weather / book report
Issued by The National Weather Service
San Diego, CA
12:53 pm PST, Thu., Jan. 14, 2010
... BIG CHANGES IN THE WEATHER NEXT WEEK...
MAJOR CHANGES ARE EXPECTED IN THE SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA WEATHER AFTER THIS WEEKEND. A SERIES OF STORMS WILL BRING CLOUDS... COOLING... WIND... AND PERIODS OF LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN NEXT WEEK WITH SNOW AT THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.
THERE IS STILL A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE EXACT TIMING AND RAINFALL AMOUNTS... BUT THESE STORMS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE QUITE VIGOROUS... AND BRING LARGE RAINFALL TOTALS TO THE LOWER ELEVATIONS AND HEAVY SNOW TO THE MOUNTAINS.
THIS ALL WEEK LONG EVENT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE RAINFALL OF 4 TO 8 INCHES NEAR THE COAST... TO 20 OR MORE INCHES ON THE COASTAL MOUNTAIN SLOPES. TYPICALLY WETTER LOCATIONS ON THE COASTAL MOUNTAINS SLOPES COULD RECEIVE 30 OR MORE INCHES OF RAINFALL. EVEN THE DESERT LOCATIONS ARE LIKELY TO RECEIVE SEVERAL INCHES OF RAIN.
SNOW LEVELS WILL MOSTLY FLUCTUATE BETWEEN 5500 AND 6500 FEET WHICH WOULD CONFINE HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS TO MAINLY THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS IN THE SAN BERNARDINO AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS. UP TO AROUND 4 FEET OF SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE AT THE HEAVIEST LOCATIONS.
IF RAIN DEVELOPS AS EXPECTED THEN THERE WILL BE A POTENTIAL OF FLASH FLOODING... MUD AND DEBRIS FLOW... ESPECIALLY IN AND BELOW RECENTLY BURNED AREAS. THE RAIN WILL MAKE ROADS SLICK AND TRAVEL THROUGH THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE MOUNTAINS COULD BECOME HAZARDOUS DUE TO SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. HEAVY SNOW COULD ALSO CREATE AN AVALANCHE THREAT FOR AREAS LOCATED BELOW STEEP SLOPES OF THE HIGHER SAN BERNARDINO AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS.
PEOPLE SHOULD STAY UPDATED WITH THE LATEST FORECASTS.
That said, it may be time to gather some firewood and collect a few good books.
I have been reading The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
He is my kind of guy
Photo from his blog
If you like to read book reviews here's one
So surf your brains out then kick back with a good read.
It doesn't get any better than that!