Looking West Toward The Grapevine

I took these on the way home from Lancaster this afternoon. It was snowing when we left but this one was really heavy duty.

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The Rain and a Train

Got a few good ones on the way home this morning. We had been having rain since about sunrise and it was intense at first and then became a steady heavy drizzle.

The BNSF 5402 East was hauling ass through it as it headed for Barstow and a crew change for points east from Barstow.

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California City Boulevard from CA 58
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BNSF 5402 East through the highway spray

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A clearer view of BNSF 5402 East
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CA 58 looking toward the rain shrouded Tehachapi

It was definitely a wet morning!

Getting some heavy weather

Mother Nature is at it again. We are in for some rain and very high winds this afternoon and evening.

Our immediate forecast includes winds up to 75 mph according to the Wind Warning, with the rain. For those who think the desert is a dry and warm place should come here at this time of year………….

It has snowed a handful of times since we came to California. When I was working the ballast trains, it snowed at Amboy out there along the old 66/A T & S F in December of 2007.

California City Forecast for 31 January 2016

A Winter’s Day in The AV

We finally got some rain out here in the SE Kern County Desert. Not enough to end the drought but enough to make the ground wet and spray on the highway.

AV Rain 7 AV Rain 2 AV Rain 1Not the best as they were taken with the Android Smart Phone. I had an appointment at the VA Community Outreach Clinic in Lancaster today for a “Vision Acuity Check.” It is the precursor to a full eye exam at the Sepulveda ACC in the San Fernando Valley.

High Wind Warning in The Mojave Desert

These things at times are never ending around here. It  has actually picked up since sun up. The line will be interesting to say the least.

High Wind Warning

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HANFORD CA
1059 AM PDT TUE MAY 28 2013

CAZ095-099-290200-
/O.CON.KHNX.HW.W.0005.000000T0000Z-130529T0600Z/
/O.CON.KHNX.WI.Y.0040.130529T0600Z-130530T1200Z/
KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS-SOUTHEASTERN KERN COUNTY DESERT-
1059 AM PDT TUE MAY 28 2013

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS
EVENING...
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO
5 AM PDT THURSDAY...

A HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS
EVENING FOR THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND THE SOUTHEASTERN KERN
COUNTY DESERT. A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS
EVENING TO 5 AM PDT THURSDAY FOR THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND
THE SOUTHEASTERN KERN COUNTY DESERT.

* WINDS: WEST TO NORTHWEST 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH.
  WIND GUSTS TO 75 MPH ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH AND BELOW DESERT
  FACING PASSES AND CANYONS.

* TIMING: THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR DURING THE AFTERNOON
  AND EVENING HOURS. WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DECREASE BEFORE
  MIDNIGHT BUT GUSTS WILL REMAIN IN THE 50 TO 55 MPH RANGE
  INTO EARLY THURSDAY.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: ROSAMOND...EDWARDS AFB...MOJAVE...TEHACHAPI.
  HIGHWAY 14 FROM ROSAMOND TO RED ROCK CANYON AND HIGHWAY 58
  BETWEEN TEHACHAPI AND MOJAVE WILL BE MOST VULNERABLE TO VERY
  STRONG CROSS WINDS WITH AREAS OF BLOWING DUST AND SAND.

* IMPACTS: THE STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CAUSE DIFFICULT
  DRIVING CONDITIONS FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES..INCLUDING
  MOTOR HOMES. IN ADDITION...AREAS OF BLOWING DUST AND SAND
  COULD RESTRICT THE VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT
  TIMES.

