way, I’m talking… Read More »

Got Wind?

Hang on to your hat.  A wind storm is on the horizon.  If the forecast holds true, this could be a prolonged damaging event, with winds a little stronger that the wind storm we had way back in March, gusts reached as high as 50mph that night. The National Weather Service is calling for local gusts to 70mph above 1,000 feet.  Below that, winds will be anywhere between 20-40mph from the northeast with frequent gusts of 55mph. Here is the… Read More »

Fall pass

How can you photograph fall with very few leaves turning?  Ah.  A human induced fall backdrop, courtesy of Art Start and the St. Rose and West End Historical Districts on Saturday.  I can see a fall weather photo in the future.   -Kent Porter

Now that’s a cloud

Sky watcher I am.  My head is either in a cloud or behind a camera.  When I can find a way to combine the two, my inner weather geekdom is happy. The cumulus build-up has been pretty incredible the last few days over  forests way to the north.  At any rate, this time of the year can be interesting for thunderstorms.  I shot this picture while on Hall Road in Santa Rosa this past Wednesday.  For those people who are… Read More »

It’s so hot you can fry an egg…

It’s so hot you can fry an egg on the sidewalk.  Well, not really. This is a mini heat wave. A junior to the senior heat we get in August and September. This is a non-fry an egg on the sidewalk type of wanna be broiler. With a little time on our hands Monday, my son and I surmised that the concrete wouldn’t fry anything except an earth worm.  Don’t worry, we didn’t cook an earth worm. In order to… Read More »


Finally it seems, summer has arrived.   Even though the temperatures are about normal for June, it feels downright hot.  I guess because winter stole the show from spring.  What we all need to do now is acclimatize to the incipient summer. I couldn’t get out of the hot weather on Tuesday.  Starting my daily routine of checking web gauges (such a geeky thing) around the north coast, it was already warm in the geysers field, for that matter this… Read More »

Kicking and screaming

March ended with an early season heat wave. About time, Mrs. Nature. Oh, but those couple ‘o weeks of rain were gully washers.  Old Man Winter, the husband of the Mrs., was going out kicking and screaming. Mother Earth wasn’t giving up that easily, especially after we were teased with a January and half of warmth, sans precipitation. Earth’s relative, Zeus, decided to join in an decided enough with falsetto spring, unleashing a tsunami on Crescent City, an EF1 twister… Read More »