Rainy day in the Southeast Kern County Desert

We had some pretty significant rain on Thursday. According to a friend of mine, almost an inch. The fire ravaged areas in LA, Ventura, Orange, Santa Barbara and Riverside counties really got it hard.

That aside, some of the cloud formations were a bit interesting. So without further ado, here we go. I took these at a dirt parking area at the junction of CA 58 and California City Boulevard.

ORPO sends.

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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.

Storm in The Desert

On occasion this time of year we get these big Thunder Bumpers. It makes me think of Kansas. Yeah, I miss The Sunflower State.

This storm looked like it had a lot of rain but out here, most of the rain does not reach the ground. It is the powerful wind pushing the sand and dirt. Visibility on the roads suffers because of the blowing sand.

This big puppy was to the East over North Edwards, Boron, Kramer Junction and Barstow at least.

Storm 18 Aug 2013-2
Looking NNE toward The Rand Mountains

 

Storm 18 Aug 2013-1
To the East over Casa de Sharon y Glenn in Cal City

 

Severe weather in Kansas

Had cause for some worry this past weekend. We have kids and grand kids in Wichita. It was hit by an EF-3 tornado that was about a third of a mile across.

Did damage to three aircraft plants and the Air Refueling Wing flew the tankers to South Dakota.

Life on the Central Plains, it is.

http://www.kansas.com/2012/04/15/2297609/aerial-photos-of-storm-damage.html

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.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

The first taste of winter in the Kern County High Desert!!!!!!!!!!!

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON PST TUESDAY FOR ELEVATIONS AT OR ABOVE 2500 FEET…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HANFORD HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON PST TUESDAY FOR THE KERN COUNTY DESERTS AT ELEVATIONS AT OR ABOVE 2500 FEET.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: FROM JUST A DUSTING AT LOWEST ELEVATIONS TO AS MUCH AS 6-10 INCHES ALONG THE SOUTH FACING SLOPES OF THE EL PASO MOUNTAINS. MAJOR POPULATIONS CENTERS SUCH AS RIDGECREST…CALIFORNIA CITY AND ROSAMOND WILL SEE SNOW AMOUNTS RANGING FROM 1-4 INCHES.

Full details at the link.

http://www.accuweather.com/watches-warnings.asp?partner=vista4&zipcode=93524&county=CAc029&zone=CAz099

Tornado Activity in Kansas and Oklahoma

Daughter, Son, Daughter in Law and three Grand Daughters in Wichita. Also friends and old neighbors are there as well.

This is severe weather season in The Central Plains. Been rough so far since the weekend. Now up to 117 confirmed fatalities in Joplin, Missouri.

Being here in California we do get worried.

http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/50084/tornadoes-about-to-swarm-the-o.asp