6 AM Sunrise

CALIFORNIA'S DROUGHT is front-page news and mandatory water restrictions are a real possibility.  This means conservation of water use with shorter showers, limited irrigation, washing, cooking, rinsing, and so on.  We learned that 2013 was the driest year in California since it became a state, and this year has been no better.  So now we pay attention to the forecasts - both short and long term - looking for signs of change.

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"Red sky in the morning" marks a dramatic sunrise that occurs when the sun's ray's flash briefly beneath the morning cloud cover to the east. The phenomenon is noted in a widely known proverb for weather watchers:

Red sky at night, shepherd's delight.
Red sky at morning, shepherd take warning

This rule of thumb helps plan our day without the benefit of sophisticated weather instruments.  As the earth rotates eastward, stormy weather approaches from the west and a reddish sunrise (not sunset) foreshadows the approaching systems.

West Coast weather approaches from the Pacific Ocean and low pressure systems normally bring moisture with them.  However, these days a high pressure ridge has parked itself off the coast and blocked the systems from us.  And so we patiently wait for the high pressure to weaken and allow the lows to deliver the moisture.

This morning we saw evidence of change -- the first morning red sky in a long while!  Let's hope the ancient proverb holds true and foreshadows a wetter month ahead.

AuthorRich Monroe

THE LATE DAY activity at the airport was particularly dramatic as we watched the final landing of a plane just as the sun touched down on the distant horizon.  The dusky sky had grown dim, ablaze in warm shades of orange as the sun dipped in the sky.  Perfect timing and a grand finale to a terrific day!  For the last time the pilot taxied back to the hangar, and safely back on the ground, it was time to return home and enjoy the evening with the family. 

"There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're free!  Don't miss too many of them"  - Jo Walton

AuthorRich Monroe

A SIGN on the fence we hiked past warned "Caution Critters"  but we saw none along the trail.  Perhaps "Watch your Step"  would be more appropriate.  Although we need more rain, the recent warm days have encouraged early blooms that attract birds, bugs, and bees -- but the larger critters still remain close to their dens or hidden in the thick brush. Still, the green ferns and shrubs playfully danced in the streaming sunlight.  

With patience and many return visits we'll cross paths with those other critters, but for today we'll enjoy the plants, the woodlands, the fresh air, and the sunshine.  Not a bad consolation.

AuthorRich Monroe