Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Last Sunday night and Monday morning a rare late may storm moved into the area, bringing anywhere between .8 inches of rain in LA to 2.5 inches in parts of Malibu. This storm set records for late season rainfall... it also caused the creek behind my office, which was going dry for the summer, to fill with water again. The soils in the mountains got a good soaking from this overnight storm, which should keep the flowers blooming for a while longer. It also brought the yearly rainfall in LA within an inch or two of 'average' - which is a quite normal amount of rain to receive. This year, most of the rain fell in fall and spring and the winter was rather dry.
This is a Ringneck snake.. a rather rare species of small, non-venomous snake. In addition to the bright red ring around its neck, its underside is also vibrant red. I found it hanging out in a small seep.. good habitat for a snake whos preferred prey includes amphibians such as salamanders and frogs.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Well, yesterday the clouds fizzled, but today they didn't. There were widespread afternoon thunderstorms in the deserts and high mountains, not much rain but plenty of lightning and wind. Unfortunately I wasn't in the high country but I did get some good views of the storms from the Santa Clarita area. Although Pasadena stayed rather cool, it was hot and muggy in Santa Clarita, and felt like the east coast.