Friday, October 28, 2005

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Hail video

You can now see the hail video here

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Highway 5 is such a blur, especially at night. I didn't get home until midnight. Posted by Picasa

the bay, the sun Posted by Picasa

SF and window bug splats from I-5 Posted by Picasa

the Mission district.. i used to hate this place SO much, it is amazing how things change. The parking is still horrible, but this time i had a lot of fun. It's good to see that i can adapt to new things so much better than i used to be able to. Posted by Picasa

Josh S. breaks the edge! Posted by Picasa

the barbecue Posted by Picasa

Boson as a biker Posted by Picasa

wtf? Posted by Picasa

This is my pumpkin! Posted by Picasa

I'm playing the Uke and kneeling on the kickball Posted by Picasa

This weekend i spontaneously went, of all places, to the bay area. I played kickball with some friends, you can see me in the back. I had an awesome time. I have had such an unpleasant history with the bay area that it's odd that i havent had problems anymore. I guess i have just adapted and changed to the point where i can take the good with the bad. Or maybe i just changed enough that i am not going to die there, after all. I didn't get the creepy feeling at all this time. Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 17, 2005

This is a screen capture from a pretty intense movie i took. Unfortunately i don't know how to post movies, but it is about 5 megs anyway. If anyone wants to see it or knows where to host a file so large, let me know Posted by Picasa

There were scattered moderate downpours but nothing to phase me much despite the random boulder rolling down the hill across the canyon from me. But as i hiked further, things changed. Thunder came in from the east (where the storms were coming from) and soon the roll of thunder was constant, and one rumble would start before the last one had ended. I also came to realize that under the trees it was almost as dark as night.
Since the storm was obviously not going to miss, and was obviously not the typical California storm, i headed back to the car. But the rain started, and the sky got that funny color you get before hail. I figured why risk it, and bolted the last 1/10th of the mile to the car.
I wanted to make it to the building around the corner but i didnt. I opted for the car over the eaves of a metal storage shed, and sat in the car wondering if the window would break. Once the storm let up, this is what i saw. A mudslide was pouring down the hill and the ground was covered in marble sized hail.Posted by Picasa

Today i decided to drive up to Clear Creek to check on a site. It seemed that the weather had died down to scattered showers.. but this view of 'Big T' canyon suggested otherwise. Sometimes the radar can't pick up on the storms in the mountains. Nevertheless, i bravely drove on up and began wandering the site. Posted by Picasa

The next morning there was a big storm to the west Posted by Picasa

Then for about an hour the storm sat overhead... this is a screen capture from a movie i took. Posted by Picasa

Since i moved to Pasadena, there have been at least 3 thunderstorms. (I say at least because there were 3 storms, but each one contained many smaller cells.) Last night at about 1 AM this one came in... fast moving clouds from the east lit up orange by the streetlights. At first the moon was shining through a hole in the clouds and everything was calm execpt for the approaching thunder in the distance. But then, the storm got closer Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Here is a picture of the snow, stolen from Josh's camera. Posted by Picasa

This is the sun setting the second night. About 15 minutes after the picture was taken, that cloud had grown to cover the whole sky. It became very windy and cold that night.. and we woke up to a downpour/flurry of huge wet snowflakes. The snow only lasted about 15 minutes, and did not stick.. but it was cool. It was cold and drizzly the rest of the day. Posted by Picasa

Josh had been throwing acorns earlier so when he was asleep we grabbed a bunch and buried him in them. It all degenerated until somehow i got locked with Josh on the balcony and was pelted from below by acorns (how did i end up out there too?).  Posted by Picasa

Adamant card playing Posted by Picasa

This is me trying to be a hipster. Ignore the green Park Service pants, they aren't very hip Posted by Picasa

an oak close up Posted by Picasa

Fall color makes Josh laugh.. or else he was laughing at Julie Posted by Picasa