Saturday, January 17, 2009
Absurd weather, even for California
We should be very moist right now. There should be dire warnings of flooding and mudslides and high winds and general misery. Well, as much misery as you can have without being cold enough for snow.
Instead, we are enjoying exceptionally fine weather for January. It still gets a bit cool at night, usually around 40, but during the day the sun shines and the upper 60s or warmer are now normal. Almost nobody around here isn't feeling at least a little bit guilty about this weather - if we don't start getting some rain, lots of rain, we are in for a bad summer filled with water rationing and empty reservoirs. Last winter was below normal and the winter before that was as well - three in a row just about does us in.
Look at that picture up on top. I believe those are daffodils that are about to bloom. I'm not sure what those other green things are that are popping out of the ground, but I'm pretty sure they aren't supposed to be popping out yet.
This other picture shows a locus snatcher in full bloom. Way ahead of schedule. The good news is that there is little chance of a freeze now, but it could happen.
That's it - move along...
PS: I know that this is post may result in a few hostile comments from certain people living back east and in Colorado where they have REAL cold weather. It was either whining about the weather or more Caltrain stuff, so I chose the lesser of the two evils.
PPS: Yes, I know that I made up that name for the purple flower. I'm convinced that most people do this - it's not possible to know the actual names of all these flowers. Never the less, I expect at least one person to comment with the correct name (or at least a better made up name than "locus snatcher").