Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
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.
Monday, October 17, 2005
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.
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.
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
Sunday, October 16, 2005
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.