A Seasonal Celebration
"Except. What is normal at any given time? We change just as the seasons change, and each spring brings new growth. So nothing is ever quite the same” wrote Sherwood Smith.
Kyla at Wells Fargo in Excelsior just reminded me how much she NEEDS the changing seasons. If the weather was the same day after day there would be no need for meteorologists!
I just returned from such a place near San Diego, a lush spit of land called Coronado. Every day was sunny. The big mystery: what time would the fog burn off? Will the mercury hit 80F or 90F?
"I don't think I've used a jacket once since I've been out here, my Navy helicopter pilot-son told me. "But I do miss the seasons. I miss Minnesota." I love the seasons - but I'd love to be bored for a year or two. That would be a welcome sensation.
The current pattern is quite dull for March with a series of scrawny clippers. I still don't see any big, moisture-rich storms pushing across the Plains, capable of heavy rain or snow. A light mix is possible Sunday night; the atmosphere mild enough for rain showers next Tuesday.
No drama. No big warm fronts either. Expect highs mostly in the 40s and 50s, followed by more jacket weather late next week as we make the long, slow turn toward spring.
More bullet points from the article (thanks to Hunter Cutting)
"California's agricultural interests use 80 percent of the available water in the state each year, even though they represent just 2 percent of California's economy."
"California's almond crop now consumes more water than all outdoor watering combined."
"At least 70 percent of the state's almond crop is now exported — much of it to China. In other words, we're essentially exporting our water to China."
"In the past decade, the number of almond orchards in the state has grown by roughly 50 percent — primarily because tree nuts are highly profitable for farmers."
TODAY: Mostly cloudy & breezy. Winds: S 10-15. High: 51
THURSDAY NIGHT: Lingering clouds. Low: 35
FRIDAY: More clouds, few showers north. High: 56
SATURDAY: Partly sunny and cooler. Wake-up: 31. High: 43
SUNDAY: Clouds increase. Light mix late? Wake-up: 26. High: 38
MONDAY: Early slush? Still gray and damp. Wake-up: 29. High: near 40
TUESDAY: Milder breeze, PM rain showers. Wake-up: 31. High: 50
WEDNESDAY: Wet start, partial clearing, cooler. Wake-up: 36. High: 48
Photo Illustration by Emil Lendof/The Daily Beast.
1. I want to remain optimistic, but not foolishly so -- for there is a fine line between optimism and wishful thinking, and wishful thinking will not protect our children.
2. I want to allow myself to get skillfully angry -- because the alternative is a quiet despair and inaction, or the kind of talk that tends to get one dismissed as "shrill" or worse..."
Photo credit above: "Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and research scientist in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale, speaks Tuesday, March 10, as part of the Heuermann Lectures in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln." (Craig Chandler/UNL Communications).
* More perspective on emerging trends in Antarctica from The Sydney Morning Herald.
Image credit: "Arctic sea ice extent for 2015 compared to other recent years and the recent average. The likely winter peak indicated with arrow." National Snow and Ice Data Center and Mashable.