Fudge Words?

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Karen Paulsell from Friends of Sausal Creek sent me this note that I wanted to share:

“I read the National Weather Services “forecast discussion” in addition to looking at the forecast icons and temps.  I know this doesn’t sound very encouraging, but it’s the best I’ve seen for ages:

LONGER RANGE MODEL OUTPUT IS STARTING TO BECOME A BIT MORE CONSISTENT IN INDICATING THE POSSIBILITY OF SOME RAIN FOR OUR AREA.

Them weatherfolks, always using fudge-words!”

The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge

The San Jose Mercury News has an interesting article about why we aren’t getting any rain. The refer to a phenomena called the “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” – the high pressure system sitting off our coast.

Ridiculously Resilient Ridge

Don’t you just love the drama of that image? Those hot reds…when I first saw this, I was so taken with the bump of red, I hardly saw the map of North America underlying it.

The ridge has been with us since December of 2012 – thirteen months so far. I feel like we are in one of those old Hollywood movies: cue to corn field in the midwest, waiting for rain. Where’s the Music Man or some other film-flam artist to create the “right” conditions for rain?

And when our Ridge finally goes away what will happen? A catchup amount of rain or will the season be over?

Winter Frosts: Preparing the Garden for Weather

Native plants can be harmed by unexpected cold weather, including large amounts of snowfall, just like their exotic counterparts. In a completely natural setting this would rarely occur, since these species are adapted to the variable temperature range. However, in the built environment, frost damage is increasingly likely since we frequently use native plants from other regions. Gardeners should look first to their locally native plants as much as possible, since they have evolved to suit local conditions. Plants that originated in Southern California, the Channel Islands or in our low deserts look lovely in gardens, and when winter comes, they may be at the edge of their cold-tolerance range. Continue reading

Dry but blooming

San Diego continues to be dry. My relatives in town from Washington D. C. and Boston are loving it. Yesterday we drove down through Baja into the Valle de Guadelupe and it was gorgeous and warm – sunshine abounded.

My Salvia spathacea is starting to bloom, in spite of the lack of rain. Maybe we will have a bit of rain soon? Heaven forfend, not on January 1, but some time soon.

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Salvia spathacea starting to bloom