* FOR A DETAILED VIEW OF THE HAZARD AREA...VISIT
  http://WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/WRH/WHV/?WFO=HNX.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. WIND GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY
DAMAGE. DRIVERS OF HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES WILL NEED TO USE EXTREME
CAUTION...ESPECIALLY THOSE WHICH HAVE LIGHT LOADS. FREEWAY ON AND
OFF RAMPS AROUND MOJAVE CAN BE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT GUSTS OF 45 MPH OR MORE ARE EXPECTED.
WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR
HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

&&

$$

Wind Advisory

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HANFORD CA
1059 AM PDT TUE MAY 28 2013

CAZ095-099-290200-
/O.CON.KHNX.HW.W.0005.000000T0000Z-130529T0600Z/
/O.CON.KHNX.WI.Y.0040.130529T0600Z-130530T1200Z/
KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS-SOUTHEASTERN KERN COUNTY DESERT-
1059 AM PDT TUE MAY 28 2013

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS
EVENING...
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO
5 AM PDT THURSDAY...

A HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS
EVENING FOR THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND THE SOUTHEASTERN KERN
COUNTY DESERT. A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS
EVENING TO 5 AM PDT THURSDAY FOR THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND
THE SOUTHEASTERN KERN COUNTY DESERT.

* WINDS: WEST TO NORTHWEST 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH.
  WIND GUSTS TO 75 MPH ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH AND BELOW DESERT
  FACING PASSES AND CANYONS.

* TIMING: THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR DURING THE AFTERNOON
  AND EVENING HOURS. WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DECREASE BEFORE
  MIDNIGHT BUT GUSTS WILL REMAIN IN THE 50 TO 55 MPH RANGE
  INTO EARLY THURSDAY.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: ROSAMOND...EDWARDS AFB...MOJAVE...TEHACHAPI.
  HIGHWAY 14 FROM ROSAMOND TO RED ROCK CANYON AND HIGHWAY 58
  BETWEEN TEHACHAPI AND MOJAVE WILL BE MOST VULNERABLE TO VERY
  STRONG CROSS WINDS WITH AREAS OF BLOWING DUST AND SAND.

* IMPACTS: THE STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CAUSE DIFFICULT
  DRIVING CONDITIONS FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES..INCLUDING
  MOTOR HOMES. IN ADDITION...AREAS OF BLOWING DUST AND SAND
  COULD RESTRICT THE VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT
  TIMES.

* FOR A DETAILED VIEW OF THE HAZARD AREA...VISIT
  http://WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/WRH/WHV/?WFO=HNX.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. WIND GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY
DAMAGE. DRIVERS OF HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES WILL NEED TO USE EXTREME
CAUTION...ESPECIALLY THOSE WHICH HAVE LIGHT LOADS. FREEWAY ON AND
OFF RAMPS AROUND MOJAVE CAN BE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT GUSTS OF 45 MPH OR MORE ARE EXPECTED.
WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR
HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

&&

$$

Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY - HANFORD CA
337 AM PDT TUE MAY 28 2013

CAZ095-098-099-291045-
KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS-INDIAN WELLS VALLEY-
SOUTHEASTERN KERN COUNTY DESERT-
337 AM PDT TUE MAY 28 2013

...STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS...

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS
AND DESERTS.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A HIGH WIND WARNING AND WIND ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS
OF THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS. SEE SFONPWHNX FOR
DETAILS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY

GUSTY WINDS WILL CONTINUE INTO EARLY THURSDAY BEFORE DIMINISHING.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SKYWARN SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT ANTICIPATED.

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT ANY SIGNIFICANT OR
UNUSUAL CONDITIONS TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

Friday…………..the 13th

The weather in The High Desert today………….it was ugly.

Rain.

Wind.

Rain.

Thunderstorms on the Field.

I had to wear my parka. I have had my first week since I began here almost 2 & 1/2 years ago of not being on the line. It was all on my jet in the hangar for an airframe inpsection with the engine removed.

The old hangars leak cold air and in some spots, water.

Interesting day to say the least.

The higher elevations were under a winter storm warning……………….they got it………………….it was snowing on The Tehachapi when I was coming home today……….

Doing up a couple of tuna steaks an julienne potatoes for supper.

Got Penguins and Flyers on, game two of that series. Kings at Canucks later.

Because it’s the Cup.