Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Desperately Needed: Solar Input
Eleven days without sunshine, and we Napkins are getting antsy. Me, anyway. I'd have to do some research to know for sure, but it sure seems like it didn't used to be this way in the winter: a month or two of sunny weather followed by six weeks of rain, then sunshine again and before you know it, we're well into spring. In the Bay Area of my youth, was there not a lovely mix -- two days of rain followed by four days of sunshine, interrupted by a day of rain, then five more days of sun, then maybe a week of rain and onward thusly? Ah, who the hell knows. In recent years the weather is an all-or-nothing proposition. And the forecast for the next week or so: bleak.

1 comment:

dan said...

The thing about the weather around these parts is ... we've got six or eight months of near certainty that it's going to be dry. What form the dry takes is another matter: We have the whole panoply of un-wet conditions from "morning low clouds giving way to afternoon sunshine, then evening low clouds" to clear and sunny all day to hot and dry and watch out from those Diablo winds.

Then we've got the wet months. My first full winter, '76-'77, here was during a severe drought. Everyone talked about it, but I had nothing to compare it to, so the endless progression of warm sunny days through January and February were untroubling. We had one good soaking rain, in mid-March. And that was it. Since then, I've been inculcated in the full belief system of Northern California winter weather. In later drought years -- remember the stretch from '86 through '91? -- I knew to be troubled when the rain didn't fall, to weight my actions when flushing the toilet or running the hose, to track precipitation not only here in the lowlands but our precious life-giving snowpack, too.

Anyway, you're right about recent years: Seems like we've been getting a few big blasts of rain, especially early in the season, and then the storms just go someplace else for weeks on end.

Anyway, yo