Thursday, September 22, 2016

Graphic of the Day - CA Reservoir Levels (9/16)

Here is an interesting update to where things stand in regards to reservoir levels throughout the state of California in light of the current historic drought entering its fifth year. Graphic courtesy of Ed Joyce via Twitter (all rights reserved).

Picture of the Day - Soberanes Fire Two-Month Anniversary

Two months ago this morning, the Soberanes Fire started from an illegal campfire in Garrapata State Park in Monterey County's Big Sur Coast in the Santa Lucia Range. It would quickly spread into the Ventana Wilderness Area of the  Monterey District of the Los Padres National Forest. It would also kill one firefighter and destroy 57 homes, all of which occurred in the first week or so of the fire. The fire has burned 125,344 acres and is 71% contained with the remaining 29% containment requiring many tens of thousands of acres of additional acreage to char. The image above was captured by  Cal Fire Air Attack 460 during the failed Extended Attack the first afternoon of the fire two months ago today. This image was posted on the Cal Fire BEU Facebook page noting the fire had at that point consumed 250 acres. For an enlarged version of image above just click on it.
Photo courtesy Cal Fire (all rights reserved).

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Graphic of the Day - Current Wildfires (9/21/16)

Here is the latest version of this map from Cal OES before it possibly changes dramatically as a significant autumnal wind event rakes the Soberanes Fire and possibly the Canyon Fire as well as any new starts that might erupt in wind-affected areas. Note: the Soberanes Fire is under a Red Flag Warning at this time as are significant swaths of California, north, east, and south.

Texas Tornadoes & Divorces

My friend Dan Chase told me this joke previously, but forgot it until he reminded me of it this morning.
"How are a Texas tornado and a Texas divorce different?"
"Not sure, but in both cases somebody is going to lose a trailer!"

Last Summer's Day At Kiler Canyon Farm

As with my previous visit to Kiler Canyon Farm last month which I covered HERE, I threw the adventure together kind of at the last minute last night by way of once again yelling over the fence into the backyard of the Chase Home next door and asking my lovely neighbors there (children or friends of children of the Chase Clan) if they thought I'd be welcome out at the farm the following Wednesday morning (Wednesday mornings are when the weekly harvest occurs). After receiving an encouraging exhortation from Claire and Noah, I headed out there this morning.

Once again today, the final day of summer, high clouds from the remnants of Hurricane Paine were drifting over the area from the east giving us what traditionally was and is called a "buttermilk" or "mackeral" sky, in today's case caused by altocumulus clouds.

I have come to love these people as an extension of my own ad-hoc, motley crew, adopted family which God has given me in light of my having hardly any remaining biological family of my own. It was nice to catch up with the fam and recharge the batteries before going back into the fray at Cal Poly for one more year starting this Friday. Following doing minimal work on the harvest itself as I was rather late showing up in the 8 a.m. hour, I helped as I could and broke bread with them.

Not wanting to arrive empty-handed and be a mooch, I stopped by a Mexican store (La Reyna) in Paso Robles on the way and picked up two pounds of fresh, local chorizo as a sort of breakfast potluck contribution. The Chases sent me home with a half-bushel basket of veggies. I reciprocated by picking up Quill's turquoise-colored stone order once I got back into town and Dan's ruby request for his child. Thanks, fam, for the food and veggies and fellowship!

The lower Chase House with the upper one being on a nearby ridge.
Hurricane Paine moisture streaming over the area this morning before the weather shift to autumn this evening.
Food and flowers are what this farm feeds.
The Barn exterior
The Barn interior showing filled and stacked and ready to go half-bushel baskets.
North view of the lower Chase House
South view of the lower Chase House.
"Scarlet Pimpernel" tomatoes as taxonomically designated by Dan this very morning for the first time.
Breakfast of champions
Communal-style dining that recalls to my mind eating at Samoa Cookhouse in Eureka, CA.
Right after breakfast word quickly ran through the farm of a rattlesnake in the garden that might have bitten a Chase cat. As it turns out, a Chase cat bit a gopher snake doing its darnedest to sound and look like a rattler.
I watched this cow get milked (and sampled said milk) at the potluck here in May, 2015.
Here Pig, Pig, Pig!!!
I LOVE this pizza/bread oven!
After hearing a tree cracking in the copse of oaks to the west of the lower Chase House, I headed off into said copse in hopes of watching something interesting. Instead, I found some interesting mechanical artifacts I was previously unaware were parked on this property.
This week's harvest being loaded up for delivery in Atascadero and Paso Robles, CA.
All photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Pyrocumulus Over Vandenberg AFB

I just now discovered this videographer on Youtube while searching for some cool Canyon Fire video footage there. This guy is not a professional but he has potential and this stuff is good enough to scratch my itch for some fire weather phenomenon such as these pyrocumulus clouds yesterday. Note: as of tonight, the fire has consumed an estimated 12,000 acres. There is no decent website to which to link to as Vandenberg Air Force Base has done a wretched job of keeping the public informed up to this point in the fire emergency which threatens to leave the base. 

Alt-Right Chain-of-Command Chart

If I have to explain, you wouldn't understand. For those who do, ENJOY!