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WE Build Weather

While the weather down here in the LA Basin tends toward boring, you don’t have to get far up into the mountains and high desert valleys to find places where you’ll have it in the 40’s in the morning and 90’s in the afternoon, with thunderstorms and some most interesting clouds.

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Clouds Don’t Care

It doesn’t matter how stupid, hateful, ignorant, racist, misogynistic, homophobic, or clueless we get as individuals, or as a species.

Clouds don’t care.

Nor does it matter how intelligent, loving, resourceful, inclusive, or insightful we get as individuals, or as a species.

Clouds don’t care.

I wish I could be a cloud.

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Pre-Dusk Clouds

It wasn’t really “afternoon” any more at 18:15 local, about forty-five minutes before sunset, but it wasn’t really “dusk” either – so let’s call it “pre-dusk,” shall we?

The clouds were beautiful and layered and interesting, but the sun was still really bright. How do I block it just a little so my picture isn’t ruined? Maybe stand right there in the shade of the trunk of that pine tree?

A little further out into the parking lot another option presents itself. The parking lot lights have these huge, smoky colored glass balls on top of the column. What if I stand right in the shadow of that? I like that one a lot!

Over by the car, not being blocked by the building any more, there looked to be some sort of mechanism at work in multiple dimensions and at multiple altitudes, breaking the clouds into rows and ripples. There’s a low-level band of them from center left to lower right, but another very high level group going at 90° to that from center left to center bottom.

Gravity waves, perhaps?

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The Winds, She Are A-Howlin’

49 MPH?

Sounds about right! And here’s what it sounded like…

Those wind chimes will be working overtime. I guess it will be a stress test on the workmanship in the new nest out on the patio that those house finches built.

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Mottled Sky

I liked the texture on the underside of this cloud layer a few days ago – not quite mammatus clouds, but there’s a bit of that sort of structure, especially in the lower left above the palm trees.

Simple pleasures. Better when shared.

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Mare’s Tails

(Click on it to see it in all of its glory!)

These high, thin, wispy cirrus clouds are often called “Mare’s Tails.” They were particularly lovely tonight at sunset over Southern California.

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Patterns & Trends

One of my jobs working my way through college all those decades ago was as  a night auditor at a hotel. It’s where I learned accounting, which is pretty much what I’ve done in one form or the other for the past forty years, so I guess some of it must have stuck. One of the things I learned as an auditor, where you’re sort of looking for things that are wrong or off-kilter, is to look at patterns and trends.

In other professions where folks are looking for problems, looking for failure points, looking for root causes of accidents, patterns and trends are a key indicator in the data to point the way to the truth. That assembly line used to fail once a month, then every other week, now every week? Your car used to never burn oil, then it started using a little, now you’re down a quart every month? Your airline used to lose x bags a month, then it was 2x bags a month, now it’s 3x?

Something is wrong!

So it is with some concern I note that I have twice this week just simply forgotten to post my daily something here. Yesterday I actually had the photos and a story and had downloaded them from my phone…and then I just forgot to finish and post.

Something is wrong! In the nearly six years that I’ve had this site up, I can just about count on one hand the number of days when I didn’t post, and in almost all of those cases there was a reason. Twice in five days to just forget?!

That’s annoying.


Pictures from the parking lot last night, after the storms.

There have been a LOT of storms. The average rainfall in Los Angeles through this point in the season is 11.61″. The average rainfall in Los Angeles for an entire year is 14.93″. As of Wednesday we were at 17.99″ already, it rained yesterday, there’s more rain coming late this weekend, and we still have many months to go in the season. (I think it goes November 1st through October 31st.)

Somewhere in those pictures should be a very, very thin crescent moon. I didn’t see it when I took the pictures but I did see it just a few minutes later when I got home. I’ve looked at the pictures and can’t see it – maybe it was hiding behind one of those clouds. Or maybe you can find it.

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